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Claudia Kouyoumdjian

Child and Family Studies

Office: E&T 507
Phone: 3-5418
E-mail: ckouyou@calstatela.edu





INTRODUCTION

Dr. Kouyoumdjian received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the field of Psychology in 2001. She then attended the teacher credential program at California Polytechnic University, Pomona and received a multiple subjects teaching credential with a BCLAD emphasis in 2002. Shortly after she returned to Santa Barbara, and entered the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB. She received her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Development in 2008.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

Dr. Kouyoumdjian teaches courses that focus on adolescent development and parent child dynamics. She believes learning should involve a dynamic interaction between the instructor, the students and the material.

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RESEARCH

Dr. Kouyoumdjian's research interests include Adolescent Sexuality and Achievement Motivation, Ethnic Minority Family Processes, and Culture, Gender, and Health Socialization. Her current research focuses on the development of autonomy among Armenian adolescents. Past research has focused on mother-child communication about education, family dynamics among Latino adolescents experiencing a teen pregnancy, and sexual health social support among diverse populations.

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PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Title Date
Romo, L.F., Kouyoumdjian, C., Nadeem, E. & Sigman, M. (2006). Promoting values of education in Latino mother-adolescent discussions about conflict and sexuality issues. In J. Denner and B. Guzman (Eds.), Latina Girls: Voices of Adolescent Strength in the US. New York University Press.
Romo, L.F., & Kouyoumdjian, C., & Lightfoot, M. (2008). Sources of influence on the college goals, sexual behavior, and childbearing attitudes of Latina girls in alternative high schools. In C. Hudley and Gottfried A.E. (Eds.), Academic motivation and the culture of schooling in Childhood and Adolescence. Oxford University Press.
Kouyoumdjian, C., Nadeem, E., Gonzalez, L., Ocampo, L., & Quiroz, P. (2008). The Role of Fathers in a Teenage Pregnancy. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association, Irvine, CA
Kouyoumdjian, C., & Romo, L. (2008). Armenian Adolescents' Choices to Negotiate, Comply, or Challenge Parental Academic Expectations. Paper presented at Society for Research in Adolescence, Chicago, IL.

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Education 2008

M.A. Education 2004

B.A. Psychology 2001

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COURSE LISTING

Course Course Title Day & Time Room Quarter
CHDV 340- Middle Childhood and Adolescence Fall 08

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