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Michael Ichiyama

Michael Ichiyama

Associate Professor and Department Chair
ichiyama@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4164

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.

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Rachel Blaser

Rachel Blaser

Associate Professor
rblaser@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7736

Office: Serra Hall 120

Office Hours: Dr. Blaser will be on leave for the Fall 2014 semester.

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.

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Veronica Galvan

Veronica Galvan

Associate Professor
vgalvan@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7739

Office: Serra Hall 118

Office Hours: Monday 12:15-1:15; Tuesday 1:20-3:15; Wednesday 1:40-3:15; Friday 12:10-12:40

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.

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Nadav Goldschmied

Nadav Goldschmied

Assistant Professor
ngoldschmied@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7681

Office: Serra Hall 164

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-2:30 Wednesday 8:30-12:15 Thursday 1:45-2:30

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.

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Anne Koenig

Anne Koenig

Associate Professor
akoenig@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4046

Office: Serra Hall 162

Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:15, Tuesday 10:45-12:15, Wednesday 10:00-12:15 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.

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Patricia Kowalski

Patricia Kowalski

Professor
kowalski@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4003

Office: Serra Hall 110

Office Hours: Wednesday 9:30-12:15, 2:00-4:15

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.

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Kristen McCabe

Kristen McCabe

Professor
kmccabe@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4001

Office: Serra Hall 154D

Office Hours: Dr. McCabe will be on sabbatical for the Fall 2014 semester.

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 scholarly work has been funded by the NIMH since 1998, and 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 Laboratory in Clinical Psychology.

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Adriana Molitor

Adriana Molitor

Associate Professor
amolitor@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4747

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.

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Daniel Moriarty

Daniel Moriarty

Professor
moriarty@sandiego.edu
619-260-4004

Office: Serra Hall 160

Office Hours: MWF 7:30-8:00, 9:00-10:00, 11:15-1:15, 2:30-3:00

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.

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Sandra Sgoutas-Emch

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, PhD

Professor, Psychological Sciences
Director, Center for Educational Excellence
emch@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4005

Office: Serra Hall 112

Office Hours: Dr. Sgoutas-Emch is not teaching the Fall 2014 semester.

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.

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Divya Sitaraman

Divya Sitaraman, PhD

Assistant Professor
dsitaraman@sandiego.edu
619-260-2937

Office: Serra Hall 105

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:00, 2:15-3:45

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.

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Annette Taylor

Annette Taylor

Professor
taylor@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4006

Office: Serra Hall 160

Office Hours: Dr. Taylor is on phased retirement during the Fall 2014 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.

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James Weyant

James Weyant

Professor
jweyant@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4007

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.

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Jennifer Zwolinski

Jennifer Zwolinski

Associate Professor
jzwolinski@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4218

Office: Serra Hall 154C

Office Hours: MWF 11:10-12:50

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.

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