Olga Carranza

Contributing Faculty
College of Allied Health
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Dr. Carranza has been teaching Psychology courses for over 30 years at various colleges and universities. Her main area of study is Counseling Psychology with expertise in sexual violence, stress, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, grief work, contemplative pedagogy practices, pluralistic societies, multiculturalism. She is affiliated with the Southern Arizona Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association, American Psychological Association. Her major work accomplishments are providing therapy to sexual violence clients for several years, teaching in psychology with a focus upon developmental theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and multiculturalism/pluralism. She has worked in course development, faculty development, community agency training. She worked as a consultant in a Behavioral Assessment Team for approximately 6 years. She is currently retired and focuses upon her work with Red Cross Mental Health Volunteers and Services to Armed Forces. She finds her work fits well with each area. She works part time for Walden University as Psychology Faculty.


BA, University of California, Riverside

MA, California State College, San Bernardino

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Public Service

Red Cross Organization, Volunteer - Tucson

Awards / Honors

Aaron & Matty Canter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychology, Arizona Psychological Association, 2021

American Red Cross 2020 Services to Armed Forces Award, American Red Cross , 2020


Carranza, O. (1990). An Examination of Individual Factors Associated with the Academic Success and Failure of Mexican-Americans and Anglo Students.


Carranza, O. (1999). A Therapist's Challenge: Addressing Cultural Competence in Counseling.

Carranza, O. (2004). Assisting Immigrant Students Achieve a College Education.

Carranza, O. (2011). Connecting the Puzzle: Teaching and Mental Health Issues in the Classroom.