Claudia G. Pineda, Ed.D.

Claudia G. Pineda, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Office: EC532
Telephone: (657) 278-7632

Curriculum Vitae


Courses Taught

CAS 201 - Child, Family, and Community
CAS 325B – Age 9 through Adolescence
CAS 394/474/494 – International Practicum


Dr. Pineda investigates the role of context and culture in promoting emotional and academic resilience among Latino immigrant youth. She is particularly interested in conceptualizing the ways in which ethnic culture constitutes an asset for youth and families and how educators can use culturally sensitive practices to promote positive development. Dr. Pineda has participated in research employing a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in various areas of inquiry, including acculturation, ethnic identity, intergroup relations, future orientation, youth entrepreneurship, and heritage after-school programs.

Dr. Pineda’s publications have appeared in national and international venues, such as the International Journal for Research on Extended Education, Teachers College Record, the Encyclopedia on Education and Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology, and ReVista: the Harvard Review of Latin America. She has also written about the social conditions and education of Colombians in the U.S. in a book edited by the Colombian Ministry of Education and Florida International University. She was privileged to have a Spencer Research Training Grant to support her doctoral work.

Trained as a psychologist at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, Dr. Pineda obtained her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Harvard, she also got her Master’s in Risk and Prevention in Adolescence. Prior to joining CSUF, Pineda was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and earlier she was a Visiting Scholar at the Latin American Studies Program at Cornell University. Pineda has been an instructor at the University of California at Irvine, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. She had the honor of getting the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Certificate of Distinction and Excellence several times.