College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Carl Valdez received his PhD in educational psychology with a school psychology specialization from The University of Arizona.
Dr. Valdez’s faculty experience includes online graduate and undergraduate teaching in developmental and educational psychology, curriculum and instruction along with special education departments.
Dr. Valdez’s specific expertise is in assessment, behavioral management, teacher consultation, cognitive-behavioral interventions, research mentoring, special education law and procedures. He considers academic engagement, constructivism, ethnic identity development, critical race theory, cultural relevancy, and emic approaches as required to support learners and communities.
Dr. Valdez has experience across the age span. He continues to conduct research on the disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education along with the use of standardized testing to determine special education student's graduation pathways. His professional experience includes 19 years as a school psychologist, which includes assessment and diagnosis of students receiving special education services. Additionally, he also consulted with classroom teachers, ancillary staff at schools, school and district administrators.