Associate Professor and Department Chair
Office: Serra Hall 158
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-12:00, 2:00-3:00 Thursday 10:00-12:00
Michael Ichiyama, PhD, has been a member of the USD faculty since 1995. He offers undergraduate courses in the area of clinical psychology. His primary research interests focus on college alcohol abuse prevention, the study of parental influences on college student alcohol use, and social influences on the self-concept. Ichiyama is a licensed psychologist in California and active member of the National Register of Health Service Providers.
Office: Serra Hall 120
Office Hours: Monday 11:00 - 2:00pm; Thursday 12:15 - 1:15pm and 4:15 -5:15pm
Rachel Blaser, PhD, has academic interests in how humans and other animals learn. She has additional interests in photography, linguistics, and impressively color-coded data files.
Office: Serra Hall 118
Office Hours: Monday 12:15-1:45; Tuesday 1:20-3:20; Wednesday 2:00-3:20; Friday 12:10-12:40 - or by appointment
Veronica Galván, PhD, teaches a variety of courses that primarily focus on the brain and cognition. Her current research interests are human memory and some of the factors that may enhance or impair it, such as attention and stress. Galván actively works with undergraduates to conduct her research. She is also the faculty advisor for the Psychology Department’s Journal Club.
Office: Serra Hall 164
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-2:30 Wednesday 8:30-12:30 Thursday 2:00-2:30
Nadav Goldschmied, PhD, teaches a variety of courses that revolve around social psychology, such as introduction to Social Psychology, Social Psychology Research Methods Lab, the Psychology of Sports, and Psychology of the Law. He has an active research program, working with students on various research projects exploring how inequality and disadvantage shape social perceptions of competitors and groups in contention, as well as projects relating to sport psychology. He is also the faculty advisor for the Psychology Department’s Club.
Office: Serra Hall 122
Office Hours: Monday 12:00 – 2:00pm Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm Friday 12:00 – 1:30pm
Jena Hales, PhD, received her degree in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. She has conducted her postdoctoral research at UCSD using rats as a model system for investigating human memory impairment and, specifically, how different brain regions are involved in the formation and retrieval of memory. Her research involves various techniques for better understanding memory functions, including stereotaxic neurosurgery and histological analysis of brain tissue. Dr. Hales is currently teaching Cognitive Psychology at USD, and she has also taught advanced and introductory psychology courses, including Clinical Neuropsychology and Assessment and General Psychology: Cognitive Foundations, at UCSD. She is an active member of the Society of Neuroscience and is on the Fellows Committee for the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center.
Office: Serra Hall 162
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:15, Tuesday 10:45-12:00, Wednesday 9:30-12:00 or by appointment.
Anne Koenig, PhD, teaches courses such as Social Psychology, the Social Psychology Research Methods Lab, the Psychology of Gender, and Introductory Psychology. She also has an active research program, working with students on various research projects in the areas of gender issues, stereotyping, and prejudice. Koenig’s current research is focuses on issues relating to stereotype content, role congruity theory of prejudice, and the ideologies of sex differences.
Office: Serra Hall 110
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-5:00 pm
Patricia Kowalski, PhD, has been at USD since 1989. She teaches courses in Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She is an advisor to Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. Her research interests are in the area of educational psychology including student motivation to learn, student attitudes toward learning, and factors influencing student misconceptions in psychology and education. Research students regularly accompany Kowalski to the Western Psychological Association convention or the American Educational Research Association conference.
Office: Serra Hall 154D
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 7:30-9:10am, 1:05-1:55pm
Dr. McCabe received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Her NIMH-funded scholarly work has focused on improving treatment access, engagement, and outcomes for ethnic minority youth, particularly young Mexican Americans with behavior problems. Her teaching interests focus on topics related to general clinical and child clinical psychology, and she regularly teaches Behavior Disorders of Childhood, Psychological Assessment, and Methods of Evidence Based Psychotherapy.
Office: Serra Hall 126
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:15, 4:00-5:15
Dr. Adriana Molitor has been a member of the faculty since 2001. Her teaching interests include general psychology and research methods courses as well as specialty courses addressing childhood, adolescence, aging, and social-emotional aspects of development. The topics of her research include the dynamics of mother-child interactions, the impact of these interactions on emotional and social development, the problems encountered by at-risk groups, and the factors that optimize mother-child exchanges and emerging social skills.
Office: Serra Hall 160
Office Hours: MWF 7:30am - 8:00am, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dr. Dan Moriarty is Professor of Psychology and has been a member of USD’s Department of Psychology since 1973. His interests are in the area of comparative biological psychology, and he teaches courses in animal behavior and learning, research methods, statistics, evolutionary psychology, and behavioral genetics. As a director and animal behaviorist at the California Wolf Center, Dr. Moriarty is involved in research with, and management and breeding of, captive wolves, including the highly endangered Mexican Gray Wolf. His research has included studies of predator defense behavior, irrelevant drive effects, partial reinforcement and reward contrast effects, and conditioned taste aversion.
Professor, Psychological Sciences
Director, Center for Educational Excellence
Office: Serra Hall 112
Office Hours: By appointment only.
Sandra Sgoutas-Emch is a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the University of San Diego. She has been a professor at the university since 1992. During her tenure at USD, she has also been the director of the gender studies program. She teaches courses in health psychology and biopsychology. Dr. Sgoutas-Emch has research interests in the efficacy of alternative medicine, the impact of stress, and women’s health issues.
Dr. Sgoutas-Emch is also a CO_PI on the AFFIRM grant, a four year award funded through the NSF ADVANCE program has three primary goals. It will foster an environment that understands, embraces, and supports a diverse faculty, recruit women faculty (with a particular emphasis on women of color), and support the retention and advancement of female faculty.
Office: Serra Hall 105
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30 pm Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm
Divya Sitaraman, PhD, joined the faculty in Fall 2014. At USD, Divya is currently teaching an upper division Behavioral Neuroscience course and an Advanced Research Methods lab (writing intensive) course. As a neuroscientist with interdisciplinary training her research focuses on genetic, cellular and circuit basis of innate and learned behaviors. In pursuit of these goals she works with Drosophila an ideal model organism for these studies because of its genetic tractability, extensive behavioral repertoire, and nervous system of intermediate complexity.
Office: Serra Hall 160
Office Hours: Dr. Taylor is a Visiting Professor of Psychology, Ashoka University, Sonepat, Haryana, India during the Fall 2015 Semester.
Professor Taylor has been a member of the USD faculty since 1990. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology. Her research interests currently focus on teaching-related issues, including student engagement and conceptual change of misconceptions. She received her PhD in general experimental psychology in 1987 from the University of Southern California. Her specialty area was information processing cognitive psychology. She later completed a three-year postdoctoral training program at the Andrus Gerontology Center in Los Angeles, where she studied cognitive aging, specifically focusing on attention and memory.
Office: Serra Hall 154B
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:15-10:15 a.m.
James Weyant is a Professor of Psychology. His area of specialization is social psychology, focusing primarily on the application of social psychology to benevolent endeavors, such as charitable fund raising, and to helping reduce societal problems, such as prejudice and discrimination.
Office: Serra Hall 154C
Office Hours: MWF 11:15am-12:55pm
Jennifer Zwolinski has been a member of the faculty since 2001. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology. In the Psychological Sciences Department, Professor Zwolinski offers undergraduate courses in a variety of areas including Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology. Her research focus examines biopsychosocial factors associated with social/relational aggression and victimization, with an emphasis on ostracism.