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Portrait of Rachel L. Navarro, Ph.D.

Rachel L. Navarro, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Counseling Psychology, Education, Health & Behavior
    • STEM Academic and Career Interests and Persistence, Psychological Well-Being, Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Vocational Psychology, Latina/o Psychology, Rural Psychology and Integrated Care, Quantitative Methods
  • Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Dean's Office Educ

Contact Info

Office Address

Education Building Room 304
231 Centennial Dr Stop 8255
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Navarro's programmatic research is in the subfield of multicultural counseling psychology and includes invited and professionally refereed presentations, manuscripts under review, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters. Her research currently encompasses the areas of (a) academic and career development, (b) campus climate, and (c) well-being—all with a focus on culturally diverse communities and their members, particularly Latina/os and Indigenous peoples and those living in rural areas. For example, she is very interested in the entry and persistence of women and members of underrepresented cultural groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors and careers. It is her hope that the research will guide individual counseling as well as group and organizational prevention and intervention programs conducted by academic, career, and personal counselors; vocational psychologists; and K-12 and higher education personnel professionals.  Her other professional interests include graduate training, rural psychology and integrated health care.    

SELECT PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS: (* = Student Contributor)

Lee, H-S., Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., & Suh, H. N.* (2018). Development of a negative outcome expectation scale for engineering students. Journal of Career Assessment, 26, 52-67.

Flores, L. Y., Li, F.*, & Navarro, R. L. (2017). Testing a model of engineering students’ persistence intentions in Holland-themed domains: Exploring gender and racial differences. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 23, 365-383.    

Garriott, P. O., Navarro, R. L., & Flores, L. Y. (2017). First-generation college students’ persistence in engineering majors: A longitudinal study. Journal of Career Assessment, 25, 93-106.

Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., & Ali, S. R. (2017). The State of SCCT Research in Relation to Social Class and Underserved Students in the United States. Journal of Career Assessment, 25, 6-23.

Lee, H. S.*, Flores, L. Y, Navarro, R. L., & Kangui-Munoz, M.* (2015). A longitudinal test of Social Cognitive Career Theory’s academic persistence model among Latina/o and White Men and women engineering students. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 88, 95-105.

Castillo, L. G., Navarro, R. L., Walker, J. E., Schwartz, S. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Whitbourne, S. K., Weisskirch, R. S., Kim, S. Y., Park, I. J. K., Vazsonyi, A. T., & Caraway, J. (2015). Gender matters: The influence of acculturation and acculturative stress on Latino college student depressive symptomatology. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3, 40-55.

Hardin, E. E., Robitschek, C., Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., & Ashton, M. W.* (2014). The Cultural Lens Approach to Evaluating Cultural Validity of Psychological Theory. American Psychologist, 69(7), 656-668.

Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Lee, H. S.*, & Gonzalez, R.* (2014). Testing a longitudinal social cognitive model of intended persistence with engineering students across gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 146-155.

Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., Lee, H. S.*, & Luna, L. L.* (2014). Predictors of Engineering-Related Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectations across Gender and Racial/Ethnic Groups. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 20, 149-169.

Navarro, R. L., Ojeda, L., Schwartz, S., Piña-Watson, B.*, & Luna, L. L.* (2014). Cultural self, personal self: Links with life satisfaction among Mexican American college students. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 2, 1-20.

Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., Lee, H. S.*, Addae, D. A.*, Gonzalez, R.*, Luna, L. L.*, Jacquez, R., Cooper, S., & Mitchell, M. (2014). Academic satisfaction among Latina/o and White men and women engineering students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(1), 81-92.

 

SELECT PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: (* = Student Contributor)

Hunt, H. K., Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., & Lee, H-S. (2016). Increasing diverse students’ persistence in engineering: A social cognitive perspective. 46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference Crossroads of Engineering and Business. October, 2016, Erie, PA.

Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., Lee, H. S.*, & Luna, L.* (2013). Does gender moderate the effects of learning experiences on engineering-related self-efficacy? WEPAN 2013 National Conference: Engage Everyone: Building an Inclusive Climate for Diverse Communities for Women in STEM. June, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL REFEREED PRESENTATIONS: (* = Student Contributor)

Navarro, R.L., Flores, L. Y., Hunt, H. K., Garriott, P. O., Lee, H-S., & Legerski, J. P. (August 2017). Psychology and Engineering: Bridging Efforts for a Common Goal. In S. R. Ali’s (Chair), Vocational Psychologists Collaborating with Other Disciplines to Better Understand Work and Careers. Symposia presented at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Carrero Pinedo, A.*, Navarro, R. L., Desjarlais, C. D.*, Brionez, J.*, Ayala, E. E.*, & Flores, L. Y. (August 2017). Understanding Factors Influencing Life Satisfaction for Latina/o Engineering Undergraduates. In B. Piña-Watson (Chair), The Influence of Cultural Values on Latino/a Physical and Psychological Health. Symposia presented at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Mango, M.*, Carrero Pinedo, A.*, Ayala, E. E.*, Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Legerski, J. P., & Garriott, P. O. (August 2017). Understanding Factors Related to Intended Persistence for Engineering Students: Gender and Ethnic Differences. Poster presented at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Lee, B. H.*, Flores, L. Y., & Navarro, R. L. (August 2017). Factors Influencing Major Choice of Women’s Engineering Students Using Profile Analysis. Poster presented at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Atilano, R.&, Flores, L. Y., & Navarro, R. L. (August 2017). Latina/o engineering students’ well-being. Poster presented at the 125th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Garriott, P. O., Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Lee, H-S., Slivensky, D.S.*, Muñoz, M.*, Atilano, R.*, Lin, R.*, Gonzalez, R.*, Luna, L. L.*, & Carrero Pinedo, A.* (January 2017). Latina/o Undergraduates in Engineering Majors: A Qualitative Study. Poster presented at the 10th Biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, OR.

Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Ayala, E.*, Brionez, J.*, Desjarlais, C.*, Slivensky, D.*, Diaz, D.*, Lee, B. H.*, Garriott, P., Lee, H.-S. (October 2016). Testing a social cognitive model of well-being with Latina/o engineering students. Poster presented at the National Latina/o Psychological Association’s biennial conference, Orlando, FL.

Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Legerski, J.P., Lee, H-S., Hunt, H., Garriott, P. O., Zhu, J*., Diaz, D. *, Dejarlais, C. D. *, Brionez, J. *, Tapio, F. *, Suh, H. N.*, Slivensky, D. R. *, May, S. F. *, Lee, B. H. *, & Jung, A. K.* (August 2016). Social cognitive predictors of engineering students’ persistence and satisfaction. In R. W. Lent (Chair), Engaging and retaining underrepresented students in STEM fields. Symposia presented at the 124th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

*Desjarlais, C. D., & Navarro, R. L. (August 2016). Exploring factors related to Native American student success. Poster presented at the 124th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

*Henry, S., *Pairsien, A., & Navarro, R. L. (August 2016). Exploring factors related to Native American graduate student success. Poster presented at the 124th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

*Suh, H., Flores, L. Y., & Navarro, R. L. (August 2016). Assessing discriminating power of engineering self-efficacy scale and engineering interest scale. Poster presented at the 124th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Juntunen, C. L., & Navarro, R. L. (August 2016). Integrating counseling psychology and primary care to serve rural communities. In J. E. Nilsson & L. Y. Berkel’s (Chairs), Integrated Primary Care Psychology Training in Counseling Psychology Programs. Symposia presented at the 124th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., ., Legerski, J.P., Lee, H-S., Hunt, H., Garriott, P. O., Zhu, J*., Tapio, F. *, Suh, H. N. *, Slivensky, D. R. *, May, S. F. *, Lee, B. H. *, Jung, A. K.*, Diaz, D. *, Dejarlais, C. D. *, & Brionez, J. *, (May 2016). Social cognitive predictors of Latino/a engineering students’ persistence intentions and academic satisfaction. In L. Y. Flores (Chair), Social Cognitive, Cultural and Gender Variables in Latino/a Engineering Students’ Career Development. Symposia presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of Vocational Psychology, Tallahassee, FL.  

