Faculty Research & Scholarship

Welcome to the Faculty Research & Scholarship webpage, a celebration of faculty scholarly achievements in the College of Health and Human Development.

Please submit scholarly activity to hhd@fullerton.edu

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Ramos

Michelle Ramos, PhD
Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Studies

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517747605

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.11.005

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.

Trending Now:


  • On Monday, February 24th from 11:30-12:30 PM in EC-605, the Dean’s Office is hosting the next Research Lunch & Learn . This month, Dr. Yuying Tsong (Human Services) and Dr. Rebekah Smart (Counseling), will be presenting, “A discussion of over ten years of research collaboration and support.” Join us for this interesting presentation and lunch provided by the Dean’s Office. Please RSVP here

HHD Highlights

Grants and Contracts Received

  • Deanna Jung, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Kristina Fortes, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Jane Williams, Lecturer in Nursing, received a $124,060 grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Song-Brown Program. The project, “Integration of Standardized Patients in the BSN Undergraduate Program,” will provide funds to increase the recruitment of Standardized Patients to cover the adult lifespan, from young adult to older adult. Standardized Patients will participate in both summative and formative Objective Structured Clinical Exam simulation as part of classroom instruction. Expanding and integrating the School of Nursing Standardized Patients program will allow an increase in the number of student encounters with live patients throughout their undergraduate BSN programs and Simulation classes.
  • Melanie Horn Mallers, Professor of Human Services and Director of the Center for Community CollaborationOpens in new window , and Katherine Bono, Chair and Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies, received a $74,806 grant from the City of Stanton/North Orange County Public Safety Task Force for a third year of funding for the project titled, “Fullerton Resilient Families Program.” This program builds resilience in young families through improved parent-child attachment, executive function skills in children, and active coping with stress through mindfulness techniques. During the funding period, the program will be implemented at several local Head Start facilities and at a transitional living center for homeless families called HIS House.
  • Joshua Yang, Associate Professor of Public Health, received $15,000 for year-five funding from the American Lung Association of Orange County for a project titled, “Achieving Tobacco-Related Health Equity Among California’s Diverse Populations.” Dr. Yang serves as the evaluator on a project with two objectives: (1) for two Orange County cities to pass ordinances to ban outdoor smoking and use of electronic cigarettes in outdoor dining areas, and (2) for two Orange County cities to pass ordinances banning smoking in multi-unit housing complexes.
  • C. Jessie Jones, Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Director of the Center for Healthy NeighborhoodsOpens in new window , received a $52,000 grant from St. Jude Hospital so that Social Work interns can provide mental health counseling services to low-income students in the Fullerton School District.
  • Archana McEligot, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center for Cancer Disparities ResearchOpens in new window , received $194,307 for year-five funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, for “Big Data Discovery and Diversity Through Research Education Advancement and Partnership (BD3-REAP).” Opens in new window This multidisciplinary program trains underrepresented undergraduate students in Big Data science (BDs) exploration, computation, and synthesis that incorporates BDs didactic learning while providing BDs research experiences for students.
  • Mikyong Kim-Goh, Professor of Social Work, received a $1,487,818 grant from the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, for the “Title IV-E Stipend Program-MSW Project.” This federally-funded California Social Work Education Center (CalSWECOpens in new window ) stipend program provides two years of support to full-time MSW students enrolled in the child welfare concentration. Part-time students also are eligible for stipends that cover tuition, books, and travel.
  • Stephanie Vaughn, Professor, of Nursing, received $495,532 in year-three funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for “EMBRACE: Enrichment Markers of Better Relationships, Academics & Cultural Enhancement.” This program provides an evidence-based, systematic approach to incorporate and optimize effective academic approaches and support systems for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged undergraduate and advanced practice graduate students. The major purpose of the EMBRACE ProgramOpens in new window is to address social determinants that create student challenges.
  • Michael Boytim, Lecturer in Nursing, received a $27,645 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), for the “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships” program. These funds provide traineeship support to students in the Nurse Anesthesia program. This program aims to increase the number of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists nationally, who are well prepared to deliver evidence-based, high-quality anesthesia care.

Publications as of December 18, 2019

Yuying Tsong, Associate Professor of Human Services, co-authored a manuscript with CSUF graduate, Jessica Liu, titled “The long and winding road of being and becoming.”  Published online November 29, 2019 in   Women & Therapy   special issue, “Feminist Storytelling: Representing the Stories of Diverse Women in Psychology.”   https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2019.1684684

Robert Lockie, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Relationships Between Tests of Strength, Power, and Speed and the 75-Yard Pursuit Run.”  First published online November 27, 2019 in   Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.   https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000003398

Shana Charles, Assistant Professor of Public Health, co-authored a report titled, “The State of Health Insurance in California:  Findings from the 2015-16 California Health Interview Survey.”  Published online November 26, 2019 by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.http://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/publications/Documents/PDF/2019/shicreport-nov2019.pdfPDF File

Phillip Gedalanga, Assistant Professor of Public Health, co-authored a manuscript “Cometabolic biotransformation of 1,4-dioxane in mixtures with hexavalent chromium using attached and planktonic bacteria.”  Published online November 25, 2019 in   Science of the Total Environment.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135734

Jennifer Piazza, Associate Professor of Public Health, co-authored a manuscript “Going the distance: The diurnal range of cortisol and its association with cognitive and physiological functioning.”  Published online November 14, 2019 in   Psychoneuroendocrinology   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.104516

Austin Nation, Assistant Professor of Nursing, co-authored a manuscript “Exploring substance use and mental health for minority transgender youth: Implications for advanced practice nurses.” Published ahead of print on November 13, 2019 in the   Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners   https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000316

Natsuki Atagi, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies, co-authored a manuscript “Early Language Environments Predict Aspects of Explicit Language Awareness Development.”  First published online November 14, 2019 in   Language Learning.   https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12381

Jason Bennett, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and   Tricia Kasamatsu, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Access to athletic trainer services in California secondary schools.” Published online in the   Journal of Athletic Training   on November 12, 2019.   https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-268-19

Pablo Costa, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Acute effects of different static stretching exercises orders on cardiovascular and autonomic responses.”  Published October 31, 2019 in   Scientific Reports.   https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52055-2

Andrew Galpin, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Skeletal Muscle Fiber Type and Morphology in a Middle-Aged Elite Male Powerlifter Using Anabolic Steroids.” First published online October 18, 2019 in the   Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise.   https://doi.org/10.1007/s42978-019-00039-z

Robert Lockie, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Relationships Between Absolute and Relative Strength and Power in Male Police Officers of Varying Strength Levels.”  First published online October 10, 2019 in   Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise   https://doi.org/10.1007/s42978-019-00033-5

Tabashir Nobari, Assistant Professor of Public Health, co-authored a manuscript “Notes From the Field: Creating a Typology of Childhood Obesity Intervention Strategies.”  First published September 24, 2019 in   Evaluation & the Health Professions.   https://doi.org/10.1177/0163278719874424



Fast Facts: Although the bilingual population in the United States is growing, little is known about how this increased linguistic diversity may impact children’s understanding of what language is and how it helps us communicate. However, recent evidence suggests that exposure to multiple languages in not only the home but also the community may predict children’s ability to talk about language. Such findings point to just one of the many ways in which changing demographics may shape language and cognitive development.” Natsuki Atagi (Child and Adolescent Studies) in Language Learning (2019).

Please submit scholarly activity to hhd@fullerton.edu