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SPOTLIGHT

In this section we highlight news, events, and activities regarding our psychology faculty, students, and department.

Students and Alumni: We want to hear from you! Let us know about your recent accomplishments, awards, or honors. For suggestions, questions, or concerns, please email the editor at psych@calstatela.edu.

 

Minas Michikyan has published an article in the scholarly journal, Computers in Human Behavior...

February 2014: The article, "Can you tell who I am? Neuroticism, extraversion, and online self-presentation among young adults," was co-authored with CSULA psychology faculty members Kaveri Subrahmanyam and Jessica Dennis. This is one of the first studies to show that personality traits - including neuroticism and extraversion predict presentation of multiple facets of the self on Facebook. Specifically, young adults who may have general tendency to be moody or experience greater emotional instability (markers of neuroticism) may present the self on Facebook in ways so as to deceive, compare to, and impress others (false self), and present aspects of who they want/hope to be (ideal self).  Furthermore, those young adults who may have general trendency to be shy or experience self-doubt (markers of lower extraversion) may engage in greater self-exploratory behaviors on Facebook.

Minas Michikyan, pictured on the right, is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology and teaches courses on sex and gender, developmental psychology, and multicultural psychology. He is also a researcher at the Children's Digital Media Center @Los Angeles (CSULA/UCLA), the Multicultural Research Center (CSULA), and the Digital Learning and Development Lab (University of Southern California).

 

 

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PSYCH Colloquium Presents: "Attitudes Toward Poverty Revisted" with Charity Perry, Gilbert Garcia, and Dr. Theodore Bell

November 2013: Attitudes toward the poor can range from blaming an individual for his or her poverty to blaming the system (i.e., the economic and political milieu). Prior research has shown that attitudes in the United States toward the poor tend to be negative. This means Americans typically believe that persons in poverty are responsible for putting themselves in that situation. The general hypotheses in this study predict that age and gender affect a person’s attitudes toward people in poverty. The poverty scale of this study is drawn from previous work, and the individuals are used as the measurement instrument to assess individual sources of blame and difference in gender and age. Data from a survey at a large university in the western United States are examined to assess the effects of gender and age on attitudes toward poverty. Confirmatory factor analysis provided support for a three-component model of poverty attitudes while structural equation modeling demonstrated that individual and corporate blame are independent of each other but are modulated by views on entitlements. Gender differences in view of entitlement then modify blame.

Pictured below, left to right: Charity Perry (Sociology) and a full house of (mostly) attentive students!

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pictured below, left to right: Dr. Theodore Bell (Psychology) and Gilbert Garcia (NSS)

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Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam receives the 2012-2013 Outstanding Professor Award

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October 2013, from CSULA News Release: At Cal State L.A., the annual Outstanding Professor Awards recognize excellence in teaching and cite significant achievements in scholarly inquiry or creativity, professional activities, and service to the campus and community.

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A developmental psychologist, Kaveri Subrahmanyam is a nationally-recognized expert regarding the effect of interactive media on children and adolescents. She also conducts research on language development, and just recently completed a Minority Biomedical Research Support-funded study on Latino children’s second language learning.

For her research, she has garnered more than $400,000 in external funding by the National Institute of General Medical Science, the Spencer Foundation, and the Consumer Connections. She has published 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, two co-edited special issues, 11 book reviews and handbook entries, and one co-authored book, soon to be tran slated in Korean, Chinese, and Czech. She has also been an invited speaker for talks and panel presentations at the local, national and international level and has participated in conference presentations with her graduate students.

 

Professor Brad Brown, noted peer relationships researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, wrote about her book: “With a strong research base and careful attention to major theories of adolescent development, this is the definitive work on how Internet activities affect adolescence. A ‘must read’ for all who are concerned about raising healthy teens in a digital age.”

 

She also served as co-editor of a special section of the American Psychological Association’s Developmental Psychology (March 2012). Subrahmanyam, who holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA, also published a scholarly publication, entitled Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development. The book received a positive review from PsyCritiques.

 

A CSULA faculty member since 1996, Subrahmanyam has worked in two departments teaching 14 different courses, spanning from lower division to core courses to upper division electives. She has excelled at student mentoring, not only supervising theses and projects, but actively involving students in her own research.

 

She has also served on and chaired committees for multiple departments and colleges, including the University General Education Subcommittee, the Equity and Diversity Committee and her College’s Fiscal Policy Committee. She was also acting chair of her department for one year.

 

Additionally, Subrahmanyam has served as an expert commentator for the popular press both in the U.S. and abroad, with her interviews and quotations appearing in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, USA Today, as well as the Guardian, in the UK, and newspapers in Germany and in India.

 

 

Quoting Dr. Ramani Durvasula...

October 2013: Dr. Ramani Durvasula has been quoted in "Poll: More Young Singles Using Credit Scores When Making Dating Decisions," in an article for CBSLA.com (10/07/2013).

September 2013: Dr. Ramani Durvasula was also quoted in "How to combat financial envy" in the Money section of U.S. News & World Report online edition (9/26/2013).

 

Minas Michikyan, lecturer, has co-authored an article published in the Cyber Psychology journal.

