Karlena Ochoa, Ph.D.
Office: EC -572
Telephone: (657) 278-5573
CAS 301 - Inquiry & Methodology in Department
CAS 325A - Development from Coception through Age 8
Dr. Ochoa earned her B.A. and M.A. in Developmental Psychology from California State University, San Marcos. She received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon where she examined the interplay between young children’s moral judgments and their social understanding. She completed her postdoctoral training in the School of Education at University of California, Irvine where she worked with a Latine community investigating how to support children’s learning with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in informal settings.
Dr. Ochoa’s research broadly focuses on understanding children’s social and cognitive development and how we can harness the power of play to facilitate children’s learning in both formal and informal contexts. She aims to understand how to best support children and families during preschool and early school years to set every child up for the best chance at a successful future.