Garriott, P. O., Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Lee, H-S., Slivensky, D. S.*, Muñoz, M. *, Atilano, R. *, Lin, C. L.*, Gonzalez, R., & Luna, L. (May 2016). Experiences of Latina/o engineering students: A qualitative study. In L. Y. Flores (Chair), Social Cognitive, Cultural and Gender Variables in Latino/a Engineering Students’ Career Development. Symposia presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of Vocational Psychology, Tallahassee, FL.  

Lee, H-S., Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R. L., & Suh, H. N.* (May 2016). Development of a negative outcome expectation scale for engineering students. In L. Y. Flores (Chair), Social Cognitive, Cultural and Gender Variables in Latino/a Engineering Students’ Career Development. Symposia presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of Vocational Psychology, Tallahassee, FL.

Navarro, R. L., Flores, L. Y., Garriott, P.O., Hunt, H., Lee, H.-S., & Legerski, J. P. (April 2016). Envisioning a future with higher representation of Latina/os and women in engineering. Poster presented at the National Science Foundation’s Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice, Washington, DC. 

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

 Licensed Psychologist, State of North Dakota, #463, 2012-Present

 

SELECT HONORS AND AWARDS

Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology, 2017

National Institute of Health/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Grantee, 2013-2015

Henry Tomes Award for Significant Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology by an Emerging Leader, Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI), 2013

Distinguished Professional Early Career Award, National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA), 2012

North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award (Research), University of North Dakota Foundation, 2012

Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Ethnic Minority Graduate Students, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), 2010

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology (APA-accredited)
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA, 2005

Masters of Science in Counseling (emphasis in College Student Development)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON, 2000

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (emphasis in Women’s Studies)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE, 1996

Principal Investigator: Collaborative Research: Broadening Participation in Engineering among Women and Latina/os: A Longitudinal, Multi-Site Study, National Science Foundation, EHR Core Research, Division of Undergraduate Education. Research Grant. [L. Y. Flores, PI, University of Missouri (MU)]. August 2014-July 2019. Total $1,492,042 ($814,665 UND; $677,377 MU).

Program Evaluator: Health Resource and Services Administration, Graduate Psychology Education Program. Interdisciplinary collaborative training grant to enhance the training experience of doctoral students in Counseling Psychology by having them work in rural primary care and behavioral health settings. Training Grant. (C. L. Juntunen, Principal Investigator) July 2013-July 2016, $ 569,916.

Co-Principal Investigator: Persistence in Engineering Academic Majors and Entry-Level Engineering Jobs: A Comparison of White and Latino/a Men and Women, National Science Foundation, Gender in Science and Engineering Program. Research Grant (L. Y. Flores, P.I; R. Jacquez, Co-Investigator), November 2010-October 2013, $520,341.

Associate Editor:       Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2016 – Present

 

Editorial Board Member:     Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2016 – Present

                                            Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 2014 – Present

                                            Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 2014 – Present

 

Other Select National Service:

 

Member, Editor Search Committee for The Counseling Psychologist, Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17), American Psychological Association, 2018

 

Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation Education & Human Resources, Division of Human Resource Development Grants, 2017

 

Member, American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program Training Advisory Council (TAC), Services for Transition-Age Youth (STAY), 2015-Present

 

Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17), American Psychological Association, 2015-Present

 

Past President (2016-2017), President (2015-2016), President Elect (2014-2015), President Elect Designate (2013-2014), Council for Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP)

 

Member, Advisory Board for Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17), American Psychological Association, 2013-2015

 

Grant Panel Reviewer, National Science Foundation Education & Human Resources Grants (contributed to 5 panel reviews), 2012-Present

 

Past President, Section 3: Section on Concerns of Latina/Hispanic Women, Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35), American Psychological Association, 2011-2012

 

Chair, Mary Roth Walsh Teaching Award Committee, Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35), American Psychological  Association, 2011-2012

 

Early Career Psychologist Representative, National Latina/o Psychological Association Executive Board, 2010-2011