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Andy Galpin, PhD, MS - Kinesiology

Andy Galpin


Co-Director, Center for Sport PerformanceOpens in new window

Research Interests:

Dr. Galpin performs innovative and impactful human performance research by studying the acute responses and chronic adaptations of skeletal muscle (from the whole muscle down to the single cell, molecule, & gene) to high intensity, power, or force exercise.

Current Projects:

- Influence of time-restricted eating on muscle hypertrophy, performance, single fiber function, and the anabolic molecular environment during eight weeks of resistance exercise in trained men and women.

- The use of a timed exhale CO2 tolerance test as an index of state anxiety.

- Nutrition, training, and sleep practices of combat sports athletes across the globe.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

Bagheri R, Moghadam BH, Ashtary-Larky D, Forbes SC, Candow DF, Galpin AJ, Eskandari M, Kreider RB, Wong A. Whole Egg vs. Egg White Ingestion During 12 Weeks of Resistance Training in Trained Young Males. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Feb 1;35(2):411-419, 2021

Tobias IS & Galpin AJ. Moving Human Muscle Physiology Research Forward: An Evaluation of Fiber Type-Specific Protein Research Methodologies. American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology Nov 1;319(5):C858-C876, 2020.

Bagley JR, Burghardt KJ, McManus R, Howlett B, Costa PB, Coburn JW, Arevalo JA, Malek MH, Galpin AJ. Epigenetic Responses to Acute Resistance Exercise In Trained vs. Sedentary Men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Jun;34(6):1574-1580, 2020.

Peos J, Norton L, Helms E, Galpin AJ, Fournier P. Intermittent Dieting: Theoretical Considerations for the Athlete. Sports. Jan;7(1);22, 2019.

Michelle Martin, PhD, MSW - Social Work

Michelle Martin

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

Dr. Martin’s research interests are broad, focusing primarily on global human rights with a particular focus on displaced populations (diaspora, migrant and indigenous populations), including how social media is used to express identity, create community and advocate for social justice and peace processes. Her secondary area of interest focuses on the lives of middle-aged women and the creation of community online and in real life, using a feminist framework.

Current Projects:

- Surveying El Salvadorian and Rwandan Diasporas Use of Social Media: Bringing “Imagined Homeland” Online.

- Investigating How Women in the Rwandan and El Salvadorian Diaspora Create Community Online.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

Martin M. (2021). The politicization of cross-border migration: The case of central Americans seeking political asylum in the United States. In P. Gabriel Silva, O. Sacramento & E. Challinor (eds), Quest for Refuge: Reception responses from the Global North. Portugal: Humus Publishing.

Leticia Villarreal Sosa, Michelle Martin. (2021). Constructions of Race and Equity in a Suburban School: Teachers, School Social Workers, and Other School Staff as Nepantleras and Border Crossers, Children & Schools, in new window

Martin, M. (2020). Rwandan diaspora online: Social connections and identity narratives. Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 10, 2, 223-241.

Martin, M. (2019). What keeps diaspora from contributing to peace processes? Exploring diaspora online narratives of homeland conflict, Diaspora Studies, 12, 2, 111-133.

Rachel McClanahan, DNP, RN, NCSN - School of Nursing

Rachel McClanahan


Associate Professor

Lead, School Nurse Credential Program, and School Nurse Track; Director, Southern California CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice ProgramOpens in new window

Research Interests:

Dr. McClanahan’s scholarly work is focused on better understanding the varied and complex role of the school nurse and developing evidence-based processes and tools to improve practice and student health and academic outcomes. A significant focus of her work in her current position is mentoring of graduate and DNP students to develop their scholarly work for application toward outside-of-class accomplishments, such as presentations and publications.

Current Projects:

  • Working as part of a workgroup of national experts developing a CDC grant-funded school nurse-led case management manual to guide school nurses and school nurse leaders in implementing a school nurse-led case management program. A final draft will be submitted to the CDC in February.

  • Together with the CSUF School of Nursing Director, Prelicensure Coordinator, and a faculty member from UCI looking at GRIT among students in nursing programs. Her particular focus is on school nurses and the Credential and MSN programs.

