Family Ecology and Nutrition

Address: Box 23304, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3304

Telephone: (787) 764-0000, ext. 2324

Fax: (787) 772-1436


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Master of Education (MEd) with specialization in Family Ecology and Nutrition


National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


Claudia X. Alvarez, PhD, University of Connecticut, 2006, Assistant Professor.
Education program evaluation; multicultural research; instrument building and validation in the affective area; Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM)

Isaura Alvarado Cartagena, PhD, Michigan State University, 1986, Professor.
Parent-child intervention; child-rearing methods; occupational development; discipline in the school: application of the Individual Psychology Theory

Marta Amaral, PhD, Louisiana State University, 1998, Assistant Professor.
Effect of exercise in different special populations; effect of psychological and physiological stress in the cardiovascular system; effect of caffeine in the cardiovascular system

Víctor E. Bonilla, PhD, Loyola University, Chicago, 2002, Associate Professor.
Test construction and psychometric qualities; research methodology; research ethics; using technology in the classroom; teaching and learning process

Milagros Bravo Vick, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, 1989, Professor.
Education reform; teaching and learning and assessment in science and mathematics; cultural adaptation of instruments; action research; evaluation of psychosocial and educational programs; mental health disorders and services

Aida Castañer Martínez, Ed.D, Teachers’ College, Columbia University, 1994, Associate Professor.
Literary text analysis methods: the relationships between methodological teaching processes, literary criticism, and writing; theories and processes of language teaching and writing; strategies and metacognition of the comprehension; communication competence theories; Spanish as a second language curriculum and learning design

Alicia M. Castillo Ortiz, Ed.D, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, 1989, Professor.
Secondary school administration; educational planning; evaluation of programs in educational institutions; process of change in education; organizational culture and environment; learning communities

Jorge L. Cruz Velázquez, PhD, New York University, 1984, Professor.
Latin American literature; teaching of literary genres; language teaching processes in secondary education; research writing; secondary school curriculum

Rosy Fernández García Menocal, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1992, Associate Professor.
Research methodology; interpersonal relationships; behavior modification; cognitive behavior models; work attitudes (satisfaction, centrality, stress) ; violence, aggressive behaviors.

Nivia A. Fernández Hernández, Ed.D, M. M.Sc; RD, LND, University of Puerto Rico, 2000, Professor.
Nutrition, health vigilance and promotion; gerontology; adult education; institutional evaluation and accreditation

Omar A. Hernández Rodríguez, Ed.D, University of Puerto Rico 2002, Assistant Professor.
Cognitive and metacognitive processes in mathematical problem-solving; incorporating new technologies into the teaching of mathematics; professional development of teachers; math curriculum: theory, design, development, and evaluation

Iris C. Jiménez Ferrer, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1981; JD University of Puerto Rico, 1991, Associate Professor.
Living conditions in Puerto Rico; home purchasing and financing; attitudes towards the condominium; demographic analysis and its impact on housing, family relationships, family resource management, legal aspects of the family in the local jurisdiction, and divorce and its consequences in Puerto Rican society

María A. Irizarry Rivera, Ed.D, Teachers’ College, Columbia University, 1977, Professor.
Language acquisition (first, second, and third language; foreign language); ethno-linguistics; language teaching

Víctor López Tosado, Ed.D, Harvard University, 1986, Professor.
Academic planning in technical-scientific education; nature of science (philosophy and methodology); study of cognitive processes in the development of scientific thinking; curriculum theory; planning, and evaluation; qualitative research

Nydia Lucca Irizarry, Ed.D, Harvard University, 1981, Professor.
Human development throughout the life cycle; qualitative research; ethno-psychology; trans-cultural methodology; ethnographic studies; migrations to Puerto Rico

Lucía R. Martínez Colón, PhD, Florida State University, 1991, Professor.
Characteristics and metabolic responses to physical fitness and exercise in women of different ages; computational algebra; code theory; set bodies

Antonio Martínez Chávez, PhD, University of Chicago, 1980, Associate Professor.
Language development; cognitive development; socio-emotional development; culture and human development: elaboration on an indigenous theory; education and human development

María Soledad Martínez Miranda, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991, Professor.
Curriculum theory and research; cultural studies and critical pedagogy; gender studies; comparative studies; public policy on education and educational reforms

Loida M. Martínez Ramos, Ed.D, University of Massachusetts, 1993, Associate Professor.
Curriculum and gender; multicultural education; education reform; educational policies