August 2013: The article is titled, "The effects of text, audio, video, and in-person communication on bonding between friends," and is co-authored with Lauren Sherman (Ph.D. student in developmental psychology at UCLA) and Dr. Patricia Greenfield (Distinguised Professor of Psychology at UCLA).

To read the article, click here: http://cyberpsychology.eu/view.php?cisloclanku=2013071101&article=3.

 

Psychology major Tyler Hatchel recognized for his research and named a Sally Casanove Pre-Doctoral Scholar

August 2013: We are psyched to have another of our psychology students honored! Tyler Hatchel was featured in CSULA's Spotlight section, which publicizes noteworthy accomplishments by the campus community. To read more about Tyler's research and his other notable activites, click here.

 

News Release! Two psychology students have been named Casanova Scholars!

August 26, 2013, from CSULA News Release: Ten Cal State L.A. graduate students- two from the psychology department- were selected for the 2013-14 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar Awards. Each scholar will receive a $3,000 award, covering travel expenses to doctoral-granting institutions and to attend professional conferences as well as fees for college applications and graduate exams. The awards are highly competitive and are awarded to about 75 students from the various CSU campuses.

Ayana Younge, currently in the Master of Arts program in Psychology, plans to become a professor once she completes her doctoral degree in psychology. She is interested in conducting research in social cognition, personality, attitude change, stereotypes and education. Her recent research is focused on how impressions of others are formed based on gender and marital status. She is a Monterey Park resident.

Tyler Hatchel, who will begin the Master of Arts program this fall, is working toward a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in order to become a scientist-practitioner, focusing on research and teaching. His research is geared toward digital media, identity formation and peer victimization specific to social networking sites. He is a Los Angeles resident.

 

Wendy Ochoa, MA student, selected to participate in summer research program at UC Irvine!

July 8, 2013: CSULA has shined the spotlight on one of our psychology students! Wendy Ochoa, who will be starting the Master of Arts in Psychology program this fall, was selected to take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of California, Irvine. Read all about it!

 

2013 Commencement

Saturday, June 15, 2013: Hundreds of psychology students proudly walked during this year's commencement ceremony! We wish to congratulate every single student for their hard work and diligence in completing all requirements for their bachelor or masters degrees. In particular, we would like to acknowledge those undergraduate students graduating with honors. Students graduating Summa Cum Laude are in the top 1% of their college; Magna Cum Laude students are in the top 4% of their college; and Cum Laude students are in the top 5% of their college. The list below is compiled by the Graduation Office; our apologies if any names were omitted.

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Shelley Marie Bill | Lara Lisa Boghossian | Andrew Vann Frane

MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Suzanne Marie Guzman | Natalie Joy DiBenedetto | Tyler James Hatchel | Jessica Raygoza | Sherry W. Wang

CUM LAUDE: Bernard Benitez | Jannet Carrasco | Karem Paola Cuevas | Ezequiel Gallegos, Jr. | Karina Lopez-Gomez Isaac Matthew Miranda | Belen Oceguera | Wendy Ochoa | Matthew K. Quan | Mariela Janet Rivas Veronica Elizabeth Romo-Silva | Selineh Shahbazian | Veronika Strmiskova | Julie Torres | Carli Kiyoko Yoneda

Faculty Marshalls & Banner Carrier: Jessica Dennis | Alicia Izquierdo | Heidi Riggio | Ramani Durvasula

Master of Arts in Psychology: Jessica Marie Bailey | Darin Russel Brown | Joseph H. Buz | Michael Sean Gilbert | Mikea Renee Gray | Ramon Herrera | Ying Liu | Karina Martinez | Cinthya Ramirez | Sibella Bernadette Salazar Winnie Shi | Tony Ye | Erika Zambrano

Master of Science in Psychology: Eberechukwu Asogu | Myrna Bassam | David Berumen | Jessica A. Cerda | HaeRim Choun | Jesslyn Nicole Farros | Lyndsy Sue Gordon | Genevieve Irene Johnson | Gina Lee | Obed Arturo Leija Amber M. Madrid | Lyssa-Rae Miller | Aubrey Nielson | Gordon Lewis Olacsi | Justina Louise Ryan Rene De Jesus Sandoval | Carlos Roberto Santos | Ani Sarkisyan | Kimberly Truong Kamuel Chiu-Kam Wo | Kim Yi Hua Zhu