  • Working with colleagues from DNP consortium schools, CSUF, CSULA, CSULB, and Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia to replicate a 2020 Johns Hopkins University study examining DNP project characteristics and outcomes and make recommendations for the future direction of projects.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Bobo, N., Katz, N. B., & McClanahan, R. (2020). Managing chronic health conditions in schools: Model school wellness policy supplement. National Association of School Nurses, Policy Supplement. in new window
  2. McClanahan, R., & Weismuller, P. W. (2019). Use of licensed vocational nurses in California schools: A descriptive study. Journal of School Nursing, in new window
  3. Arimas-Macalino, C., & Weismuller, P. W., McClanahan, R. (2019). Addressing illness-related chronic absences. NASN School Nurse, 34(6), 357-362. in new window
  4. Altounji D, McClanahan R, O'Brien R, Murray P. (2020). Decreasing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections Acquired in the Home Setting Among Pediatric Oncology Patients. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 37(3):204-211. in new window

Pimbucha Rusmevichientong, PhD - Public Health

Pimbucha Rusmevichientong

Assistant Professor

Co-Director, Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention


Research Interests:

Dr. Rusmevichientong’s research interests primarily lie in microeconomics, experimental, and behavioral economics related to consumer behaviors and the food demand system. Her research studies apply economics concepts to understand the impact of food labeling, food advertisement, public and trade policy on consumers’ decision-making and health outcomes.

Current Projects:

1. The impact of trade liberalization on tobacco consumption and health outcomes

2. Calories burned off vs. calories taken in: The effect of different snack labeling in changing consumer purchase intention. Sponsor: CSUF Junior Intramural Grant.

3. Implementing discrete choice experiment design on understanding parents’ snack choices for their children. Sponsor: CSUF Junior Intramural Grant and RSCA award.

4. Impact of over-crowding on social distancing behaviors in Orange County, LA during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health LA Basin Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (MHRT).

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Rusmevichientong, P., Jaynes, J., & Kazemi, S. (2020). Which Factors and Nutritional Ingredients Influence College Students’ Snack Choices? An Evidence from Discrete Choice Experiments. Journal of American College Health, 68(2), 192-199. in new window
  2. McEligot, AJ., Caujungco, M.P., Behseta, S., Chandler, L., Chauhan, H., Mitra, S., Rusmevichientong, P., Charles, S. (2018). Big Data Science Training Program at a Minority Serving Institution: Processes and Initial Outcomes. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 16(1), 1-5. File Opens in new window
  3. Rusmevichientong, P., Mitra, S., McEligot, A.J., *Navajas, E. (2018). The Association between Types of Soda Consumption and Overall Diet Quality: Evidence from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 16(1), 24-35. in new window
  4. Rusmevichientong, P., Albornoz, R.*, Chen, S.*, Lin, J.*, Kudilok, K., Suchato, R. (2018). RiverPro’s Environmentally-Friendly Paper: Growing Through Sustainability. In R.D. Christy, J.C. Bernardo, A. Hampel-Milagrosa (Eds.), Asian Agribusiness Management: Case Studies in Growth, Marketing, and Upgrading Strategies (pp.133-150). World Scientific Publishing. in new window
  5. Streletskaya, N.A., Amatyakul, W., Rusmevichientong, P., Kaiser, H.M., & Liaukonyte, J. (2016). Menu-Labeling Formats and Their Impact on Dietary Quality. Agribusiness: an International Journal, 32(2), 175-188. in new window

Melanie Horn Mallers, PhD - Human Services

Melanie Horn Mallers


Director, Center for Community CollaborationOpens in new window


Research Interests:

Dr. Mallers is a life-span developmental researcher focusing on stress, health, and coping with particular emphasis on family systems theory and biopsychosocial models of human development. Her current focus is on both parent-child stress experiences and stress across adulthood.

Curent Projects:

1. Co-Leading the Resilient Families Program (RFP): an 8 week intervention program for vulnerable families with young children to increase parent-child relationship quality, decrease stress, increase mindfulness, and improve children’s’ executive functioning

2. Analyzing data collected from mothers and their middle school aged children regarding stress spillover processes

3. Pursuing Mindfulness-Based Professional Training (MBSR) certification

Recent Awarded Grants:

Bono, K. & Horn Mallers, M. (2017; 2018; 2019). Fullerton Resilient Families Project; Board of State and Community Corrections: Corrections Planning and Grants Program Division (via North Orange County Public Safety Task Force); Total award to date:  $342,625 for funding period spanning 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2021.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

* denotes student co-author

Bono, K., Horn Mallers, M., Shih, E.Y.H.*, Enriquez, J.*, & Lu, V. * (April, 2019). Resilient families program: Changes in parental well-being and parent-child relationship. Paper session presented at the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.

Enriquez, J.*, Horn Mallers, M., & Bono, K. (April, 2019). The beauty of resilience: Implementation of the Resilient Families Program. Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.

