Lia D. Falco
Lia D. Falco (Ph.D., Educational Psychology) is assistant professor of Counseling in the Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona. Career counseling and development are her areas of expertise; although, she also teaches Professional Orientation to School Counseling and Multicultural Counseling as well as supervising school counseling practicum and internship. Her research examines motivational variables associated with occupational choice in early adolescence, with specific interest in gender differences in STEM participation. The focus of her research for the past several years has been on developing and implementing school-counselor led interventions designed to increase participating students’ self-efficacy for STEM education and career decision-making. She is a certified school counselor in the state of Arizona and worked as a middle school counselor for four years. When she isn’t working, Dr. Falco enjoys horseback riding – she is a competitive Dressage rider – and spending time with her husband and her two daughters.