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Ryan E. Thomas Aarset | Zaroug Sarin Abajian | Jocelyn G. Aguilar | Marlene Alanis | Jessica E. Alas | Victor Adam Alcantara | Sincirey Star Almanza | Stafani Marie Almanza | Lauren Ashley Alvarez | Tiran Ambartsumyan | Carlos Alan Amezquita | Andre Andreas | Jessica Zuheide Angulo | Claudette Valerie Antuna | Ani Arakelyan | Liliana Arana | Juliana Rose Arentzoff | Vania Maria Aviles | Gourgen Babayan | Amir Abdelsalam Badawi | Anita Baghdasarian | David Banuelos | Melina Barragan | Joanna Victoria Barraza | Alique Bedikian | Kelly Ann Been | Marlene Alicia Belloso | Bernard Benitez | Shelley Marie Bill | Gloria Desireé Blanco | Lara Lisa Boghossian | Nubia D. Botello | Melissa Jean Brown | Regina Tu Butler | Diana Cabral | Jazmine Cabral | Carlos A. Cabrera | Andrea C. Cadena | Jason Anthony Calloway | Krysty Valerie Calzada | Frances Marie Cantos | Elvira Nayeli Cardenas | Yuriana Isel Carpio | Jannet Carrasco | Annette Bernice Carrillo | Ashley Lynette Cassidy | Cesar Ceballos Caldera | Dora Alicia Chávez | Earnest T. Cheatham, Jr. | Simpson Hank Cheng | Joanne Chiang | Norma Alicia Choza-Sanchez | Laura Cisneros | Christopher Stephen Conner | Susana Yasmin Contreras | Stephanie Michelle Corcios | Steve Cordova | Cristian Omar Correa | Anthony John Costantino | Randall Albert Cox, Jr. | Maria Angelica Cuellar | Karem Paola Cuevas | Eduardo Cureno | Chanell Delisha Daily | Kiet V. Dan | Ellen Davidian | Ana Edith De Paz | Natalie Joy DiBenedetto | Laura Elena Dominguez | Jamie Ngoc Du | Kelly Duong | Evelyn Duran | Paola Consuelo Duran | Aminta Rosa Echeverria | Alexa Giselle Enamorado | Samantha Kristin Encinas | Andre Eskandari | Jorge Hernandez Estrada | Rosalba Lizeth Estrella | Brittany Nicole Fernandez | Joel Figueroa | Jonathan Figueroa | Anna Marie Flores | Martha Aurelia Flores | Nancy Flores | Araceli Franco Rodriguez | Andrew Vann Frane | Ezequiel Gallegos, Jr. | Kencie Carmelina Galvez | Angel Leon Garcia | Ariana Garcia | Carla Garcia | Jaime Garcia | Johanna Garcia | Yesenia Garcia | Rosio Garduño Espinoza | Marina Gamal Gatas | Idania Gaucin | Carmela-Anne Cordero Geronca | Stamatina Giannakopoulou | April Lynn Giddens | Vanessa Jovanna Glasberg | Kyle Baltazar Go | Carmen Susana Godinez | Breanna Lauren Gomez | Jesse Brian Gomez | Martha Berenice Gomez | Carla Nohemy Gonzalez | Jasmine Gonzalez | Kimberly Tracy Gonzalez | Mayra Alexandra Gonzalez | Stephanie Gonzalez | Tamara Elisse Gonzalez | Trevor Arthur Akira Graham | Craig Markeith Grant | Dayna Delight Grigsby | Paula Guadron | Deisy Marisela Guardado | Kevin Guevara | Amy Lizeth Guzman | Rosa Zavala Guzman | Suzanne Marie Guzman | Jared Allen Hardcastle | Tyler James Hatchel | Laura-Ann Henry | Alejandra Claudia Hernandez | Cecilia Hernandez | Cindy Carolyn Hernandez | Oscar Hernandez | Mayra Lizeth Hernandez Arias | Cristal Hernandez Santiago | William Gerald Hess | Rebecca Janice Horta | Jacqueline Huerta | Tuekeha Aisha Huntley | Jelani A. Hutton | Alanna Sarra Imperial | Ashley Jennings | Valeria Del Carmen Jimenez | Alejandra Rangel Jordan | Meztli Xochil Jurado | Michelle Chiemi Kawato | Mariana Mariam Khachatryan | Marina Khurdajyan | Mihran Konanyan | Taryn Rochelle Kowalcik | Emily Kathleen La Dou | Christa Lynn Lacombe | Kevin Lam | Maisha S. Lassiter | Michael N. Lee | Lucila Roselia Leiva | Taniqua E. Leon | Gloriana Ying Lew | Terence Dane Lewis | Jessica Leyva | Joshua Limon | Netzi Neydin Linares | David Liu | Megan Lucille Lockhart | Alexander Francisco Loera | Cristina Lopez | Gloriana Lopez | Veronica Lopez | Karina Lopez-Gomez | Juan Manuel Machuca, Jr. | Candice Lynn Magallanes | Colleen Maldonado | Elizabeth Manzo | Joseph Eric Marez | Jennifer Carolyn Markewych | Erika A. Marquez | Luis Antonio Martinez | Melissa Martinez | Sarah Rebecca Martinez | Ingrid Jahel Mayer | Victoria Erin McAuliffe | Denise L. Medina | Julissa Medina | Steven Federico Melgar | Jose Angel Mendiola | Esteban Mendo | Nathalie P. Michel | Isaac Matthew Miranda | Christine J. Miranda Ambriz | Narine Mnatsakanian | Mayra Alejandra Molina | Arnoldo Montelongo | Ashley M. Moore | Vanessa Morales | Janette Muñoz | Natalia Navarro-Ocampo | Vi Nhan | Rosana Nieto | Martina Njoku | Kaitlin M. Noble | Sophia Quiroz Nolasco | Belen Oceguera | Paulina Elena Ochoa | Wendy Ochoa | Lov Vya Viviann Ollison | Jessica Monique Ortiz | Marco Antonio Ortiz | Nicole Christine Ortiz | Jennifer D. Palacios | Delmy Ivette Palao | Lisa Marie Pardo | Erica C. Pedroza | Jonathan Robert Pelletier | Hugo Eduardo Pena | Christopher John Perez | Karla Nohemi Perez | Leticia Perez | Emily Gabriella Picone | Elba Yoselyn Pineda | Daniel Alan Pintado | Jasmin Preciado | Sandy Yeraldy Pulido | Susana Rosalia Pulido | Matthew K. Quan | Liana Desiree Quijada | Alma Viridiana Ramirez | Eileen Diana Ramirez | Elvira Ramos | Jessica Raygoza | Elsy Samantha Realsola | Aaron Alexander Reeves | Gabriel Lagasca Regalado | Jenny Stephanie Reyes | Marlin Leticia Reyes | Beatriz Delgadillo Reyna | Giselle Rivas | Mariela Janet Rivas | Yoana Lisseth Rivas | Alice Sanchez Rivera | Mayra Alejandra Robledo | Danielle A. Rodgers | Ivette Rodriguez | Janette A. Rodriguez | Perla Yolanda Rodriguez | Therese Jean Ortiz Rodriguez | Veronica Elizabeth Romo-Silva | Kristal Rosas | Viviana Ruano | Jessica Ruiz | Jaime Saavedra | Dario V. Sanchez | Xenia Sanchez | Mayra Alejandra Santana | Jolene Odessa Santistevan | Elizabeth Noemi Santos | Lia Sarkissian | Cristopher Lee Seals | Selineh Shahbazian | Gary DeLanté Shaw | Jolyne Dominique Shepard | Christopher Smith | Jessica Lesseth Soriano | Veronika Strmiskova | Nancy Ta | Arnice Yevette Taylor | Melissa Ann Tillett | Haik Toomasian | Mariam Torosian | Julie Torres | Kathleen Ann Torres | Kathy Trang | Blanca Virginia Trujillo | Ty' Breece Breshell Tucker | Juliet Uchechi Udeochu | Andrea Patricia Udero | Paulina Valadez | Stephanie Valencia | Miriam Valladares | Mark Alexander Vargas | Diana Graciela Vazquez | Sarah Mison Velasco | Alison Guadalupe Vidaurre | Cynthia Villagrana | Sonia Elvira Villarreal | Veronica Kelly Viramontes | Sherry W. Wang | Cody Devyn Weeks | Sabrina Elizabeth Wright | Leslie Y. Yamagishi | Amanda Yee | Carli Kiyoko Yoneda | Alyssa Sean Zepeda | Angel Zhu