Shih, E.Y.H.*, Bono, K., Lu, V.*, Horn Mallers, M., Enriquez, J.*, Yiu, T.K.*, & Zada, J*. (April, 2019). Resilient Families Program. Changes in children’s social, behavioral, and executive function outcomes. Poster session presented at the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.


Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD - Counseling

Matt Englar-Carlson



Director, Center for Boys and MenOpens in new window


Research Interests:

Dr. Englar-Carlson’s scholarly interests are broad and continue to evolve over time. His main scholarly work focuses on using a strength-based/pro-social model to understand how masculinities within the context of intersectionalities influences well-being, interpersonal relationships, and self-identity across the lifespan. He has a secondary interest in investigating preventative structures amongst professional male athletes that support clean sporting behavior.

Curent Projects:

Dr. Englar-Carlson is the series editor of the American Psychological Association’s Theories of Psychotherapy series. There are 23-volumes (11 volumes now in 2nd ed.) in the series, and he is working on editing four new books (EMDR, Positive Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy).

One of the emerging areas of inquiry coming out of his work in positive masculinities is a growing interest in re-imaging healthy boyhood. He is working with domestic and international colleagues on developing a model to operationalize positive masculinities through an ecological lens to engage boys and young men.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

2019 Outstanding University Professor, California State University, Fullerton

American Psychological Association, Boys and Men Guidelines Group. (2018). APA guidelines for psychological practice with boys and men. Retrieved from File Opens in new window

Englar-Carlson, M. (2019). The clean corrective: Can thinking about clean cyclists enhance anti-doping? In B. Fincouer, J. Gleaves, & F. Ohl (Eds.), Doping in cycling: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 203-219). London, U.K.: Routledge Press.

Carlson, J. D., & Englar-Carlson, M. (2017). Adlerian psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Rosario Rose Sakamoto, DrPH, MSN, NP-BC - School of Nursing

Rose Sakamoto

Assistant Professor

Coordinator of the Robust Aging Program

Research Interests:

Dr. Sakamoto’s scholarly interests are 1) Preventive care against chronic illnesses, and 2) healthy aging through lifestyle management. Specifically, she is interested in nutritional epidemiology: Vitamin D Deficiency, Aging/Gerontology, and Public Health/Health Disparities.

Curent Projects:

1) Qualitative study of the influence of the Robust Aging Program on nursing students' professional development towards careers in aging.

2) Evaluation research of the Healthy Changes Program in collaboration with the Cambodia Family Center, Santa Ana, CA.

Recent Publications:

Sakamoto, R. (2019). Sunlight in vitamin D deficiency: Clinical implications. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 15 (4), 282-285. Featured article for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. in new window
Sakamoto, R., Cherry, B., & Vaughn, S. (2019). The effect of Vitamin D supplementation on
cognition in a robustly aging population: Double-blind, randomized pilot study. Care Weekly, ISSN 2606- 4197. vol 3, 1-6. Read Vitamin D ArticleOpens in new window
Sakamoto, R., Thorpe, D., Knutsen, R., Knutsen, S. & Beeson, L. (2017).  Ethnic variations in
Serum 25(OH)D levels and BUA measurements in Blacks and Whites.  Journal of
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. in new window

 Nathalie Carrick, PhD - Child & Adolescent Studies

Nathalie Carrick

 Associate Professor

 Research Interests:

Dr. Carrick examines young children’s imagination, with attention to their ability to distinguish between real and imaginary information, and the factors that impact their understanding (e.g., emotions, parents).

Curent Projects:

Dr. Carrick recently examined the role parents play in shaping children’s understanding of imaginary information. Specifically, she analyzed what parents and children talk about when reading fictional stories, and how parents and children tell their own stories.

Recent Publications:

Carrick, N., & Richmond, R. (2019). What storytelling tells us about fantasy: Parent-child
stories about emotionally-charged real and fantastic events. Early Child Development and Care. in new window

Carrick, N., Sawaya, S., & Palisoc, J. (2018). Witches, fire, and fairies: Parent-child
conversations during fantastic and real emotionally charged stories. Infant and Child Development. in new window

Pablo Costa, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT - Kinesiology

Pablo Costa


Research Interests:

Dr. Costa’s primary research interests involve the non-invasive assessment of neuromuscular function and the physiological effects of exercise on health, fitness, and performance. Areas of research he has been involved with include resistance training, sports nutrition, body composition, injury risk, flexibility, and balance.

Curent Projects:

Investigating the effects of a nutritional supplement on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. In addition, examining the effects of short-term resistance training on strength, muscle mass, body composition, muscle activation, and contra-lateral performance. Recently, his graduate students have compared differences in muscle activation among different exercises and well as investigated the effects of foam rolling.

