Welcome from the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor Consuelo Arbona assumed the role of associate dean of graduate studies on July 1, 2019. She has worked for the UH College of Education since 1986, as a professor of counseling psychology, an associate department chair and a doctoral program director.
Dr. Arbona is an accomplished teacher and scholar. Her research interests include issues of ethnic identity, minority stress and acculturation in relation to psychological adjustment and career development with a focus on Latina and Latino populations.
As associate dean, Dr. Arbona is committed to supporting student success, from admissions through graduation. She leads a team of advisors and staff dedicated to helping students and faculty thrive in the College’s research and real-world focused graduate programs.
Dr. Arbona currently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association Fellows Committee (2017-19) and is an APA fellow for Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) and Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology). In 2015 she received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Vocational Psychology, a Section of the Division of Counseling Psychology, in recognition of her commitment and substantial contribution to the field.
She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues as member at large representing the Latino/a slate. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and The Counseling Psychologist.
She earned a bachelor’s in economics and education from the College of New Rochelle in New York, a master’s in counseling and guidance from Universidad de Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.