Dual Majors: Melissa J. Brown, Psychology and Criminal Justice | Ellen Davidian, Psychology and Public Health | Ariana Garcia, Psychology and Rehabilitation Services | Carmen Susana Godinez, Psychology and Sociology | William Gerald Hess, Political Science and Psychology | Joseph Eric Marez, Political Science and Psychology | Mayra Alejandra Molina, Communicative Disorders and Psychology | Gabriel Lagasca Regalado, African-American Studies and Psychology | Yoana L. Rivas, Psychology and Political Science | Viviana Ruano, Communicative Disorders and Psychology | Dario V. Sanchez, Music and Psychology | Kathy Trang, Psychology and Biology

 

PSYCH Colloquium Presents: "Digital Bonds: Online and Offline Connectedness in Emerging Adults" with Lauren Sherman, Minas Michikyan, and Dr. Patricia Greenfield

May 28, 2013: During this hour-long lecture, Professor Minas Michikyan talked about the exciting research he has been working on. In collaboration with Lauren Sherman (Ph.D. student in developmental psychology at UCLA) and Dr. Patricia Greenfield (Distinguised Professor of Psychology at UCLA), the team used an experimental approach to examine how emerging adults connect and bond with friends through various digital media, and how this compares to bonding in person (face-to-face). They also investigated whether previous experiences with digital media help youth to more effectively connect with friends in online environments, and which topics of conversation are considered more "appropriate" for text-based or in-person communication among emerging adults.

Minas Michikyan is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology and teaches courses on sex and gender, developmental psychology, and multicultural psychology. He is also a researcher at the Children's Digital Media Center @Los Angeles (CSULA/UCLA), the Multicultural Research Center (CSULA), and the Digital Learning and Development Lab (University of Southern California).

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PSYCH Colloquium Presents: "Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Behaviorism: Revisiting Watson's "Give me a dozen healthy infants..." with Dr. Henry Schlinger and Myrna Bassam

May 14, 2013: Speaking to a packed classroom, Dr. Henry Schlinger's presentation examined the 100th Anniversary of Behaviorism and, in particular, focused on the misrepresentation of John Watson's famous phrase, "Give me a dozen healthy infants...," which continues to be taken out of context to this day.

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Oh, Rats! A glimpse inside Dr. Schlinger's instructional animal behavior laboratory

May 2013: The twenty-eight graduate students enrolled in Dr. Henry Schlinger’s PSY 500, Seminar in Learning and Behavior, have the unique opportunity to put into practice the principles of learning acquired in the classroom by working with rats. Yes, rats.

The students learn to carry out magazine training, behavior shaping, behavior chaining, and discrimination training. And they also learn to place behavior under several different schedules of reinforcement. In addition, they learn how to handle and care for a laboratory animal and how to program the experimental chamber in preparation for future research and/or admittance to doctoral programs in experimental behavioral analysis or behavioral neuroscience.