Recent Contract:

Costa PB. Effects of ActiGin on Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Soreness. NuLiv Science USA Inc., Brea, CA. $94,599 approved.

Recent Publications:

Kalén A, Pérez-Ferreirósa A, Costa PB, Rey E. Effects of age on physical and technical performance in the National Basketball Association (NBA) players. Research in Sports Medicine. (In Press)

Herda AA, McKay BD, Herda TJ, Costa PB, Stout JR, Cramer JT. Effects of self-selected resistance exercise with self-paced walking plus whey protein on body composition, muscle strength, and mobility in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. (In Press)

Silva GC, Simão R, Conceição RR, Costa PB, Miranda H, Conceição RR, Almeida RL, Sato MA. Does the combination of resistance training and stretching increase cardiac overload. Clinics. 74:1-8, 2019.

Juye Ji, PhD - Social Work

Juye Ji

Associate Professor

Research Interests:
Dr. Ji is a developmentally-oriented quantitative researcher with a particular interest in longitudinal design and analysis. Her research focuses on long-term physical and mental health outcomes of maltreated and traumatized children across the lifespan. Dr. Ji’s research is guided by a biopsychosocial model of child development and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Curent Projects:
Dr. Ji’s most current research investigates the relations among childhood maltreatment experience, epigenetic factors (i.e., DNA methylation, epigenetic aging) and mental health outcomes across adolescence. This NIH-funded project is in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, USC Keck School of Medicine and School of Social Work.

Recent Grant:
NICHD R01HD098161-01A1: Linking DNA methylation with child maltreatment and mental health across adolescence. Award Period 3/1/2020-2/28/2025. Role: Ji, Co-Investigator

Recent Publications:
Ji, J., Negriff, S., Kim, H., & Susman, E. J. (2016) Cortisol reactivity and recovery among young adolescents: Heterogeneity and longitudinal stability and change. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 283-302. doi: 10.1002/dev.21369. PMID: 26517401.
Schneiderman, J., Ji, J., Susman, E. J., & Negriff, S. (2018). Longitudinal relationship between mental health symptoms and sleep disturbances and duration in maltreated and comparison adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 74-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.01.011
Eum, S., Ji, J., & Mearns, J. (2019). The Effects of Acculturative Stress, Intergenerational Conflict, and Negative Mood Regulation Expectancies on the Mental Health of Korean Immigrants. Asian Journal of Family Therapy, 3, 1-27.

Recent Presentations:
Ji, J., Hackman, D., Lee, D., Mennen, F., & Negriff, S. (2020). The Effects of Childhood Maltreatment Type on Mental Health Trajectories Across Adolescence. Paper Symposium was accepted at the 2020 Biennial Meeting of Society for Research on Adolescence, San Diego, CA March 2020.

Shana A. Charles, MPP, PhD - Public Health

 Dr Charles

Assistant Professor

Interest Area:
Dr. Charles’ primary research focus is public policies related to health insurance, access to care, discontinuous coverage and underinsurance, including national and state political issues around health care reform. She specializes in secondary data analysis and macroeconomic modeling to evaluate policy impacts.

Current Projects:
Dr. Charles directs the State of Health Insurance in California (SHIC) project, which produces a biennial report from the most recent California Health Interview Survey. She also annually provides health insurance benefit mandate analyses to the California legislature as a Cost Lead for the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP). Dr. Charles is also currently developing the California State University System Health Insurance (CSUSHI) survey, to assess the health insurance status and access to care needs of the CSU student population.

Recent Publications:
California Health Benefits Review Program (2020). Analysis of Senate Bill 854: Health Care Coverage, Substance Use Disorders, A Report to the 2019-2020 California Legislature. Oakland: California Health Benefits Review Program, March 2020. SA Charles authored the cost impact analysis section.

Charles SA, Becker T, Perry IE, Jacobs K, Pourat N, Ditter M, Mekhaiel M, and Kominski G (2019). The State of Health Insurance in California: Findings from the 2015-2016 California Health Interview Survey. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Charles SA (2019). Public Health Insurance Programs in the United States. In: S. Waldstein et al (eds), Behavioral and Social Science in Medicine: Principles and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care. Springer Scientific Publishers: San Francisco, CA. ISBN: 978-1-4614-1730-9.

Charles SA, McEligot AJ. (2018). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care during the Early Years of Affordable Care Act Implementation in California. California Journal of Health Promotion, 2018; 16(1): 36-45.

Derek Pamukoff, PhD - Kinesiology

Derek Pamukoff
Associate Professor

Interest Area:
Dr. Pamukoff’s research program examines neuromuscular and biomechanical impairments in those with obesity and following major knee joint injury.  A major emphasis is placed on identifying modifiable characteristics of walking patterns and muscle function that contribute to early onset knee osteoarthritis.

Current Projects:
Evaluating cartilage strain using ultrasound imaging after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (Sponsor: California Program for Research and Education in Biotechnology); Novel analysis of walking patterns in adults with obesity (Sponsor: CSUF Junior Intramural Grant)

 Recent Publications:
* indicates undergraduate trainee, Ŧ indicates graduate trainee

Garcia SA Ŧ, Montgomery MM, Holmes SC Ŧ, Moffit TJ Ŧ, Vakula MN Ŧ, Pamukoff DN. Association between quadriceps echo intensity and self-reported disability in individuals with ACL reconstruction. Journal of Athletic Training. In press (Accepted 7/1/19).

Gonzales J Ŧ, Montgomery MM, Galpin AJ, Pamukoff DN. Comparison of lower limb muscle architecture and geometry in distance runners with rearfoot and forefoot strike pattern. Journal of Sport Sciences. 2019. Oct; 37(19): 2184-2190.

Vakula MN Ŧ, Fisher KL, Costa P, Garcia SA, Post BP, Holmes SC, Pamukoff DN. Quadriceps weakness is associated with knee kinetics during gait in adults with obesity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2019. May; 51(5): 951-961.

Choe K Ŧ, Costa PB, Coburn JW, Pamukoff DN. Knee and hip mechanics during the deadlift and back-squat. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In press. (9/4/18).

Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Choe KHŦ, Moffit TJ Ŧ, Garcia SAŦ, Vakula MN Ŧ. Bilateral alterations in running mechanics and quadriceps function after unilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2018; Dec; 48(12): 960-967.

Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Moffit TJ Ŧ, Garcia SA Ŧ, Holmes S Ŧ, Vakula MN Ŧ. Association between gait mechanics and femoral cartilage thickness in individuals with ACL reconstruction. Gait & Posture. 2018; Sept; 65: 221-227.

Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Choe KH, Moffit TJ, Vakula MN. The effect of whole body vibration on knee mechanics during running in individuals with ACL reconstruction. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2018; May; 99(5): 973-980.

Pamukoff DN, Montgomery MM, Moffit TJŦ, Vakula MNŦ. Quadriceps function and knee joint ultrasonography after ACL reconstruction. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2018; Feb; 50(20): 211-217.

R. Austin Nation, PhD - School of Nursing

Dr. Austin Nation

Assistant Professor

Interest Area:
Understanding substance use and HIV among young black men who have sex with men. This population accounts for approximately half of all new HIV infections in the United States.

Current Projects:
Explores the state of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health in Orange County.  This population is known to have significant health disparities and experience adverse situations when accessing medical service.

Recent Publications:

Raynor, P.,   Nation, A.   & Outlaw, F. (2019). Exploring substance use and mental health for minority transgender youth: Implications for Advanced Practice Nurses - accepted for publication in   Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (JAANP-18-0246R2) [Impact Factor 1.136]

Nation, A, & Dawson-Rose, C. (2019). Substance Use Experiences of HIV-positive and HIV-negative Black, non-Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) ages 18-34 in the Bay Area; a qualitative narrative perspective. [R&R IN PROGRESS]

Nation, A, Waters. C. & Dawson-Rose, C. (2018).  Experiences and perceptions of Black men who have sex with men about acquiring HIV: A qualitative narrative perspective.   Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,   29(5), Issue 5, 737–748. DOI: [Impact Factor 1.3]

Carrico, A.,   Nation, A., Gomez, M. Sundberg, J. Dilworth, S. Johnson, M. Moskowitz, J.  Dawson-Rose, C. (2014). Pilot Trial of an Expressive Writing Intervention with HIV-positive Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Archana McEligot, PhD - Public Health

Archana McEligot


Interest Area:
Dr. McEligot’s primary research interests include investigating dietary intakes, circulating dietary biomarkers, as well as epigenetic factors in relation to disease outcomes and health disparities/equity. Another focus involves training students in emerging areas, such as data science and research methodologies related to population health and disease outcomes, which may subsequently inform and/or promote health equity.

Current Projects:
Multi-site, 5-year, NIH-funded training program in partnership with USC on big data science focusing specifically on neuroimaging and brain health.

Recent Publications: 

McEligot AJ, Mitra S, Beam W. (2020). The association between fitness and obesity in diverse multi-ethnic college students.   J Am Coll Health.   29:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1665054.

