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Desdamona Rios


Desdamona is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Latinx and Latino American Studies program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at California State University-Northridge, and her joint doctorate in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She has been a SPSSI member since 2008 and in the spirit of SPSSI, her research and teaching are both social justice oriented. Her publications to date focus largely on intersectionality in the academy including pedagogical practices and faculty experiences. She's honored that her teaching practices have been acknowledged three times at the national level, including the SPSSI/Speaker at NITOP Award. Her work with SPSSI includes co-chairing SPSSI’s 2014 conference in Portland, Oregon, serving on the Dalmas A. Taylor Fellowship committee, the Innovative Teaching Award Committee, and as ad hoc reviewer for Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy journal. Outside of SPSSI, she serves as consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, and as a reviewer for NSF’s ADVANCE grant proposals. In Houston, she serves on the board of directors for Initiatives for Healthy Communities, an after-school enrichment program for children who live in subsidized housing communities, and the educational advisory board for the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans.