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California State University Fullerton
Department of Child and Adolescent Studies

Rachel Fenning, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: EC572
Telephone:  (657) 278-7802
Email: rfenning@fullerton.edu


Courses Taught
CAS 310: Assessing and Observing Development
CAS 325A: Conception through Age 8

Dr. Fenning received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UCLA. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Miami, Mailman Center for Child Development. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal State Fullerton in 2011, Dr. Fenning was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with joint appointments at the Waisman Center and in the Department of Pediatrics. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of children with developmental risk.

Research Areas
Dr. Fenning’s research primarily focuses on child and family contributions to social-emotional development in children vulnerable due to developmental delays or environmental risk. Dr. Fenning is particularly interested in contextual influences on children’s emerging social cognition, and the way in which children’s independent skills related to emotion knowledge, regulation, and social cognition influence social behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Fenning’s research also examines patterns of parent-child interaction that predict resilience in children at risk.


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