Dr. Kimberly Burrola is a
psychology adjunct professor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) and Gateway Community College.
She is passionate about psychology, mentoring her students, and the community college system.
As the AFA representative for CGCC, Dr. Burrola is honored to represent her hard-working and dedicated colleagues. She is dedicated to providing fellow adjunct faculty members with support, encouragement, resources, and training to help them be effect instructors and leader on campus.
Dr. Burrola was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University (CSU). As an undergraduate, she was actively involved with the Asian/Pacific American Studies organization at CSU.
After graduation, Dr. Burrola worked as a mentor and case manager for adjudicated youth who were transitioning back into the community. Later, she worked as a clinical case manager in a drug and alcohol treatment center. Through these experiences Dr. Burrola developed an interest in family dynamics and their influences on youth outcomes.
In 2003, she moved to Phoenix to pursue a graduate degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University (ASU). It was during her time at ASU that Dr. Burrola fell in love with teaching! She has taught numerous courses over the past 11 years, but her favorites are
- Introduction to Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Psychology and Culture.
She is thrilled when she sees the excitement in her students as they learn the wonders of psychology!
Dr. Burrola’s research interests are related to racial socialization practices among Asian American families. More specifically:
- How do Asian American parents talk with their children about racial discrimination?
- Do they encourage specific coping mechanisms to deal with these experiences?
- And how does racial socialization protect or exacerbate the negative effects of racial discrimination for Asian American adolescents?
When she is not teaching, Dr. Burrola enjoys traveling to see her family in Hawaii, reading, taking pictures, dancing hula, cooking, anything active (in a gym or outdoors), and binge watching on Netflix or Hulu.
She has 3 wonderful boys who keep her on her toes with their never-ending energy and love of life! Her sons have been her greatest teachers and are a constant reminder that some of the most rewarding lessons in life are not taught in textbooks.