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Emilio C. Ulloa, Ph.D.


Director of Advising, College of Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2003
Social Psychology, Close Relationships, Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)


Dr. Emilio Ulloa
Emilio C. Ulloa earned his BA in Psychology from San Diego State University. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Social Psychology from Arizona State University in 2003. His research focuses on understanding the etiology and effects of physical, sexual, and emotional violence among adolescents, young adults, and college students.

Dr. Ulloa is currently serving as the lead research for the SDSU Sexual Violence Campus Climate Survey. He works collaboratively with colleagues on research projects exploring sex trafficking of girls (also known the commercial sexual exploitation of children/CSEC) and romantic relationship violence. Dr. Ulloa has conducted funded research aimed at examining the risk factors associated with the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls and is serving as a co-editor for a special issue on CSEC for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Prior to completing his doctoral work at Arizona State University, Dr. Ulloa worked as a graduate research intern with the RAND corporation in the Washington D.C. area. Upon completion of his degree, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology as the Director of Undergraduate Advising and Programs at SDSU from 2003 to 2015. Dr. Ulloa has served the university in a variety of capacities, including as a member of the WASC accreditation committee, as a member of the University Student Learning Outcomes Committee, as the chair of the Student Research Symposium, as a member of the Academic Senate, as chair of the Senate Committee on Committees and Elections, and as founding co-chair of the University Campus Advisers. In 2015 Dr. Ulloa served as the Director of the Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs office, which provides services to low income, first generation SDSU students.

Dr. has served as a program review site visitor for different psychology programs and for the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation, has served as a journal reviewer for several peer reviewed journals in the social sciences, and on the editorial board of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Dr. Ulloa has taught undergraduate courses including Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Chicano Psychology, and Careers in Psychology.

Dr, Ulloa is committed to issues of diversity in higher education. He is a long-time member of the advisory board for the Minority Access to Research Careers Program (MARC) and he was the Director and PI of the SDSU NIH/NIGMS funded Minority Biomedical Research Support program. Dr. Ulloa has served as a member of the University Diversity Equity and Outreach Committee, and as a member of the committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty and Staff. He has also served from 2005-2013 as the coordinator of the Diversifying Clinical Psychology Recruitment program for the Council for University Directors of Clinical Psychology. The event has been featured in the APA Monitor, SDSU Universe, The Educator, and the newsletter of the Education Directorate of APA.

Emilio has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students and has supervised countless graduate master’s thesis and undergraduate honors theses. He has been awarded nationally by NACADA, and locally by SDSU for his exemplary advising. He has also earned awards for his mentoring: being honored with the Most Influential Faculty Award, the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Quest for the Best Faculty/Staff Award. He joins the College of Sciences Deans office as the Director for Advising.


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