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Josefina Bañales

Assistant Professor

Community and Applied Developmental Psychology


Building & Room:

1062B BSB


1007 W Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2300


Josefina Bañales, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Applied Developmental Psychology Area at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Bañales infuses her personal experiences as a Mexican American woman who is a first-generation high school, college, and doctoral student from the Southwest side of Chicago with her community-engaged research with youth of color in schools and community organizations. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Bañales completed the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). With the CAMBIAR Collective, her research examines how youth develop beliefs, feelings, and actions that challenge racism (i.e., youth critical racial consciousness development). In collaboration with youth, schools, parents, and community organizations, she co-creates opportunities that facilitate youths’ critical racial consciousness development. Dr. Bañales loves hot black coffee, singing, and walking at a very leisurely pace.


High school: Lincoln Park High School
Undergraduate university alma mater: Illinois Wesleyan University
Graduate university alma mater: University of Michigan