Michelle Ramos, Ph.D.

Michelle C. Ramos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: EC548
Telephone:  (657) 278-1083
Email:   mcramos@fullerton.edu

Curriculum VitaePDF File Opens in new window


Courses Taught

CAS 310 – Assessing and Observing Development
CAS 325B – Age 9 through Adolescence
CAS 345 – Child and Adolescent Development in Diverse Family Contexts



Dr. Ramos received her B.S. in psychology and preprofessional science from the University of Notre Dame, her M.A. in psychology from CSUF, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her clinical internship at the UC San Diego School of Medicine/VA Medical Center - Children's Hospital. Dr. Ramos completed her postdoctoral training at the USC Family Studies Project and continued as a research scientist prior to joining the CAS faculty. Dr. Ramos is an associate director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study (FLS), a 38-year longitudinal examination of child development.


Research Areas

Dr. Ramos’ research primarily focuses on child and adolescent development within the family context, with an emphasis on youths’ vulnerability versus resilience to family stress, conflict and violence. She is particularly interested in the intergenerational transmission of aggression, focusing on youths’ romantic relationships, conflict interactions via electronic/social media, and health outcomes. She employs several methodologies, including daily assessments via mobile technology and direct observations of child and family interactions, to understand family processes. Dr. Ramos further investigates the impact of positive family relationships on child functioning through the FLS. She currently examines how positive family relationships during childhood and adolescence relate to youths’ health symptoms in adulthood. Dr. Ramos also is interested in how youth develop attitudes about justice, focusing on the influences of teen court participation, empathy, and adverse childhood experiences, on the formation of restorative and punitive perspectives.