María del R. Medina Díaz, PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1991, Professor.
Practices of evaluating student learning; classroom assessment; achievement test construction and validation; academic integrity; ethics in evaluation and research; evaluation in mathematics education; evaluation of educational programs and services

Celia Mir, Ed.D, University of Central Florida, 1992, Professor.
Nutritional medical management; nutrition in the community; biochemistry and nutrition; evaluation of the nutritional status

Ángeles Molina Iturrondo, Ed.D, Boston University, 1982, Professor.
Early development of reading and writing skills in infancy and preschool years; cognitive development in the early ages and its relationship with emerging reading and writing skills

Ángel L. Ortiz García, Ed.D, Carnegie Mellon University, 1970, Professor.
Social Studies: its evolution and future development; Africans and their Diaspora; controversial issues from a global perspective; competences and standards in education; curricular design, implementation, and evaluation

María de los Ángeles Ortiz Reyes, PhD, New York University, 1982, Associate Professor.
Program evaluation; higher education; strategic leadership

Dennis París Alicea, Ed.D, Texas A & M University, 1984, Professor.
Couple relationships; family therapy; counseling for men; divorce: the warning signs and impact on children; pastoral and religious counseling

Ivonne Pasarell Rivera, PhD, Florida State University, 1995, Professor.
Patterns of clothing consumption; independent living skills for the handicapped; use of technology in clothing confection

Anaida Pascual Morán, PhD, Fordham University, 1987, Professor.
Grasping of concepts and cultivation of intelligence; talents and creativity; systematization of innovative educational experiences and creative projects; pedagogy interconnected with other fields; violence, non-violence, peace, and conflict in speech and pedagogical praxis; education in human rights and rights of minors

Lisandra Pedraza Burgos, PhD, The Ohio State University, 2006, Assistant Professor.
Spirituality, social justice, and sustainable perspectives in the field of early childhood education, multicultural education, and quantitative research   

Farah A. Ramírez Marrero, PhD, The Ohio State University, 1997, Professor.
Physical activity level and energy expenditure in children; cardiovascular aspects of African American children; physical and leisure activity of HIV+ Hispanics

Isabel Ramos Rodríguez, PhD, University of South Florida, 1987, Professor.
Professional development of educators; educational orientations (andragogical-pedagogical); leadership styles; in-service education; reflection and evaluation

Juanita Rodríguez Colón, Ed.D, Pennsylvania State University, 1984, Professor.
Reading for the deaf; postsecondary education for the deaf.

Carmen Rosado, Ed.D, CPL, NCC, University of Puerto Rico, 1996, Assistant Professor.
Theoretical and practical bases of counseling; slight depression and life adjustment skills; occupational counseling, behavior modification, human development theories

Ruth J. Sáez Vega, PhD, University of Arizona, 1996, Professor.
Reading process; early literacy; writing development; children’s literature; teacher transformation; qualitative research: ethnographies, case studies, teacher-researcher

Michelle Schelske Santos, PhD, Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, 1996, Associate Professor.
Diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer; the effects of diet on breast cancer; dietary intake assessment; health disparities among Puerto Ricans; curricular revision of biochemical experimentation in nutrition ; exercise biochemistry; the effects of diet, nutrition, and supplements on immunological functions

Eduardo J. Suarez Silverio, PhD, State University of New York at Albany, 1984, Professor.
Educational philosophy, ethics, and epistemology

César D. Vázquez Pietri, PhD, University of Massachusetts, 1988, Associate Professor.
Evaluation in the process of counseling; family; cognitive processes; HIV-AIDS; domestic violence; talented students; students with special needs

David Vázquez González, Ed.D, Nova Southeastern University, 2003, Assistant Professor.
School reform; high-risk students; performance-based assessment; charter schools; multicultural education; educational leadership; teaching English as a second language; bilingual education.

José C. Vicente Cernuda, PhD, Florida State University, 1978, Professor.
Body composition: body density prediction based on anthropometric measurements; cardiovascular evaluation; health benefits of physical activity and exercise


Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at the Río Piedras Campus, applicants must submit EXADEP or GRE scores.


Candidates must meet all the graduation requirements of the Río Piedras Campus. Pass courses in the area of specialization with a grade of no lower than “B,” and other courses with a grade of no lower than “C.” Complete all requirements within a maximum period of five (5) years from the date on which studies were commenced.

Program of Study

Program Requirements


Courses in Family Ecology


Required Courses in Liberal Arts




EDUC 6900 Comprehensive Exam


Thesis or Project


EDUC 6511 Master´s Thesis or Project


EDUC 6512 Continuation of Master´s Thesis or Project


Total Credits


Description of Courses (PDF)


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