M. Teresa Granillo, Ph.D., MSW

M. Teresa Granillo, Ph.D., MSW

Research Fellow and Executive Director, Con Mi MADRE

Dr. M. Teresa Granillo is executive director of Con Mi Madre, a 501c3 organization with the mission of empowering young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education. She is also an affiliate of the Center for Women and Gender Studies and the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR).

Dr. Granillo was born and raised in Tucson, AZ where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The University of Arizona. She then moved to Ann Arbor, MI where she attended The University of Michigan and received a Master of Social Work degree and a joint Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology.

Dr. Granillo’s clinical experience and research are primarily in the area of adolescent and young adult mental health. Specifically, her research is focused on eating disorders and co-occurring substance use, and the impact of mental health and mental health service utilization on the academic outcomes. Dr. Granillo is particularly focused on the Latina adolescent and young adult population. She recently received a grant from the Hogg Foundation to examine the impact of mental health problems and mental health service utilization on the academic success of Latina college students, an at-risk and sorely understudied population.

Dr. Granillo has experience working in many different clinical settings with child, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She has worked as a crisis intervention counselor in a community non-profit setting and a clinical social worker at a child and adolescent psychiatry unit. She has also facilitated support groups and provided individual therapy for college females with eating disorders and she has worked in a community agency with at-risk families.

Dr. Granillo also teaches in the area of child and adolescent mental health and working with families. She teaches a master’s level course in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents as well as an undergraduate level course in Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families.

Dr. Granillo is dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of adolescents and young adults, helping them to successfully obtain their education, have a better quality of life, and ultimately be a contributing member of our society.

When Dr. Granillo is not engaged in teaching, research, or community work you can find her zipping around town on her scooter, or by foot as she is an avid runner!

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Adolescent and young adult mental health, specifically among Latinas; influences of cultural factors on mental health (e.g., acculturation, acculturative stress, ethnic identity); eating disorders and prevention; substance use/abuse; mental health service utilization; mental health literacy; academic success, particularly the impact of mental health and mental health service utilization.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.S. and M.S.W., University of Michigan
  • B.A., The University of Arizona



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Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358