McEligot AJ, Cuajungco MP, Behseta S, Chandler L, Chauhan H, Mitra S, Rusmevichientong P, Charles S. (2018) Big Data Science Training Program at a Minority Serving Institution: Processes and Initial Outcomes.   Calif J Health Promot., 16(1):1-5.

Michelle Ramos, PhD - Child & Adolescent Studies

michelle ramos

Assistant Professor

Interest Area:
Dr. Ramos’ primary research focus is on the intergenerational transmission of family aggression, with particular emphasis on youths’ romantic relationships, conflict interactions via electronic media, and health outcomes. A secondary line of work examines adolescent development of restorative and punitive justice attitudes, focusing on the influences of teen court participation, empathy, and adverse family experiences.

Current Projects:
Fullerton Longitudinal Study (FLS) investigation of how family relationships during childhood and adolescence relate to youths’ health symptoms in adulthood.

Recent Publications: 

Ramos, M.C., Miller, K.F., Moss, I. K., & Margolin, G. (2017). Perspective-taking and empathy mitigate family-of-origin risk for electronic aggression perpetration toward dating partners: A brief report. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Rasmussen, H.F., Ramos, M.C., Han, S.C., Pettit, C., & Margolin, G. (2018). How discrimination and perspective taking influence adolescents’ attitudes about justice. Journal of Adolescence,62, 70-81.

Bennett, D.C. & Ramos, M.C. (2019). Cyberbullying in romantic relationships: Developmental perspectives.  In G. Giumetti & R. Kowalski (Eds). Cyberbullying in Schools, Workplaces, and Romantic Relationships: The Many Lenses and Perspectives of Electronic Mistreatment. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Recent Presentations:

Ramos, M.C & Pizano, N.K. (2019, April). Childhood predictors of health in adulthood:  An investigation of individual & family factors. In K.S.J. Preston (Chair), Early predictors of development in middle adulthood: The Fullerton Longitudinal Study. Invited symposium presented at the annual meeting of Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA. 

Ramos, M.C. (2019, March). A 30-year longitudinal study of childhood family conflict, positive family relationships, and health in adulthood. In R. Arbel (Chair), Childhood adversity and youth outcomes: Identifying intergenerational and longitudinal pathways of risk and resilience. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Adrian A. Rodriguez, PhD - Human Services

Adrian Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Interest Area:
As a social justice-focused researcher, Dr. Rodriguez uses his Human Services Students of Color Research Lab to investigate the needs of underrepresented communities and to provide undergraduate students with hands-on research opportunities.  He primarily investigates for college students of color how issues related to mental health, early maladaptive schemas and attachment style impact relationship satisfaction and persistence through graduation.  He also examines best practices for facilitating a research lab for primarily first-generation college students at a practitioner-focused university.

Current Projects:
A quantitative exploration of the relationship between college students’ perceived stress and determination to apply to graduate school, with consideration of how self-criticism vs. self-acceptance and perceived support from campus and from family and close friends might influence the interaction between these variables.

Recent Publications:

Rodriguez, A. & Mallinckrodt, B. Native American-Identified students’ transition to college: A theoretical model of coping challenges and resources. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. September 11, 2018; doi: 10.1177/1521025118799747

Rodriguez, A.   (2018). Developing a peer mentor program for African  American first generation and low-income college students: A social justice service project. In S. Cockerham & B. Garris (Eds.), Proceedings of the National Organization for Human Services 2017 NOHS National Conference – Des Moines, IA (pp. 2-17). Portland, Oregon: National Organization for Human Services.

Rodriguez, A., Ratanasiripong, P., Hardaway, K., Barron, L., & Toyama, S. (in press). Latinx college students: How schemas and attachments impact depression and relationship satisfaction. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Recent Presentations:

Rodriguez, A.   & Moore, A. (2019, October).   Facilitating a productive undergraduate Human   Services research lab at a practitioner-focused university.   60-minute presentation at the 2019 NOHS Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Rodriguez, A., Ratanasiripong, P., Hardaway, K., Barron, L., & Toyama, S. (2019, August)   Latinx college students: How schemas and attachments impact depression and   relationship satisfaction. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Rebekah Smart, PhD - Counseling

rebekah smart


Interest Area:

Dr. Smart’s research focuses primarily on the intersection of gender and culture in mental health, including the impact of the #MeToo movement on therapists and psychotherapy, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among Asian American women, and aging in women across cultures.

Current Projects:

Two studies of how the #MeToo movement has impacted psychotherapists personally and professionally. Mentoring graduate students in feminist and multicultural research and qualitative methods.

Recent Works/Works in Progress:

Smart, R., Dilley, A., Ward, M. L., Chopra, S. B. (2020). Therapists and #MeToo: A qualitative survey of personal reactions and professional experiences. Submitted to Women & Therapy, Special Issue: Resistance and Recovery in the #MeToo Era.

Smart, R., Chopra, S. B., Lozano Ortiz, M., Girvan, C., White, K., Helquist, L., Bean, K., & Blake, M. (2019, March). Women, aging, and media: An exploration across cultures. Presented by student team, Association for Women in Psychology Conference (National), Newport, RI.

Ruth Mielke, PhD, CNM, FACNM, WHNP-BC - School of Nursing

Ruth Mielke

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Women's Health Care Concentration

Interest Area:
Dr. Mielke’s research foci are the 1) contributors and outcomes of pregnancy weight gain and 2) issues related to rural health. Specifically, as rural areas are in dire need for access to women’s health care/maternity services, she is interested in the means of engaging her nurse-midwife and women’s health care nurse practitioner students in direct patient care in rural areas in hopes that this will generate longer term interest in work in rural areas.

Current Projects:

HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce funded project (1.5M) “Rural Women of the Mountains Accessing New Services” in which her students have immersive clinical experiences in rural (Lake Arrowhead, CA) and underserved areas in LA, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.  Students receive traineeship funding for such clinical experiences. In addition, CSUF women’s health faculty have initiated new women’s health services in the rural health clinic at Mountains Community Hospital and Rural Health Clinics in Lake Arrowhead, CA.

Recent Publications:

Mielke, R.   & Prepas, R.   (2019). When disaster strikes in rural America - call the midwife!   Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing,   33 (3), 205-208.

Mielke, R. (2018). Pregnancy weight gain: In the short term and the long term. In A.P.  Mivšek (Ed.),   Contemporary Issues in Midwifery Care. ISBN 978-953-51-6732-7 in new window

Karen Kyeunghae Lee, PhD - Social Work

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Associate Professor

Interest Area:

Dr. Lee’s primary research focus is on integrated behavioral healthcare, mental health disparities, improving access and quality of care for people with serious mental illness through collaboration with community-based agencies, and mental health issues of Asians and Asian Americans.

Current Project:

“A Culturally Competent Model for Integrated Care”. California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Phase 2 Asian Pacific Islander Implementation Pilot project. (Co-Principal Investigator: Mikyong Kim-Goh). Korean Community Services/ California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity.

Recent Publications:

Yamada, A. M., Lee, K. K., Kim, M. A., Moine, M., & Oh, H. (2019). Beliefs about etiology and treatment of mental illness among Korean Presbyterian Pastors. Journal of religion and health58(3), 870-880.

Almeida, R. V., Werkmeister Rozas, L. M., Cross-Denny, B., Lee, K. K., & Yamada, A. M. (2019). Coloniality and intersectionality in social work education and practice. Journal of Progressive Human Services30(2), 148-164.

Joshua S. Yang, PhD, MPH - Public Health

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Associate Professor

Interest areas:

Dr. Yang has two distinct research interest areas. The first in tobacco control with an emphasis in policy compliance and dual use. The second utilized the concept of reflexive modernity to assess the impacts of modern institutions on health and the opportunities and challenges for structural changes to improve public health.

Current projects:

(1) A “digital” mixed methods evaluation campus tobacco-free policies.

(2) Impacts of international trade ideology and agreement on health.

Recent publications:

Baxi, S. M., Beall, R., Yang, J., & Mackey, T. K. (2019). A multidisciplinary review of the policy, intellectual property rights, and international trade environment for access and affordability to essential cancer medications. Globalization and Health, 15, 57. 

Yang, J. S. & Lee, E. M. (2018). A qualitative assessment of business perspectives and tactics of tobacco and vape shop retailers in three communities in Orange County, CA, 2015-2016. Archives of Public Health, 76, 57.

Yang, J. S., Mamudu, H. M., & John, R. (2018). Incorporating a structural approach to reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases. Globalization and Health, 14, 66.

Sean R. Hogan, PhD, MSW - Social Work

Sean Hogan

Associate Professor

Interest Areas:

Dr. Hogan is a social welfare policy and research professor in the Department of Social Work. Dr. Hogan’s research areas include welfare reform, social welfare policy analysis, and the effects of eliminating welfare benefits to low-income substance abusers.  He has research experience analyzing and evaluating longitudinal data related to federal welfare policy initiatives. Dr. Hogan has academic interests in the social construction of social welfare problems and policies, as well as the effects of social capital on marginalized and disadvantaged populations. He has published on the history and construction of substance abuse policy in the United States and its relationship to social inequality. Currently, Dr. Hogan’s research focuses on foster youth in higher education. Last year, he presented a paper from this area of his research at the biennial conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents in Porto, Portugal.

