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Stephanie Allen

Lecturer
ssoltero@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107B

Office Hours: Tuesday 6:15pm - 6:45pm Friday 9:30am - 10:30am

Dr. Stephanie Allen has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from San Diego State University; and a PhD in Molecular Pathology with a concentration in yeast genetics from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include studies on the underlying genetic mechanisms of human disease. The scope of her work has included identifying early tumor markers, development of cancer mouse models, and characterization of genetic pathways that play a role in cancer, and stem cell research. In her recent work with stem cells, one of her projects was to optimize conditions for generating neurons derived from stem cells to create neurological disease models in a dish. As an adjunct, she is also currently leveraging her scientific skills on the business side of science to dedicate herself to bringing cutting edge technologies out of the lab and into the market that will make an impact in the field of regenerative medicine.

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Ben Amsel

Lecturer
bamsel@sandiego.edu
4600

Office: SH 107A

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Dr. Ben Amsel obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He conducts post-doctoral research in an internationally-renowned cognitive electrophysiology laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, where he also has taught seminar-style and lecture-style undergraduate courses. He has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students along the way.

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Heather Bell

Lecturer
heatherbell@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107A

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dr. Heather Bell completed her PhD in Neuroscience -- Behavior & Evolution at the Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience (University of Lethbridge) in 2014. She is interested, broadly, in the underlying structure of animal interactions, and, to this extent, has studied social behavior in both vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition to teaching Stats and Animal Behavior at USD currently, she is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nieh Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, where she works on collective decision-making in honey bees.

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Brent Crandal

Lecturer
bcrandal@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: SH 107B

Office Hours: Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Brent Crandal, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and research investigator at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. As a clinician, he has offered evidence-based treatments for children, youth, and families in outpatient, inpatient, pediatric, military, and community mental health settings and supervises and trains therapists. He also co-authored Modular CBT for Children and Adolescents with Depression: A Clinician’s Guide to Individualized Treatment. As a research investigator he helped develop a new measurement approach to evaluate treatment outcomes in family therapy, has created strategies to promote family engagement in services, and more recently has been researching ways to screen and assess mental health needs for children and youth impacted by trauma. Through the California Screening, Assessment and Treatment Initiative, Dr. Crandal is also working with California state and county leadership to develop policies and practices that enhance well-being for children and youth in California’s Child Welfare and Behavioral Health systems.

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Andre Der-Avakian

Lecturer
aderavadian@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107B

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 3:00pm-3:45pm

Dr. Andre Der-Avakian is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His research interests include development of novel cross-species translational behavioral tests of reward and cognition in rodents. He is also interested in glutamatergic mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience to stress-induced anhedonia, or loss of pleasure, that characterizes several psychiatric disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and drug addiction. Dr. