UCI Department of Education

Claudia Pineda

School of Education

Email: Claudia.Pineda@uci.edu
phone: 949.824.6097
office: Education 2078


Claudia G. Pineda, Ed. D. obtained her doctorate from the Department of Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned a Master's degree in Risk and Prevention in Adolescence at Harvard and was trained as a psychologist at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.

Her academic interests are twofold: On the one hand, she is focused on immigration research, specifically on the educational and psychosocial impact of family separations on the children left behind due to parental international migration. On the other hand, Pineda is interested in youth risk-taking behavior and resilience. She has worked on various research and evaluation studies of prevention programs aimed at promoting positive development in youth. Her dissertation integrated both interests by focusing on the ethnic identity and psychosocial development of immigrant Colombian youth in the context of an artistic intervention that taught them to dance and perform Colombian folkloric dances in Boston. Pineda has been an instructor at Harvard and at Northeastern University. Recently she was a Visiting Scholar at the Latin American Studies Program at Cornell University. Pineda published an encyclopedia chapter with Michael J. Nakkula on Students at Risk and is currently co-editing a book on Colombia Migration.