Desdamona Rios

Desdamona Rios, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3457
Office:  Bayou 2121.06


Desdamona Rios is an assistant professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She holds a joint doctorate in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan. She uses mixed research methods to study identity development in academic contexts.

Her current projects include examining the role of culturally relevant curriculum in academic identity development among Hispanic American high school students, and narrative identity among diverse groups of gay, bisexual and queer college men. She has also published work on her pedagogical practices, including the importance of making visible the accomplishments of marginalized groups across course curricula.

At UHCL, the undergraduate courses Dr. Rios teaches include Social Psychology, Theories of Personality, Psychology of Women, and Psychology of Latina/os in the United States. At the graduate level, Dr. Rios teaches Advanced Social Psychology and Psychology of Gender, Race, and Sexuality. She currently serves as consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, the top journal for feminist psychology.