5 Early Career Fellows to Join Education Ranks

June 11, 2021


The College of Education is proud to welcome our inaugural Early Career Fellows. These recent graduates are charged with developing research programs that address urgent educational and health disparities impacting Latino/a populations. They will be joining the Texas Center for Equity Promotion (TexCEP) where they will be mentored by an interdisciplinary network of scholars from the college and throughout UT Austin that is committed to eliminating inequities in education and health systems. 

Curriculum and Instruction

Photo of Krissia MartinezKrissia Martinez earned her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education in 2019. Her research explores literacy, health literacy, and translating for parents. She has taught courses on immigrant family experiences, bilingualism, second language acquisition, labor issues, and more at Occidental College, UC Irvine, and UCLA. Martinez will be mentored by Professor Doris Baker, Professor Melissa Wentzel, and Associate Professor Jennifer Adair.  

Educational Psychology

Photo of Julissa MunizJulissa Muniz, who earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, researches educational disparities for incarcerated children. Her work is deeply informed by her experiences in prisons and juvenile facilities as a tutor, GED instructor, workshop facilitator, art instructor, facility monitor, and most recently as a college instructor. She was inspired by her students and inside co-teacher at San Quentin State Prison to continue working with incarcerated students with an emphasis on understanding youth experiences in confinement. Muniz will be mentored by Professor Mark Eddy. 

Photo of Jose PalmaJose Palma is wrapping up his Ph.D. in the Quantitative Methods in Education program at the University of Minnesota. Palma’s research focuses on developing fair and valid testing practices in the assessment of diverse and vulnerable populations. This work has included research on the assessment of English language learners and students with disabilities, the role and application of multilevel measurement and educational disparities, the measurement of social-emotional learning and youth development, and in understanding the psychometric properties of tests and items. Palma will be mentored by Professor Seung Choi and Assistant Professor Hyeon-Ah Kang. 

Kinesiology and Health Education 

Photo of Pablo Montero-ZamorraPablo Montero Zamora, earned his& Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health at the University of Miami this year. A doctor of dental surgery degree, Montero Zamora also has a master's in Epidemiology at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico. His research focuses on the adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions.  Montero Zamora will be mentored by Professor Seth Schwartz, Associate Professor Keryn Pasch, and Assistant Professor Miguel Pinedo. 

Special Education

Photo of Genesis Arizmendi Genesis Arizmendi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, earned her Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2019. Arizmendi has worked as a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist in public schools and in outpatient rehabilitation settings, specializing with pediatric Spanish-English speaking populations. Her research and clinical interests are focused on the improvement of clinical practices and educational decision-making for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Arizmendi will be mentored by Professor Doris Baker and Associate Professor Sarah Powell.