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Lilyana Ortega

Lilyana Ortega, PhD

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Contact Information

A111 Behavioral Sciences Building
1570 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570

Phone: 970-491-1490
Fax: 970-491-7975
Email: lilyana.ortega@colostate.edu
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Research Interests

My research broadly focuses on prevention and intervention programs geared towards youth. I am especially interested in evaluating and understanding programs that use restorative justice approaches in school and community-based settings. Another line of work explores victimization, risk and resilience in order to assist youth in obtaining more positive developmental outcomes.


B.S., 2008, Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A., 2010, Counseling Psychology, Michigan State University
Ph.D., 2014, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Honors and Awards

2016 - Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Maine at Farmington
2014 - President's Research in Diversity Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010-2013 - Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 - William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Experience

2017-present: Assistant Professor of Human Development, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

2014-2016: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Human Development, University of Maine

Selected Publications

Ortega, L., Lyubansky, M., Nettles, S., & Espelage, D. (2016). "Outcomes of a Restorative Circles program in a high school setting." Psychology of Violence, 6 (3), 459-468.

Murray, H., Lyubansky, M., Miller, K., & Ortega, L. (2014). Toward a Psychology of Nonviolence. In E. Mustakova-Possardt, M. Lyubansky, M. Basseches, & J. Oxenberg (Ed.). Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. New York: Springer Science and Business Media, LCC.

Diemer, M.A. & Ortega, L. (2010). Social inclusion and critical consciousness in Australia. Australian Journal of Career Development. 19(1), 13-17.

Thematic Research Areas

  • Intervention & Prevention Science
  • Risk & Resilience