Stephen Quintana

Professor, School Psychology Area

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Madison, WI 53706-1326

Quintana, Stephen

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Dr. Quintana received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1989 from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the faculty at UW-Madison in 1996, he was on the faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Texas at Austin for seven years where he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor. During 1992-93 academic year, he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship for research investigating Mexican-American children’s understanding of ethnicity in Texas and Arizona. He was named Gimbel Child and Family Scholar for his work on promoting ethnic, racial, and religious understanding (2000-2001). His research has been reported in the APA Monitor on Psychology and on Psychology Today Radio . In addition to having been Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, he was also Chair of APA’s Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (2001). He holds a joint appointment with Department of Educational Psychology and is a member of the faculty for UW’s School Psychology program.

Dr. Quintana was Associate Editor for Child Development from 2001 – 2006 and Lead Editor for a special issue of the journal entitled: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Child Development . He is Associate Editor for Journal of Counseling Psychology (beginning 7/2006), He is also editor for Handbook of Race, Racism, and the Development Child to be published by John Wiley, 2007. Dr. Quintana’s current research is in developing and evaluating a model of children’s understanding of social status, which includes ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and social class. His other multicultural research has focused on students adjustment to higher education, children’s understanding of ethnic prejudice, and multicultural training in professional organizations. In addition, he has published research on termination and internalization of therapeutic relationships, time-limited psychotherapy, and late adolescent development.


  • PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1989
  • Predoctoral Internship , Center for Counseling and Psychological Services – Pennsylvania State University, 1988
  • MA Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1986
  • BA Psychology, Carleton College, 1983

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  • Quintana, S. M., Lambe Sarina, S., & Ramirez Stege, A. M. (In Press). Bi/multiracial Black Youth Speak about their Racialized Experiences. In J. Sullivan & W. E. Cross Jr (Eds.), African American Identity: Meaning-Making and Internalized Racism
  • Chew, A. Y., & Quintana, S. M. (In Press). Meta-Analysis of Cross Racial Identity Scale: Psychological Costs and Benefits of Racial Identity. In African American Identity: Meaning-Making and Internalized Racism
  • Umana-Taylor, A. J., Quintana, S. M., Lee, R. M., Cross, W. E., Rivas-Drake, D., Schwartz, S. J., & Syed, M. (2014). Ethnic and racial identity during adolescence and into young adulthood: An integrated conceptualization. Child Development85, 21-39.
  • Rivas-Drake, D., Seaton, E. K., Markstrom, C., Quintana, S. M., Syed, M., Lee, R. M., & Schwartz, S. J. (2014). Ethnic and Racial Identity in Adolescence: Implications for Psychosocial, Academic, and Health Outcomes. Child Development85, 40 – 57.
  • Quintana, S. M., Chavez, T. A., & Ramirez Stege, A. M. (2014). What does it mean to be Mexican American? Children’s and adolescents’ perspectives. In Y. Caldera & E. Trejos (Eds.), Mexican-American Children and Families: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives New York: Routledge.
  • Quintana, S. M., Benjamin, J. Z., & Leverett, P. (In Press). Essentialism and Children’s Reasoning about Race and Ethnicity. In A. Riutland, D. Nesdale, C Spears Brown (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Quintana, S. M., Dialoguing about Race with Children and Youth. In American Psychological Association.
  • Quintana, S. M., (2012). African American children’s racial identifications and identity: Development of racial narratives. In J.M. Sullivan and A. M. Esmail (Ed.), African American Racial Identity: An interdisciplinary exploration of the racial and cultural dimensions of the Black experience (pp. 289-313).
  • Quintana, S. M., Chew, A., & Shell, G. (2012). Counseling Psychology Theory and Research on Race and Ethnicity: Implications for a psychological science of diversity. In APA handbook of counseling psychology, vol. 1: Theories, research, and methods (pp. 453-489).
  • Quintana, S. M., (2012). Sojourner children’s developmental understanding of nationality. International Journal of Educational Psychology1(1), 14-34.

Select Presentations

  • Quintana, S. M., Sorensen, S., & Olarte-DaSilva, S. Teachers’ Multicultural Competence: Qualitative Analysis. presented at the APA convention, Washington DC.
  • Sara, C., & Quintana, S. M. Children’s understnaidng of race across Korean Americans, International, and Transracial Adoption. presented at the APA convention, Washington DC.
  • Quintana, S. M. Educational Disparities: Lessons from and parallels with health disparities. presented at the APA convention, Washington DC.