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Faculty Profile

Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo
Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
(806)834-6080 - Room 405

Auburn University, 2006

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Associate Editor, The Journal of Early Adolescence, (

International Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, Universidad CES Medellín, Colombia (

Program Director

Masters Degree & Graduate Certificate in Youth Development, Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

Graduate Minor in Cross-Cultural Studies


  • Adolescent Development
  • Risk-Taking & Deviance / Externalizing/Internalizing Behaviors
  • Ethnic/Racial Minorities and Immigrant Youth
  • Cross-Cultural Comparative Research

Current Projects:

2013-2017    Co-I. East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant, US Department of Education

2012-2015     Program Evaluator. Responsibility Education Program (PREP)/Youth Pregnancy Prevention Grant,
BCFS-Health & Human Services of Texas / The Administration on Children, Youth, and Families

2013-present Co-PI. Normalizing Sexual Development (NSD) Curriculum. Evidence-Based Comprehensive Sexual Education Prevention Program.

2011-present  PI. Youth Adjustment in the South Plains Region (Evidence-based Research) Partnership with VOICES of the South Plains Community Coalition and StarCare of Lubbock. 

Selected Recent Publications:

Corson, K., Colwell, M.J., Bell, N., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (2014). Wrapped up in Covers: Preschoolers' Secrets and Secret Hiding Places. Early Child Development and Care, 1-18 | doi: 10.1080/03004430.2013.876627

Trejos-Castillo, E. (Ed.) (2013). Youth: Practices, Perspectives and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY. ISBN: 978-1-62618-067-3

Velez, P., Restrepo, D.A., Berbesi-Fernandez, D., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (2013). Depression and Neighborhood Crime among Late Childhood to Early Adolescent Youth in Medellin–Colombia. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 16:E64, doi: 10.1017/sjp.2013.71.

Obland, T., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (2013). Cyberaggression: Comparisons of Cyberbullies and Cybervictims Throughout the World. In R. Hanewald (Ed.) From Cyber Bullying To Cyber Safety: Issues and Approaches in Educational Contexts. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.

Trejos-Castillo, E., Velez, P., & Guiérrez-Restrepo, M.C. (2013). From Traditional to Transmedia Storytelling: Constructing & Deconstructing Motherhood across Cultural Contexts. In Richey A., & Evans L. (Eds.), Mothering and Literacies, Demeter Press, Ontario, Canada.

Wherry, J.N., Hunsaker, S.F., Pettigrew, H.V., Conaway, I., Trejos-Castillo, E., Caldera, Y., & Borrego, J. (2012). Reliability and Validity of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children – Spanish Version. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma.

Trejos-Castillo, E., Treviño-Schafer, N., Brice, L. & McPherson, K. (2012). Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Youth: A Community Prevention Evidence-Based Program in Texas, USA. (Infecciones de Transmisión en la Juventud: Un Programa de prevención comunitario basado en la evidencia, en Texas, EE.UU.). Revista CES Psicología, 5, 25-38, Colombia, South America.

Selected Recognitions:

2014 President’s Mid-Career Award, Texas Tech University
2013 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas Tech University
2013 Top 14 Hispanic Professors in Texas, Texas
2012 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President, Texas Tech University
2012 Engaged and Integrated Scholar, Office of Institutional Diversity & Community Engagement, Texas Tech University.