Dr. Robert Reyes is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. At Messiah College he serves as Professor of Human Development and Family Science. Most recently he served as research director for the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (CITL) and professor of sociology at Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana). Prior to moving to Indiana in 2007, he served for 11 years at Messiah College as assistant and associate professor of human development and family science and director of the Latino Partnership program.
The aim of CITL (now Center for International and Intercultural Education) was to study and disseminate findings on the nature and process of intercultural teaching and learning, particularly as it related to issues of access, transition and adaptation to college by Latino students in the Midwest. At CITL Dr. Reyes was instrumental in the development of the Center’s post-doctoral research fellowship program, as well as, the development of a demographic/ educational study of Latinos in North Central Indiana. The study was done in collaboration with the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Reyes earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Studies (1995) and Master of Divinity in marriage and family (1992) from Fuller Seminary. He is a Certified Family Life Educator and Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. His research interests include: the study of acculturative stress and coping among Latino families, and the study of moral/social capital among immigrant parents and its impact on parental involvement.
His wife Audrey is a Registered Dietitian and works as a clinical dietitian at West Shore Hospital in Mechanicsburg, PA. They are also the proud parents of three wonderful children: Kelsey (18 yrs. old), Lyndsey (16 yrs. old) and Daniel (14 yrs. old).