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Alex Casillas

Alex Casillas

ACT, Inc.

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Alex's work combines: Education, Numbers, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Principal Research Psychologist

I do research on the behaviors that lead to success in both school and work settings.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology, General

    Grinnell College

  • Graduate Degree

    Clinical Psychology

    University of Iowa

  • Doctorate

    Clinical Psychology

    University of Iowa

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Industrial-Organizational Psychologists:

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

Graduate Degree: Clinical Psychology

Doctorate: Clinical Psychology

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Realizing that I could get an education at a top college (even if my family did not have the financial means)

  • 2.

    Realizing that graduate school was a path I could take that would result in a more fulfilling set of career choices as well as more financial stability

  • 3.

    Getting exposed to an applied research organization (instead of just academic research) which turned out to be a great fit for me

  • 4.

    Being able to pivot in my job so that I could shape it to meet both organizational needs as well as my own evolving/changing interests

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Go back to Mexico. If you are not a U.S. citizen and you don’t have lots of money, you can’t get a good education in the U.S. Why do you want to get a degree from a liberal arts institution? Why do you want to spend so many years in school?

  • How I responded:

    I feel fortunate to have had a number of good opportunities and supportive people who were cheerleaders throughout my academic and work career (including family, friends, mentors). Overcoming some of the noise was easier because of their support. Further, I realized that the choices that I made were to support my interests and where I wanted to go in life (not meant to please others) and that, if I wanted to be helpful to others, that I could do so by pursuing an area that I loved...