Jordan Arellanes recently joined the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.

Arellanes grew up in the mountains of Golden, Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University before moving on to the University of Colorado where he completed a master’s in educational psychology. Arellanes then received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University where he studied human development and family studies.

Arellanes was drawn to psychology as a means to help people and make a difference in the community. His primary research interests include the educational attainment of Latino youth with a family perspective, mainly looking at fathers’ involvement in the education of their kids. The goal of his research is to promote the strengths of the Latino community and enable families to achieve their dreams. He plans on building a program connecting sports with schooling and parenting.

When not analyzing family dynamics, Arellanes is likely to be found camping or fishing in the great outdoors. He also enjoys playing soccer and is an avid fan of Manchester United.