Pedro R. Portes, a professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, has published scores of research articles on human development, learning, family counseling and intellectual growth. A past Fulbright Scholar to Peru (1987) and Colombia (1996), Dr. Portes received the prestigious American Educational Research Association’s 2005 Research Award in Human Development and is the author of Making Kids Smarter (1998/2014). In April 2005, Dismantling Educational Inequality: A Cultural-Historical Approach to Closing the Achievement Gap followed with other seminal books in 2011 and 2014 (U.S. Latinos and Education Policy). Portes' interests center on linking primary prevention practices to human development within a cultural-context perspective, the development of culturally valid methods, improving teacher and counselor education, and equity in educational policy. Portes joined the University of Georgia in 2006, after chairing the department of educational and counseling psychology as professor in Kentucky and serving as a licensed professional counselor for there as well as in California and Florida. A native of Havana, Cuba, Portes received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Florida State University after a B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa. He is currently Principal Investigator for a major randomized trial from the Institute of Educational Sciences for improving teaching and learning.


  •  Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, 1982
    Florida State University
  •  M.S. in Counseling Psychology, 1977
    Nova University
  •  B.S. in Psychology, 1972
    University of Iowa


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