Current Project:

Dr. Hogan is the principal investigator on a longitudinal research project examining the relationship between social capital and social welfare outcomes for former and current foster youth in higher education.

Daniela A. Rubin, PhD - Kinesiology

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Director for the Dual x-ray absorptiometry Laboratory  (KHS-004C), Biochemical Analyses Laboratory (KHS-04B), Irvine Center Kinesiology Laboratory (IRVC-106) in new window

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Interest Area:

Pediatric Exercise Science, Endocrinology and Exercise Metabolism, Obesity, Prader-Willi syndrome, Physical Activity Promotion in Children and Adolescents, Body Composition, Nutrition in Female Athletes, Graduate Students Success.


Current Projects:

Determining bone changes and their relationship to inflammatory markers in response to a home-based physical activity intervention in youth. Identification of neuromuscular impairment and sensorial reception and integration deficits in adults with PWS. Changes in nutritional practices in female athletes.


Recent Publications:

Orsso, C.E.*, Tibaes, J.R.B., Rubin, D.A., Field, C.J., Heymsfield, S.B., Prado, C.M., Haqq, A.M. (2019) Metabolic implications of low muscle mass in the pediatric population: a critical review. Metabolism . 99:102-112. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2019.153949.

Rubin, D.A., Wilson, K.S., Castner, D.M., Dumont-Driscoll, M. (2019) Changes in health-related outcomes in youth with obesity in response to a home-based physical activity program. Journal of Adolescent Health. 65(3):323-330. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.11.014

 Rubin, D.A., Wilson, K.S., Dumont-Driscoll, M., Rose, D.J. (2019) Effectiveness of a Parent-led Physical Activity Intervention in Youth with Obesity. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 51(4):805-813. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001835

 Hyde, A.M.*, Chavoya, F.A.*, Silveira, F.V.*, Beam, W.C., Rubin, D.A. (2018) Metabolic responses to walking in children with Prader-Willi syndrome on growth hormone replacement therapy. Am J Med Genet A 176(11):2513-2516. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.40509.

Yuying Tsong, PhD - Human Services

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Associate Professor

Interest Area:

Dr. Tsong’s research and clinical areas of interests include mental health literacy, disordered eating/body image concerns, and Asian American mental health, particularly in the areas of immigration and adjustment, transnational family’s bi-cultural adaptation process, and help seeking attitudes and behaviors. She is particularly interested in how our identities, values, beliefs, and behaviors are shaped by the bio-socio-cultural-political factors and the applications of these to practice using a feminist and social justice framework. Dr. Tsong is the Past President of the Society for the Psychology of Women (American Psychological Association Division 35) and a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association. Dr. Tsong recently co-edited a special issue on Trauma and Psychology Well-being of Asian American Women for the journal of Women and Therapy

Current Projects:

Book Monograph: “From Invisible to Visible: Body Image for Asians from the intersectional lens of gender and the Asian Diasporas” (with Hsiu-Lan Cheng).
Research Lab Projects: Asian/Asian American coming out process and help-seeking; Asian American older adult’s depression literacy; intersectional analysis of the effects of sexual trauma.

Jason K. Baker, PhD - Child & Adolescent Studeies

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Associate Professor

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Interest Area:
Dr. Baker’s primary research focus is on how parents can promote the development of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with particular emphasis on parent-child interaction, the development of children’s emotion regulation abilities, and the prevention of challenging behavior.

Current Projects:
NIH-funded investigation of interactions between parenting and physiological arousal tendencies in children with (ASD).

Recent Publications:
Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., & Moffitt, J. (2019). A cross-sectional examination of the internalization of emotion co-regulatory support in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Online ahead of print. doi 10.1007/s10803-019-04091-0
Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M.,  Erath, S.A.,  Baucom, B.,  Messinger, D.S.,  Moffitt, J.M.,  Kaeppler, A., & Bailey, A. (2019). Respiratory sinus arrhythmia, parenting, and externalizing behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/1362361319848525

Matthew P. Llewllyn, PhD - Kinesiology

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Interest Area:

Matt specializes in the history of sport and culture in the modern world with particular emphasis on the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Specific research concentrates on the role of sport in the creation of modern societies, as well as the history of the modern Olympic Games.

Current Projects:
Book Monograph: “Playing with Apartheid: Britain, Sport, and the Politics of Race” (with Toby Rider). Edited Collection: “Sport and Apartheid”. For complete article see Playing with Apartheid