One of the greatest honors for a university professor is to be awarded an endowed chair. It means that your work as a teacher and scholar is recognized as noteworthy. In 2014 I was appointed the M.K. Hage Centennial Professor in Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
I am passionate about my teaching. It is a medium for sharing with students what I know about clinical practice, personality theories and psychopathology, and research methods. As a teacher, the magic of an undergraduate or graduate student discovering something new and making it their own is extremely rewarding.
In addition to teaching in the Department of Educational Psychology, and I am also affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, the Department for Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, and American Studies. My primary administrative home is within the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, which I directed for 13 years (1987-2000).
You may email me directly, or phone 512-471-0364.
COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL COURSES
This course covers the core concepts of classical and contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to treatment.
Object Relations Theory
This course covers psychoanalytic developmental theories (from Freud to current relational models) and their relationship to concepts of psychopathology and treatment.
This course is for doctoral counseling students who are working in practicum settings.
Rorschach and TAT Interpretation
This course teaches students the foundations of projective testing, with a strong emphasis on scoring and interpreting the Rorschach Inkblot Test and developing interpretive skills for clinical data.
This course covers a variety of qualitative, narrative, and ethnographic approaches to inquiry.
Spanish for the Helping Professions
This course is for graduate students with proficiency in Spanish who are working in clinical contexts with Spanish speaking patients.
LIBERAL ARTS HONORS COURSES
Documentary Film & Inquiry
Students in this course develop documentary projects over the course of the semester on a variety of topics of their choosing. Students learn the basic elements of documentary filmmaking, including interviewing, videography, and editing.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I serve on the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Training Program’s Executive Committee and on the Admissions Committee for both the doctoral and the Counselor Education programs. I am also the faculty member responsible for overseeing the doctoral program’s extensive practicum placement process. I also serve on the departmental Graduate Studies Committee, and on a variety of committees within the college and the university.
With students after receiving the Science Award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis in 2009.
Guest lecture Charles Ramirez Berg's Communications class