Iris Y. Carrillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Director - Diversity & Inclusion
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- B.A., Anthropology, Harvard University
License and Certification
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, No. 36345
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
Approach to therapy: Integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and emotion-focused theories and cognitive behavioral approaches, within a feminist, social justice, and multicultural framework. Professional interests: Social justice and diversity issues; outreach and consultation; issues impacting students of color and undocumented and DACAmented college students; sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; the intersectionality of identities; trauma (sexual assault/rape, intimate partner violence, child abuse); eating disorders and body image concerns; career development; training and supervision.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
As a bilingual, bicultural, Latinx woman of color, I have learned to live in the borderlands of my various intersecting identities and issues of diversity and social justice have been central to my development as a person and a psychologist. As a result, in my clinical work, outreach and consultation, and mentoring and supervision, I strive to utilize a feminist and social justice framework to address issues of privilege, power, and oppression at individual interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels. I value being an ally to others and using my voice and ascribed privileges to provide support and challenge the status quo. As such, I support Aggie Dreamers in their quest for citizenship via immigrant youth leadership and mobilization. Further, I am proud to be an Aggie Ally and to serve on the Aggie Allies Board and the GLBT Resource Center Advisory Board to help address the discrimination and oppression LGBTQ+ Aggies face on our campus and in their lives.
Approach to Supervision
My approach to supervision is developmental, feminist oriented, and social justice/multiculturally informed. I utilize a strengths-based approach that highlights and values a supervisee’s strengths while supporting them to challenge themselves in the growth areas we identify in supervision. I try to demystify the supervisory process and be transparent and authentic in our relationship. I assist them in exploring their multiple personal and cultural identities and in considering how these identities intersect and impact their personal and professional identities and work with clients. I help them focus on the cultural and social justice issues that may be impacting client concerns and consider how they can bring those issues into their work with clients. My goal is for supervisees to be more authentic and grounded in who they are as people and clinicians, be more self-compassionate and self aware, and feel empowered to further develop their cultural humility and competence.
Traveling, eating new cuisines (the spicier the better), cooking, watching reality TV and sci-fi and superhero movies, swimming, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and with my partner and our menagerie of pets.