Student Advising

The Psychology Department strongly recommends that all psychology and human development majors schedule regular advising appointments. Regular advising will ensure that you are meeting your major and general education requirements. Advising can also help you to graduate in a timely fashion. For example, advising can ensure that you don’t miss an opportunity to take a key class that may not be offered every quarter. Advising is important to your post-baccalaureate plans as well. Advisors will inform you of (master’s) programs that match your career interests and they will provide you with key guidance in preparing for, and applying to, these programs. One more reason to take advantage of our advising services – we can help you finish your degree before the University converts to a semester system!

You are encouraged to use multiple advising services to have a fulfilling and successful university experience. Below is a list of advising services offered by the department and college:

Peer Advising Center (PAC) for the Psychology and Human Development Department – The PAC is a student led center dedicated to supplementing the student services provided by the Psychology Department in academic advising. The PAC advisors can help you with general curriculum questions, read your PAWS report, direct you to other university services, and discuss course selections that fulfill the major and overall degree progress. The PAC is the best place to discuss your schedule of classes. Students are encouraged to meet with PAC advisors a minimum of every other quarter. Signing in at the PAC will release the advising hold placed by the department for students who reach 120 units without receiving advising. The PAC is a walk-in service, no appointment is necessary. Open hours are posted on the door of SB426 at the beginning of each quarter and are also available below and by calling the Psychology staff at 537-5570.

Department Advising Coordinator (Dr. Janelle Gilbert) – The department advisor can assist you with questions that go beyond the services of the PAC including complex questions about unit transfers, questions about course substitutions, and questions about finding the right area of interest for you within psychology.

  • Dr. Janelle Gilbert
  • Email: janelle@csusb.edu
  • Phone: (909) 537-5587
  • Office: SB-539

Faculty (other than the Department Advising Coordinator) - Faculty in the department play a very specific role in the advising process. Their role is to answer questions about particular content areas or fields of psychology and human development. They can also talk with you about graduate school and how best to prepare for it, as well as professional careers in psychology, human development, and related fields. It is our goal to match you with a faculty member who works in an area related to your interests, and who can answer these kinds of questions for you.

Psychology Department Chair – (Dr. Robert Ricco) - – The department chair can assist you with questions that go beyond the services of the PAC including complex questions about unit transfers, questions about course substitutions, and questions about finding the right area of interest within psychology or human development. The department chair can assist you with questions regarding schedule overloads, SAP appeals, and petitions. The chair is also equipped to answer questions about graduate school and professional careers related to your interests and he/she can help match you up with a faculty member who is knowledgeable in your area of interest. Dr. Ricco schedules his own appointments. To schedule a meeting, please email him at the address below. He will get back to you promptly.

  • Dr. Bob Ricco
  • Email: rricco@csusb.edu
  • Phone: (909) 537-5485
  • Office: SB-425

College Advisors – The College of Social and Behavioral Science has professional advisors that can assist you with advising forms related to the 4-year pledge, campus groups and employer advising forms, financial aid advising, and academic probation forms. The current college advisors are Jessica Baker (jcbaker@csusb.edu) (FO 107) and Stephanie Loera (sloeara@csusb.edu) (FO 106). Appointments can also be made by sending your request to: sbsas@csusb.edu The university also offers advising through student services, career advising, and peer mentoring through undergraduate studies. You are encouraged to use all of the services at the university and department levels.

PAC Hours of Operation

Fall Quarter 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Closed 9:00am-12:00pm; 2:00pm-4:00pm 12:00pm-5:30pm 9:00am-4:00pm 11:30am-3:30pm

Students interested in serving as a Peer Advisor, should complete the PAC Application and submit it to Dr. Gilbert’s mailbox in the Psychology Department (SB-425).