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Office: SZB 506Q
Monday: noon-12:30
Tuesday: noon-12:30
Thursday: noon-12:30
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(512) 471-0603

(512) 471-1288

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Courses of Instruction
Seminar in Social Psychology: a graduate course.
Adolescent Development: an undergraduate course.

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1294
UT Mail Code: D5800

Full Vita
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Dr. Falbo’s long research career has covered a variety of research topics. Most notably, Dr. Falbo has been responsible for much of what is currently known about the social and psychological qualities of only children (people who grow up without siblings). In general, Dr. Falbo has been interested in the long-term effects of siblings on human development, including educational attainment and health in later life.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology, 1973

Recent Awards

Dr. Falbo has been a Fellow of the American Psychological Association since 1982 and a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology since 2009. She has served as President of the Southwestern Psychological Association and Division 34 of the American Psychological Association.

In 2007, Dr. Falbo won the Newman-Proshansky Award from Division 34 (Society of Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology).

Current Research Projects and Grants

Dr. Falbo completed a longitudinal study of “at risk” Latino high school students in Austin, Texas, following them through high school, and writing Latino High School Graduation with Dr. Harriett D. Romo. Both are currently engaged in a 25-year follow-up about these former students and their families to understand more deeply the enduring difficulties associated with the lack of a high school diploma.

Most recently, Dr. Falbo is examining the effects of China’s one-child policy on the personalities of Chinese children born after the implementation of this policy. Dr. Falbo is also completing a quantitative synthesis of the Chinese literature regarding psychopathology and only children.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Falbo has particular interest in the role of parents in promoting education. She has focused on transitions, including educational transitions, such as, middle to high school, and developmental transitions, such as the transition from adolescent to adult.

Dr. Falbo has used a variety of research methods, including online surveys as well as face-to-face interviews. She uses advanced statistical techniques to sharpen our understanding of status effects on social and psychological outcomes.