Psychology Faculty Research Activities

The tenure-track psychology and human development faculty are involved in a wide range of research and professional activities. These activities extend from the laboratory to the community and they provide opportunities for students to receive specialized training and mentorship. Each of our faculty members works individually with students through independent study and directed reading courses, supervision of honor’s theses, graduate theses, and MARC and McNair projects, supervised internships, and other forms of collaboration. The following listing of faculty includes their research activities, administrative positions, and contact information. The listing is arranged by the graduate program with which these faculty are affiliated. Some faculty are affiliated with more than one program. For links to each faculty member’s own professional web page, please go to our Faculty & Staff section.

Child/Human Development Faculty

  • Kelly Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Institute for Family Relations and Child Development (ICDFR)
  • Director, Psychology/HD Honors Program
  • kelly@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7687
  • Office: SB-512
  • Research interests:
  • Interpersonal chemistry in friendships and romantic relationships
  • Impact of being ‘in love’ on performance across domains (e.g., academics, athletics, creativity)
  • Couple rituals, infidelity, and the meaning of marriage
  • Health disparities related to race, income, and sexual orientation
  • David Chavez, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, M.S. Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
  • dchavez@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5572
  • Office: SB-527
  • Research interests:
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Disenfranchised populations including ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation and mental health
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Violence in families and children
  • Laura Kamptner, Ph.D., Professor
  • Faculty Director, Community University Initiative for the Development of Attention and Readiness (CUIDAR)
  • kamptner@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5582
  • Office: SB-531
  • Research interests:
  • Attachment
  • Parenting and parent training
  • Sibling relationships
  • Personal possessions and their meaning in childhood.
  • Early childhood development and education
  • Issues in human development.
  • Jason Reimer, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, Child Development M.A. Program
  • Co-director, Learning Research Institute (LRI)
  • jreimer@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5578
  • Office: SB-534
  • Research interests:
  • Language and memory development
  • Visual word recognition in children and adults
  • Reading acquisition
  • Development of cognitive inhibition
  • Robert Ricco, Ph.D., Professor
  • Chair, Department of Psychology
  • rricco@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5485
  • Office: SB-425
  • Research interests:
  • Development of deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Reasoning, language, and social processes involved in argumentation
  • Dual process theories of cognition
  • Development of metacognition and epistemic thinking
  • Parent beliefs, goals, and expectations regarding children’s learning and development
  • Amy van Schagen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Chair, University Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • amy.vanschagen@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-3841
  • Office: SB-530
  • Research interests:
  • Quality learning environments for young children
  • Early childhood education (ECE) and development
  • Teacher development and work environments
  • Access to high quality ECE for marginalized groups
  • Race, income, and culture in relation to ECE and child development
  • Sharon Ward, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Chair, University Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • sward@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7304
  • Office: SB-526
  • Research interests:
  • Creativity in children as it relates to extra-curricular activities
  • School psychology
  • Assessment of young children especially functional analysis of disruptive behaviors
  • Depression in early adolescence
  • Peer rejection and social skills in middle childhood.
  • Amanda Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor
  • Faculty Supervisor, Infant Toddler Lab School
  • awilcox@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7431
  • Office: SB-528
  • Research interests:
  • Contextual influences on children's development with particular emphasis on early childhood classroom influences
  • Teacher's verbal interactions with young children
  • Congruence between teacher's beliefs and behaviors
  • How teachers move from novice to expert
  • Impact of various training techniques on teacher practices in early childhood education.
  • Eugene Wong, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, Human Development B.A. Program
  • ewong@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5573
  • Office: SB-523
  • Research interests:
  • Relations among perceived competence, academic coping, motivation, and academic performance for regular education and special education students
  • Teaching effectiveness at the university level
  • Use of cognitive training to enhance the working memory and executive functions of students with attention and learning disorders

