Celina Benavides

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Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Department of Child and Family Studies
Office Location: ET A-505
Phone: 323-343-4594 Email: [email protected]
Ph.D. Positive Developmental Psychology                                             2018
Claremont Graduate University – Claremont, CA
Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
Ed.M. Human Development and Psychology                                         2010
Harvard Graduate School of Education – Cambridge, MA
M.A. Education                                                                                          2009
Whittier CollegeWhittier, CA
Department of Education and Child Development
B.A. Sociology                                                                                           2007
B.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA
Minor: Education and Applied Psychology, Teacher Preparation
Minor: Women’s Studies
Graduated with High Honors


Dr. Benavides has taught courses on a variety of topics, including social development and resiliency, middle childhood and adolescence, and urban families and communities. Below are some of the courses she has taught: CHDV 3210, CHDV 3400, CHDV 4360, CHDV 4440, CHDV 5060.


Dr. Benavides conducts research in two related topic areas: (1) the educational outcomes of students of color, and (2) the role of schools and communities in supporting the positive development of adolescents and young adults, namely through civic engagement initiatives and fostering purpose.