Faculty Research & Scholarship

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

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Faculty Spotlight

Gary Germo

Gary Germo, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Human Services


Research Interests:

Dr. Germo is an applied developmental psychologist. His research focuses on factors that promote the development of youth in foster care.

Current Projects:

Dr. Germo’s current focus is on the role of formal mentoring of youth in foster care.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:


Chang, E.S., & Germo, G.R. (2021). Generativity and shared agency with foster youth for education. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72, 101127.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101217

Lemus, D., Farruggia, S.P., Germo, G.R., & Chang, E.S. (2017). The plans, goals, and concerns of pre-emancipated youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 48-55. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.003.


Germo, G.R., Shane, J., & Chang, E.S. (2020, March). The four subtypes of the court appointed special advocates. Paper symposium: Promoting Optimal Context for Foster Care Youth. Biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. 


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  • On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, HHD will host the inaugural HHD Student Research Showecase held virtually via Zoom from 2-5 PM.  Student abstracts are due by Friday, March 26, 2021.  For more information and to submit an abstract, Visit the Showcase WebpageOpens in new window .



  • On Tuesday, February 23rd at Noon, Dr. Austin Nation presented "The exploration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare, access, and experiences in Orange County."  This presentation and discussion were part of the HHD Critical Conversations Lunch & Learn Series on Health Equity and Justice.  View Nation Lunch & LearnOpens in new window
  • On November 16th, Dr. Tabashir Nobari presented "Shelter & Food in Precarious Times: A discussion of the health impact of homelessness on children and the pandemic’s effect on CSUF students" as part of the HHD Critical Conversations Lunch & Learn Series on Health Equity and Justice. View Nobari Lunch & LearnOpens in new window

RECENT faculty publications as of February 2021

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Daniela Rubin, Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Efficacy of metformin and fermentable fiber combination therapy in adolescents with severe obesity and insulin resistance: study protocol for a double-blind randomized controlled trial.”  Published online February 17, 2021 in Trialshttps://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05060-8Opens in new window

Pablo Costa, Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Effects of Plyometric Training with Agility Ladder on Physical Fitness in Youth Soccer Players.” Published online February 16, 2021 in the International Journal of Sports Medicinehttps://doi.org/10.1055/a-1308-3316Opens in new window

Anthony DiStefano, Professor of Public Health, co-authored a research paper “Initial Efficacy of a Community-Derived Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Latinx Parents and their Children.”  Published February 11, 2021 in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-021-01154-2Opens in new window

Phillip Gedalanga, Assistant Professor of Public Health, co-authored a manuscript “Insights into enhanced biodegradation of sulfadimethoxine by catalyst: Transcriptomic responses and free radical interactions.”  Published online February 5, 2021 in Science of Total Environmenthttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145641Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored an article “Short-Term Blood Flow Restriction Increases Power Output and Bar Velocity During the Bench Press.”  Published February 4, 2021 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1519/jsc.0000000000003649Opens in new window

Tricia Kasamatsu, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a research article “Documentation Practices of Athletic Trainers Employed in the Clinic, Physician Practice, and Emerging Clinical Settings.”  Published February 4, 2021 in the Journal of Athletic Training.   https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-0149.20Opens in new window

Michele Mouttapa, Professor of Public Health, co-authored an article “Awareness of and Support for HPV Vaccination Among Pacific Islander Women in Southern California.”  Published February 4, 2021 in the Journal of Cancer Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-021-01965-9Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored an article “The 20-m Multistage Fitness Test and 2.4-km Run.”  Published February 2, 2021 in Strength and Conditioning Journalhttps://journals.lww.com/nsca-scj/Abstract/9000/The_20_m_Multistage_Fitness_Test_and_2_4_km_Run_.99198.aspx#Opens in new window

Joyce Lin, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies, co-authored a manuscript “The relation between parent ratings and direct assessments of preschoolers’ numeracy skills.” Published February 2021 in Learning and Instruction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2020.101375Opens in new window

Cindy Greenberg, Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing, co-authored an article “When Pandemics Collide: The Impact of COVID-19 on Childhood Obesity.”  Published January 2021 in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2020.11.004Opens in new window


Although it is generally accepted that parental co-regulatory support works in concert with children’s biological arousal tendencies to promote the development of adaptive emotion regulation, the extent to which this socialization may directly affect the actual biological foundations of child emotional reactivity and regulation remains unknown. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience considerable challenge in the development of emotion regulatory competence and require increased co-regulatory support. We found that the children with ASD (aged 6-10 years) whose parents engaged in more supportive co-regulatory behavior (e.g., supportive reactions, scaffolding) were more apt to exhibit certain emotion-related biomarkers predictive of better social engagement and emotional functioning (e.g., higher electrodermal activity and baseline respiratory sinus arrythmia).


Jacquelyn Moffit, Sarah Paez, & Sydney Seel, Undergraduate Research Assistants
Jason Baker & Rachel Fenning
, Associate Professors of Child & Adolescent Studies
Sasha Zeedyk
, Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Studies
CSUF Center for Autism, Applied Developmental Core (HHD)Opens in new window

Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, January 18th, 2021Opens in new window

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