These skills with laboratory rats are essential for ABA students planning to work in applied settings with humans (e.g., individuals diagnosed with autism and related disabilities) or nonhumans (in animal training programs or venues like local zoos or Sea World). For those students planning to pursue doctoral work doing basic research with nonhumans either in psychology, behavioral pharmacology, or neuroscience, the lab provides them with the basics of animal care and handling as well as the principles and procedures of operant conditioning that are used in many pharmacological and neuroscience preparations.

Dr. Schlinger serves as the director for the Master of Science in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis option. Undergraduate students interested in Dr. Schlinger's research can enroll in his undergraduate-level courses, PSY 421 (Psychology of Learning and Behavior) and PSY 428 (Introduction to Analysis of Behavior).

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Dr. Pamela Regan featured in latest edition of Cal State L.A. TODAY Magazine

May 2013: In the article, Dr. Pamela Regan discusses her most recent undertaking, writing an online blog for Psychology Today magazine. Read the article and then check out her blog here!

 

The Graduate Student Recognition Reception 2013

May 7, 2013: The Office of Graduate Studies and Research presented its annual recoginition reception to honor those graduate students who have received special awards, fellowships, authorered publications, or presented their research at professional conferences. Psychology faculty were on hand to celebrate with our student honorees. The following psychology students were among those recognized for their achievements:

Graduate Equity Fellowship: Jennifer Estassi, Apply Ly, Roza Manasyan, Maisam Othman, Sibella Salazar, Christine Schmelzle, Javier Sotomayor-Galindo, Erika Tututi

International Graduate Student Tuition Waiver: Alexandra Indaco

Presenation at Professional Conferences: Rogelio Carrillo, Ana Fonseca, Marissa Garay, Tyler Hatchel, Phoebe Lee, Apple Ly, Magie Maekawa, Cynthia Martinez, Sibella Salazar, Winnie Shi, Tony Ye, Erika Zambrano-Morales

CSULA Graduate Delegate for the CSU Research Competition: Tony Ye

pictured below: Tony Ye, Michael Burgwin, Dr. Alicia Izquierdo, Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Guadalupe Gutierrez, Dr. Munyi Shea, Winnie Shi, Dr. Senqi Hu, Erika Zambrano-Morales, Prof. Minas Michikyan, Rogelio Carrillo, Dr. Eric Kohatsu and several of his lab students...

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Dr. Subrahmanyam gives a talk at the National Academies Board on Children, Youth, and Families

On April 29, 2013 Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam traveled to Washington DC to participate in a session of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF, for short). Housed within the National Academy of Sciences, the BCYF invites top scholars and experts from a wide variety of fields to discuss and investigate vital issues confronting children, youth, and families. Dr. Subrahmanyam's talk, part of the BCYF Spring Board meeting, focused on technology, media, children, and adolescents.

 

Honors Convocation 2013

On April 26, 2013, Cal State L.A. held its annual Honors Convocation to celebrate the exceptional academic accomplishements of its students. Psychology faculty and staff were on hand to pass out certificates and congratulate our many honorees! Below is a list of psychology students who received awards during the 2012 academic year.

 

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Freshman Honors at Entrance. Psychology students who receive Honors at Entrance are first-time freshmen who entered Cal State L.A. with a minimum 3.5 grade point average on their high school records:

Baeza, Evelyn
Campos, Oscar Harvey
Chan, Irma Natalia
Chavarria-Pineda, Jasmin
Contreras, Vanessa Nicole
Crispino, Daniel
Delgado, Rocio
Galan, Miriam Veronica
Irianto, Effieana N
Kim, Won
Mercado, Marissa Joanne
Merino, Nayeli Guadalupe
Newman, Aaliyah Marie
Ocampo, Alexandra
Olsesski, Gabby
Ortiz, Jasmin
Ortiz, Josselin
Ramos, Priscilla Stacy
Rivas, Karely
Rodriquez, Jeannette
Rosasm Vanessa Janet
Tec, Mayra Lizzete
Vaca-Flores, Gabriela
Vanegas, Karina
Vargas, Simon

 

Dean's List. Psychology undergraduates who earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in 12 or more units of graded course work in one quarter and who rank in the upper five percent of students in academic achievement in their college are named to the Dean’s List.

Anguiano Jr, Carlos Joe
Ashrafi, Sheerin Sharon
Been, Kelly Ann
Benitez, Bernard
Bill, Shelley Marie
Brown, Melissa Jean
Cabral, Diana
Canela, Leticia
Carrillo, Gabriela
Cheung-Lau, Lilia
DiBenedetto, Natalie Joy
Enamorado, Alexa Giselle
Frane, Andrew Vann
Frost, Emily Anne
Gallegos Jr, Ezequiel
Gamboa, Horalia
Gomez, Gabriela Angelica
Gonzalez, Diego Jesus
Guzman, Suzanne Marie
Hatchel, Tyler James
Henry, Laura-Ann
Isayan, Seda
Ishikawa, Haruko Jeannie
Jordan I, Alejandra Rangel
Kupalyan, Meriam Bella
Lopez Jr, Louis Joaquin
Lopez, Gloriana
Magallanes,Julianna Marie
Martinez, Jocelyn Alicia
Mattice, Michael Scott
McDermott, Peter
Mendez, Rachel Joy
Moran IV, Luis Rafael
Ochoa, Wendy
Ortiz, Marco Antonio
Patel, Aarti Narendra
Pickett, Victoria Mary
Quan, Matthew K
Ramon JR., Douglas David
Raygoza, Jessica
Rodriguez, Richard Ernesto
Romero, Phillip Albert
Santhoff, Sasha Tamara
Shehata, Jacqueline Nabil
Stadler, Ramona Sara
To, Le Thuc
Torres, Julie
Truong, Nancy Ngoc
Villarreal ,Sonia Elvira
Wang, Sherry W
Xintarianos, Elizabeth Astghig
Younge, Ayana Nissa

