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Dr. Kristin Croyle

Kristin Croyle

Kristin Croyle earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Utah in 1994 and her master's and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montana in 2000. She completed a one-year predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division and a two year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Washington Medical School. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas.

In 2002, Croyle joined the psychology faculty at The University of Texas-Pan American where she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in clinical psychology, assessment, and research methodology. Her research interests include emotional regulation, self-harm, and Latino mental health.

Croyle values excellence in teaching and in 2010 won the university-level UTPA Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, an award designed to distinguish superior teachers who maintain high expectations of their students and ensure academic rigor in their courses. It also recognizes her contributions to the development and delivery of effective teaching and learning experiences.

“I love teaching in the classroom and in the research lab; both teaching and clinical work are so rewarding” Croyle said in an interview with a UTPA Public Affairs representative. “Both are oriented toward helping people improve or shifting their attention to new ways of thinking about things. They are very interpersonally interactive and focused on improvement.”

In addition to her teaching as a UTPA faculty member, Croyle has served as Assistant Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and beginning Fall 2013, as the inaugural Dean of the University College, overseeing all undergraduate student success including retention and graduation initiatives, first-year programming, undergraduate curriculum and assessment, advising, and curriculum alignment.

Dr. Croyle notes that her administrative work is another demonstration of her commitment to students at UTPA. “Being in the classroom or the research lab allows faculty to directly impact students individually. The work that committed faculty do in administration in growing and developing broader programs for students allows us to impact all of the students at the university.”