Clinical-Counseling Psychology Faculty

  • Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • mbadiee@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7305
  • Office: SB-511
  • Research interests:
  • Women’s empowerment and activism
  • Community-based mixed methods research
  • Empowerment of LGBTQI individuals
  • Multicultural issues in mental health treatment
  • Relational approaches to psychotherapy
  • Stereotypes of Middle Eastern individuals and their impact
  • Sexual assault prevention
  • David Chavez, Ph.D., Professor
  • dchavez@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5572
  • Office: SB-527
  • Research interests:
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Disenfranchised populations including ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation and mental health
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Violence in families and children
  • Christina Hassija, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Director, Community Counseling Center
  • chassija@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5481
  • Office: SB-506
  • Research interests:
  • Trauma and associated mental health conditions
  • Risk and resilience factors in PTSD following interpersonal trauma
  • Psychological and emotional consequences of sexual assault and intimate partner violence
  • Meaning making and posttraumatic growth in trauma-exposed individuals
  • Dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD via telemedicine
  • Implementation and development of evidence-based psychotherapies for community sexual assault and intimate partner violence populations
  • Michael Lewin, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, M.S. Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
  • mlewin@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7303
  • Office: SB-521
  • Research interests:
  • Early Maladaptive Schemas and Cognitive Vulnerability
  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Anxiety

General-Experimental Psychology Faculty

  • Richard Addante, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • richard.addante@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5592
  • Office: SB-505
  • Research interests:
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory
  • Brain states Related to Human Performance
  • Neurophysiology of Clinical Amnesia Patient Deficits
  • Intervention Strategies to Improve Memory
  • Neurophysiology of Conscious and Non-Conscious Memory Processes
  • Dionisio Amodeo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • dionisio.amodeo@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-3587
  • Office: SB-535
  • Research interests:
  • Animal models of psychiatric disorders
  • Neurobiology of cognition
  • Understanding how alterations in the serotonin systemic may lead to psychiatric disorders
  • Cortico-striatal circuitry
  • Kelly Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Institute for Family Relations and Child Development (ICDFR)
  • Director, Psychology/HD Honors Program
  • kelly@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7687
  • Office: SB-512
  • Research interests:
  • Interpersonal chemistry in friendships and romantic relationships
  • Impact of being ‘in love’ on performance across domains (e.g., academics, athletics, creativity)
  • Couple rituals, infidelity, and the meaning of marriage
  • Health disparities related to race, income, and sexual orientation
  • Yuchin Chien, Ph.D., Professor
  • Associate Chair, Department of Psychology
  • ychien@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5596
  • Office: SB-507
  • Research interests:
  • Interaction between language and cognition
  • Categorization and concept formation
  • Cross-linguistic acquisition of syntax
  • Research methodology
  • John Clapper, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, M.A. General Experimental Psychology Program
  • jclappe@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-3843
  • Office: SB-502
  • Research interests:
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Categories and concepts
  • Unsupervised learning
  • Attention and memory organization
  • Computational models of human learning
  • Cynthia Crawford, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, Biological Psychology B.A. Program
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program Director
  • ccrawfor@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7416
  • Office: SB-524
  • Research interests:
  • Animal and human models of drug addiction
  • Second messenger system pharmacology
  • Developmental neuropsychopharmacology
  • Donna Garcia, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • dmgarcia@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-3893
  • Office: SB-508
  • Research interests:
  • Impact of social inequality on psycho-social functioning
  • Social pressures that discourage people from challenging discrimination
  • Self-fulfilling role that awareness of their “social value” plays in people’s outcomes.
  • Cari Goetz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • cgoetz@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-3844
  • Office: SB-503
  • Research interests:
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Mating, including romantic relationships and sexual behavior and psychology
  • Lifespan changes in mating and sexuality in women
  • Intrasexual competition and aggression, particularly in women
  • Hideya Koshino, Ph.D., Professor
  • Co-Director, Learning Research Institute (LRI)
  • hkoshino@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5435
  • Office: SB-533
  • Research interests:
  • Cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience approaches to the study of working memory
  • Relations between working memory and attention
  • Use of imaging technology (e.g., fMRI) in studying brain functioning
  • The Default Mode Network and Working Memory Network
  • Michael Lewin, Ph.D., Professor
  • mlewin@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7303
  • Office: SB-521
  • Research interests:
  • Early Maladaptive Schemas and Cognitive Vulnerability
  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Sanders McDougall, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
  • smcdouga@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5581
  • Office: SB-525
  • Research interests:
  • Ontogeny of basal ganglia functioning as it relates to unlearned motor movement.
  • Neural substrates (e.g., dopamine and NMDA) underlying psychostimulant-induced behavioral sensitization
  • Pavlovian processes important for behavioral sensitization.
  • Long-term behavioral and neural effects of psychostimulant (amphetamine, methamphetamine and MDMA) use and exposure to heavy metals (manganese)
  • Jason Reimer, Ph.D., Professor
  • Co-director, Learning Research Institute (LRI)
  • jreimer@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5578
  • Office: SB-534
  • Research interests:
  • Language and memory development
  • Visual word recognition in children and adults
  • Reading acquisition
  • Development of cognitive inhibition
  • Robert Ricco, Ph.D., Professor
  • Chair, Department of Psychology
  • rricco@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5485
  • Office: SB-425
  • Research interests:
  • Development of deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Reasoning, language, and social processes involved in argumentation
  • Dual process theories of cognition
  • Development of metacognition and epistemic thinking
  • Parent beliefs, goals, and expectations regarding children’s learning and development
  • David Riefer, Ph.D., Professor
  • Assistant Dean, College of Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • driefer@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5589
  • Office: SB-504
  • Research interests:
  • Human memory and cognition
  • Psychology of proofreading
  • Mathematical psychology
  • Matt Riggs, Ph.D., Professor
  • mriggs@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5574
  • Office: SB-529
  • Research interests:
  • Applied statistical methods
  • Data analysis and methodology for medical/health research
  • Applied psychometrics
  • Geraldine Stahly, Ph.D., Professor
  • gstahly@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5591
  • Office: SB-541
  • Research interests:
  • Psychology of women
  • Domestic violence and victimology
  • Child custody issues
  • Chronic illness and stigma.
  • Jodie Ullman, Ph.D., Professor
  • Faculty Senate State Representative
  • jullman@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5593
  • Office: SB-537
  • Research interests:
  • Applied multivariate statistical analysis with emphasis on structural equation modeling.
  • Research design and methodology
  • Longitudinal patterns of substance use
  • Joseph Wellman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • jwellman@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-7486
  • Office: SB-510
  • Research interests:
  • Stigmas influence on behavior, wellbeing and performance
  • Stress & physiological reactivity (e.g. cardiovascular threat, cortisol)
  • Discrimination claims among high and low status individuals
  • Status-legitimizing beliefs & intergroup interaction
  • Group identification

