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Dr. Maryann Santos de Barona

 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.

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