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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

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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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List of research interests:  Siblings and human development; Only children in China; Discrepancies between subjective and objective self-views; Pathways to adulthood; Bicultural competence in Guatemala;"At risk" youth and high school; Families and education


Ph.D. UCLA, December, 1973, Psychology

Representative Publications

Falbo, T. (2012). Only Children: An updated review. Journal of Individual Psychology, 68(1), 38-49.

Falbo, T., Kim, S.H. & Chen, K. (2009). Alternate Models of Sibling Status Effects on Health in Later Life. Developmental Psychology.45(3), 677-687.

Cemalcilar, Z. & Falbo,T. (2008). A longitudinal study of the adaptation of international students in the United States. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology.39 (6), 799-804.

Falbo, T., & de Baessa, Y. (2006). The influence of Mayan education on middle school students in Guatemala. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 12 (4), 601-614.

 Falbo, T. Glover, R.W., Holcombe, W.L., & Stokes, S.L. (2005, May 2). Antecedents and consequences of residential choice and school transfer. Education Policy Analysis Archives, Vol. 13, No. 29.


Recent Awards

  • In August 2007, I won the Newman Proshansky Award from the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology.
  • Latino High School Graduation, co-authored with Harriett Romo, was one of four finalists for the 1996 C. Wright Mills Award.
  • I was elected President of Division 34 of the American Psychological Association.
  • I was elected President of the Southwestern Psychological Association.
  • I was selected to be a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association: Division 34, Division 9, and Division 35.

Current Research Projects and Grants

Co-Investigator, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), “Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement,” Chandra Muller, Principal Investigator, ($3,215,208, direct costs, $3,867,630, total costs), June 2001-May 2006.

 Co-Investigator, Ford Foundation, “Relationships between ethnic identity, self-esteem, tolerance, and academic achievement among Guatemalan students,” Yetilu de Baessa, Principal Investigator , $26,707.37, January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.

Research Interests and Expertise

I use both quantitative and qualitative techniques to deepen our understanding of human development, particularly considering the impact of siblings on academic and social outcomes of children and adults, and the role of schools and families on educational and life-span transitions. I have collected and analyzed data from China, Guatemala, Korea, and, of course, the U.S. Recently, I have been studying discrepancies between subjective and objective self-views in terms of their long-term consequences for health and psychological well-being.

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Faculty Associate, Population Research Center
  • Member: American Psychological Association, Population Association of America, Society for Experimental Social Psychology