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Amado Padilla

Amado Padilla

B.A., Psychology, New Mexico Highlands University
M.S., (Experimental Psychology) Oklahoma State University
Ph.D., (Experimental Psychology) University of New Mexico

Professor Padilla's interests include bilingual education, Latino issues, teaching of languages, experimental psychology, ethnicity and resilience among adolescents.  His research focuses on three areas: first, resilient students who achieve high levels of academic performance despite coming from home and community backgrounds that pose multiple challenges to educational excellence, including adaptation to U.S. culture and English by immigrant adolescents; second, acculturation stresses that affect immigrants, both youth and adults; and third, studies involving second language learning and teaching, and strategies for achieving bilingual proficiency.  Current research projects include a study of mental health status across three generations of Latinos and comparisons of various strategies for teaching Mandarin.