 

Special Recognition in Graduate Studies. Psychology students receiving Special Recognition in Graduate Studies are those who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement through 2012 by maintaining a grade point average of 3.8 or higher in 80% or more in their required program:

Carrillo, Rogelio
Rogers, Veronica Anne
Younge, Ayana Nissa
Dickson ,Kristine Denise
Nguyen, Thi Ngoc Hanh
Ye, Tony
Bochove ,Elisabeth Ashley
Houseman, Christinalee Olympia
Salazar,Sibella Bernadette
Gilbert,Michael Sean
Shi, Winnie
Liu, Ying
Maekawa, Magie S
Williams, Tracy Lynn
Baker, Katie M
Bickelman, Allison Rose
Craven, Hillary Elyse
Estassi, Jennifer Marie
Heimann, Benjamin Thomas
Lee, Gina
Miller, Lyssa Rae
Nielson, Aubrey
Tututi, Erika
Schmelzle, Christine Nicole
Waring, Kirstie Elizabeth
Orso, Diamond Chenae
Barreto, Halima DeLosAngeles
Cerda, Jessica A
Bassam, Myrna
Gordon, Lyndsy Sue
Sarkisyan, Ani
Madrid, Amber M
Othman, Maisam Mutassem
Zhu, Kim Yi Hua
Santos, Carlos Roberto
Dotson, Brenna Marie
Ryan, Justina Louise
Truong, Kimberly Hong
Olacsi, Gordon Lewis

 

Michael W. Roffe Psychology Scholarship: Ramon, Douglas David

Charles Wang Scholarship: Ishikawa, Haruko Jeannie

William Hobson and Evelyn Troup Scholarship Fund:

Alsina, Maria Betania
Anderson, Jared Kirkman
Argutinsky, Anna Katrina
Babakhanian, Vagik
Baghasarian, Maria
Baker , Katie M.
Barreto, Halima DeLosAngeles
Bickelman, Allison Rose
Carrasco, Janet
Castaneda, Marlene
Chang, Andrew
Colombo, Richard Andrew
Craven, Hillary E
Dotson, Brenna Marie
Estassi, Jennifer Marie
Fletes, Ruby Elsie
Giddens, April Lynn
Guardado, Deisy Marisela
Gutierrez, Guadalupe
Indaco, Alexandra
Kostandyan, Liana
Kupalyan, Meriam Bella
Lee, Vivian
Liu, Ying
Ly, Apple Nhuan
Manasyan, Roza
McGee, Oriana
Meena, Dalton Tony
Moradian, Melania
Nielson, Aubrey
Oceguera, Belen
Ochoa, Wendy
Parrales, Adriana Rita
Quan, Matthew K.
Ranson, Jeffery
Reeves, Aaron Alexander
Reule, Jonathan Edward Andrew
Romero, Phillip Albert
Rosen, Roxanna Luisa
Ryan, Justina louise
Salazar, Sibella Bernadette
Schmelzle, Christine Nicole
Shi, Winnie
Sotomayor-Galindo, Javier
Stolyarova, Alexandra
Tavera, Giovanna
Trang, Kathy
Tututi, Erika
Wang, Sherry W.
Ye, Tony
Zeng, Vivian
Zepeda, Yarazeth

 

Alsina, Maria Betania
Anderson, Jared Kirkman
Argutinsky, Anna Katrina
Babakhanian, Vagik
Baghasarian, Maria
Baker , Katie M.
Barreto, Halima DeLosAngeles
Bickelman, Allison Rose
Carrasco, Janet
Castaneda, Marlene
Chang, Andrew
Colombo, Richard Andrew
Craven, Hillary E
Dotson, Brenna Marie
Estassi, Jennifer Marie
Fletes, Ruby Elsie
Giddens, April Lynn
Guardado, Deisy Marisela
Gutierrez, Guadalupe
Indaco, Alexandra
Kostandyan, Liana
Kupalyan, Meriam Bella
Lee, Vivian
Liu, Ying
Ly, Apple Nhuan
Manasyan, Roza
McGee, Oriana
Meena, Dalton Tony
Moradian, Melania
Nielson, Aubrey
Oceguera, Belen
Ochoa, Wendy
Parrales, Adriana Rita
Quan, Matthew K.
Ranson, Jeffery
Reeves, Aaron Alexander
Reule, Jonathan Edward Andrew
Romero, Phillip Albert
Rosen, Roxanna Luisa
Ryan, Justina louise
Salazar, Sibella Bernadette
Schmelzle, Christine Nicole
Shi, Winnie
Sotomayor-Galindo, Javier
Stolyarova, Alexandra
Tavera, Giovanna
Trang, Kathy
Tututi, Erika
Wang, Sherry W.
Ye, Tony
Zeng, Vivian
Zepeda, Yarazeth

