Dr. Maryann Santos de Barona
Maryann Santos de Barona joined Purdue University as the dean of the College of Education in July 2009. She
arrived from Arizona State University, where she was senior associate dean for academic programs and personnel
with the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. Her diverse training in program evaluation and educational
psychology with an emphasis in school psychology resulted in a number of academic and administrative positions
at Arizona State University, including associate director and subsequently director of University Testing Services,
and school psychology training director. She reached the rank of full professor in 1999 having published over 40
refereed manuscripts and book chapters, and written and administered several grants.
Her research interests include the assessment of ethnic minority children and adolescents, P-20 pipeline
education issues to include high school completion and college attendance, and women's issues. She also
served as director of the High School Completion Initiative prior to entering university administration full-time.
Dr. Santos de Barona began her professional career working as a school psychologist in the Fort Worth and
Dallas Independent School Districts. In 1982, she moved to Texas A&M University where she served as a project
director and senior research scientist at the Behavioral Research Center, adjunct professor in the Department
of Psychology and later a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. In addition,
Dr. Santos de Barona has been very involved in the National Latino/a Psychological Association having served as
secretary, treasurer and president. Similarly, she was appointed by the governor to serve two terms on the State
of Arizona Board of Psychology Examiners where she completed a two-year term as chair.