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Faculty

  • Mark Agars, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, Institute for Family Relations and Child Development (ICDFR)
  • magars@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5433
  • Office: SB-532
  • Research interests:
  • Social-cognitive and contextual approaches to the psychology of the workplace
  • Gender in the workplace and diversity management
  • The work and family interface
  • Challenges faced by low-wage workers and their families
  • Workplace creativity and innovation
  • Ismael Diaz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Email: ismael.diaz@csusb.edu
  • 909.537.5598
  • Office: SB-509
  • Research interests:
  • Occupational Health Psychology (OHP)
  • Leader and supervisor positive treatment and mistreatment
  • Communication technology attitudes, usage, and employee outcomes
  • Employee attitudes and well-being
  • Contextual performance
  • Incivility and mistreatment at work
  • Janelle Gilbert, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • janelle@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5587
  • Office: SB-539
  • Research interests:
  • Organizational processes, climate and culture
  • Group dynamics and composition
  • Work attitudes
  • Leadership development
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Janet Kottke, Ph.D., Professor
  • Director, M.S. Industrial Organizational Psychology Program
  • jkottke@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5585
  • Office: SB-538
  • Research interests:
  • Diversity and diversity management
  • Models of organizational change
  • Business ethics
  • Personnel selection
  • Measurement
  • Kenneth Shultz, Ph.D., Professor
  • kshultz@csusb.edu
  • (909) 537-5484
  • Office: SB-536
  • Research interests:
  • Psychological measurement issues applied to the world of work
  • Aging and work
  • Mid and late career issues
  • Transition to retirement
  • Bridge employment