 

Psi Chi Honor Society. The Cal State L.A. chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society initiated the following new members in 2012:

Alexandia, Mania
Anguiano, Carlos
Angulo, Jessica
Antuna, Claudette
Bill, Shelley
Brown, David
Capistran, Denise
Chavez, Dora
Clause, Haley
Constantino, Anthony
Corcoran, Lindsay
Cortez, Crystal
Cruz, Cynthia
Davidian, Ellen
De Serrano, Leslie
Durantes, Brenda
Enamorado, Alexa
Estrado, Jorge
Frost, Emily
Garcia, Jaime
Garcia, Yesenia
Gaucin, Idania
Gonzalez, Amy
Guzman, Rosa
Hatchell, Tyler
Hernandez, Cristal
Hua, Linda
Julie-Guiot, Madhavi
Karagiozova, Anna
Kneefel, Adrianna
Kostandyan, Liana
Lange, Bianne
Lee, Vivian
Limon, Joshua
Manamshian, Tanya
Manzo, Elizabeth
McDanial, Gloria
McGee, Oriana
Munoz, Yunuen
Nguyen, Anh
Oceguera, Belen
Ochoa, Wendy
Parra, Vanessa
Perez, Raul
Pineda, Elba
Ponce, Martin
Rayas, Erika
Regalado, Gabriel
Rivas, Mariela
Rodriquez, Brianna
Rodriquez, Ivette
Romillo, Claire
Romo-Silva, Veronica
Rubio, Araceli
Salinas, Bryant
Sanchez, Elizabeth
Santhoff, Sasha
Shi, Winnie
Torres, Jeanetter
Tucker, Ty
Uscanga, Martha
Valley, Venna
Vazquez, Sandra
Velasco, Johanna
Veliz, Amber

 

Rebecca Wang, psychology undergraduate student, receives the Golden Eagle Award of Excellence

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March 2013: The Golden Eagle Awards of Excellence recognize the outstanding achievements of CSULA students who have made important contributions to the campus and to their communities. Rebecca Wang, an undergraduate senior who will be completing her double major in Psychology and Political Science this spring, was one of the recipients of this year's awards. Recipients were honored at a reception held on Wednesday, March 6 that included family, friends, and campus dignitaries. In addition to pursuing a double major and placing on the Dean’s Honor List for three consecutive years, Rebecca is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society. She is also a gold leader for Camp Golden Eagle, a mentoring program for first year freshmen. This year, she has also served as a mentor for CSULA’s 2nd Annual Pride Mentorship Project where LGBTQ college students spend a day getting to know their high school counterparts and discussing issues in the community. Rebecca has worked previously as a student assistant in the psychology department office and is currently working as a customer service assistant at the Cross Cultural Centers. Both of these jobs have allowed her to interact with the students at CSULA, helping to answer questions, address concerns, and connect them to programs on campus.

 

As a gold leader mentor, Rebecca has had the opportunity to mentor first time freshmen, attend events with them, and help them adjust to CSULA. As a member of Golden Key, an honor society heavily focused on service, she has been able to volunteer for various causes in the surrounding community, including hosting a book fair, doing crafts with children, doing spring cleaning for Anna Bing Arnold Child Care Center, planting trees, organizing and cleaning at the Downtown Women’s shelter, walking dogs at Furbaby animal rescue, building homes for low income families with Habitat for Humanity, feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving as part of the annual Gobble Gobble Give Day, feeding the homeless at the midnight mission, volunteering with Padres Contra El Cancer at a picnic for children with cancer, volunteering for fundraising efforts at Bruin Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk, Light The Night, and Ronald MacDonald’s House Walk For Kids, wrapping donated Christmas gifts for charity with Friends and Helpers, and helping to organize a trip to visit the USS Iowa for disabled veterans. Finally, taking part in Pride Mentorship really opened Rebecca’s eyes to the struggles of queer youth in the community at large.

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Rebecca’s ultimate goal is to go to law school, specialize in environmental law, and work for either a government agency or a non-profit organization. Her primary interest lies in protecting natural resources from corporate exploitation and pollution.

 

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The 21st Annual Cal State L.A. Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) took place on Friday, February 22, 2013. The symposium provided several of the department’s undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research and scholarly work via oral or poster presentations. The event gave judges, guests, and fellow participants a glimpse of the gifted and stimulating work that is being done by our psychology students under the invaluable guidance of our faculty mentors.


The department wishes to congratulate all psychology students who participated and a special thanks to faculty mentors who helped to make this year’s symposium a wonderful success. Below is a list of our student presenters. Winners (to be announced at a later date) go on to represent Cal State LA in a CSU-statewide competition to be held at Cal Poly Pomona on May 10 and 11, 2013.

