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School of Natural and Social Sciences

Rick Fraser PhD

Office: King Hall C3180N
Phone: (323) 343-6352
Phone: alt office  (626) 568-0881


Rick Fraser PhD, is a Family Therapist and lecturer in the Department of Sociology at California State University - Los Angeles. His private practice, Fraser Associates is located in Pasadena and, additionally, he consults with the Superior Court of Los Angeles as an expert in the area of child custody and mediation. Rick has been teaching at Cal State-LA since 1998 focusing on areas of Child Development, Intimate Relationships, Gender and Religion. Rick integrates a broad academic background with a practical professional experience to facilitate his instruction to the diverse audience of students who attend his classes.


Dr. Fraser teaches a variety of courses at Calstate-Los Angeles. His interest include Intimate Relationships, Child Development and all things Marriage and Family.

Soc 120  Intimate Relationships in our Diverse Society

Soc 201  Principles of Sociology

Soc 202  Society and Individual Development

Soc 322  Socialization:  Childhood and Adolescence

Soc  341  Sociology of Gender Roles

Soc  348  Class, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender

Soc  383  Violence in America

Soc  440  Marriage and Family

Soc  445  Sociology of Religion

Soc  485  Family and Domestic Violence

Soc  540  Graduate Seminar - Marriage and Family


My research focuses upon issues surrounding 'best interest' theory, that is to say, issues involving children who are, for a variety of reasons, reliant upon the courts to determine custody, visitation or placement. My dissertation examined the differences between the professionals, both legal professionals and mental health professions, who have to make those custody determinations. I am currently working on several smaller articles based upon the the larger data base that provided the basis of that exploration. As an expert in the field of child custody, I present on a regular basis to parents who are in the process of mediation and/or divorce and are having difficulty in their custody agreements. These presentations are required attendance for those seeking a divorce in Los Angeles County. This program 'Parents and Children Together' (PACT) has had a major influence in educating parents as to how custody is decided upon and maintained.

Representative Professional Activities



ongoing PACT Lectures, Pasadena Superior Court
1999 Custody Decision-Making among Professionals: An inquiry between Legal and Mental Health Professionals, Dissertation Abstracts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
2003 First Car 101, Motor Trend Magazine, August 2003


PhD Sociology/Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy 1999
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

MA Sociology 1997
University of Southern California

MA Marriage and Family Therapy 1990
Fuller Theological Institute
Pasadena, California

M Div Theology 1990
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California

BA Psychology/Anthropology 1977
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado


Course Sect. No. Title Units Day & Time Room
120 1Intimate Relationships in a Diverse Society 4MW 950-1130TBA
322 1 Socialization: Childhood and Adolescent 4 MW 1140-120 TBA
202 1 Society and Individual Development 4 MW 420-6pm TBA
485 1 Family Violence 4M 610-10pmTBA


Day Time
Monday 800-950, 130-415p
Tuesday by appointment
Wednesday 800-950am
Thursday by appointment

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