Oral Presentations (University Student Union)

Student name(s) Degree program Presentation title Faculty mentor
Brenna Dotson MS Forensic Psychology The Effects of Gang Affiliation on Verdict Choice Mitchell Eisen
Marissa Garay and Halima Barreto BA/MS Forensic Psychology Social Anxiety and Presentation of the False Self on Facebook Kaveri Subrahmanyam and Minas Michikyan
Tyler Hatchel and Andrew Frane BA Psychology Me, Myself, and My Facebook: Narcissism and Self-presentation on Facebook Kaveri Subrahmanyam and Minas Michikyan
Rachel Mendez BA Psychology Haunted by the Past, Drowning out the Present: Parental Conflict and Substance Use in Intimate Partner Violence Gaithri Fernando
Belen Oceguera BA Psychology Barriers to Recovery from Multiple Traumas: The Impact of Culture and Minority Status Gaithri Fernando
Marilyn Orozco and Maisam Othman MS Forensic Psychology “We got the guy”: How overhearing suggestive information can lead to false identifications Mitchell Eisen
Sibella Salazar MA Psychology American Indian Ethnic Identity Jessica Dennis
Tony Ye MA Psychology Cognitive Inflexibility After Adolescent Methamphetamine Exposure Alicia Izquierdo
Rogelio Carrillo MA Psychology Reading Comprehension as a Function of Bilingualism Kaveri Subrahmanyam and Minas Michikyan
Wendy Ochoa BA Psychology Language Mixing Among Preschool Dual Language Learners Kaveri Subrahmanyam

 

Poster Presentations (Golden Eagle Ballroom)

Student name(s) Degree program Presentation title Faculty mentor
Ana Fonseca, Phoebe Lee, Sibella Salazar, and Liana Kostandyan BA/MA Psychology Maintenance of Latino Culture among Latino Young Adults and Parents Jessica Dennis
Sherry Wang and Rogelio Gonzalez BA Psychology College Stress and Psychological Adjustment among Ethnically Diverse Students: an Examination of Spirituality as a Moderator Munyi Shea
Guadalupe Gutierrez, Lilibeth Lira, Vivian Lee, and Ruby Fletes BA Psychology Family Support: A Key to Biculturalism Jessica Dennis
Guadalupe Gutierrez and Sandy Wang BA/MA Psychology Parenting Behavior and School-Aged Bullying Experience: Association with Self-Esteem in Young Adults Munyi Shea and Robert Kennison Kaveri Subrahmanyam
Cristal Hernandez Santiago BA Psychology Language Change in Mexican-American Dual Language Learners: Examining Spanish Errors
Veronica Romo-Silva and Ayana Younge BA/MA Psychology Perceptions of Relationship Conflict: Links with Parental Marital Conflict and Divorce Heidi Riggio
Bryant Salinas BA Psychology The Effect of Word Valence and Environmental Sound on Working Memory Theodore Bell and Pamela Harman
Winnie Shi and Yu Zhang MA/BA Psychology Parents and Teachers’ Perspectives on Asian and Latino Immigrant Children’s School Bullying Experience Munyi Shea

 

 

Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam participated in a panel, "Will Gaming Change the Way We Learn," that took place at the MOCA in Downtown LA...

Dec. 2012: Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam's talk, "Will Gaming Change the Way We Learn," took place in Downtown LA's MOCA Grand Avenue. Speaking to a jam-packed audience, the panel of experts discussed the impact of video games on learning. Check out the video below. To read more about the event, click here: "Teachers of Yesteryear, Bow To the Awesomeness of Minecraft"

 

 

Dr. Ramani Durvasula receives the 2011-2012 Outstanding Professor Award

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Sept. 2012, from CSULA News Release: At Cal State L.A., the annual Outstanding Professor Awards recognize excellence in teaching and cite significant achievements in scholarly inquiry or creativity, professional activities, and service to the campus and community. Frequently referred by the media as a psychology expert and a mental health commentator, Ramani Durvasula has conducted research on the neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV, sexual risk behaviors, substance use, psychosocial factors and health, eating disorders, and health and ethnicity.

 

More recently, Durvasula has been exploring the role of mental health in the media, and exploring such global issues as the health issues faced by girls and women who are victims of human trafficking. She authored a book on health and wellness that will be released in 2013 and has recently started working on her second book. Additionally, her work and expert opinion has been cited in numerous print and internet media outlets. She was featured on Bravo's THINtervention and on the Dr. Oz Show, among other TV programs. On Oct. 9, she will be co-host of My Shopping Addiction on Oxygen. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Institute of Mental Health. She is presently in the second year of the Health Adherence Research Project, a continuation of her longitudinal work examining major psychopathology and personality disorders on sexual health, substance use, and overall health in persons living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk for infection.

 

A CSULA faculty since 1999, Durvasula teaches a wide range of topics, including introductory psychology, psychopathology, research design, health psychology, clinical psychology, assessment, and substance use. One of her students commented: "She brings her real-world experiences and scientific knowledge together in her classroom. I consider myself lucky to have had her as a mentor. She will be an inspiration for the rest of my life." Another wrote: "This professor is entirely responsible for igniting my passion for research." A licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles, Durvasula is past chair of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Committee on Psychology and AIDS, and vice chair elect of the APA's Committee on Women and Psychology. She completed her master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology at UCLA, and her clinical training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. The American Association of University Women awarded her the 2003 Emerging Scholar Award, and in that same year, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Women Award from Cal State L.A.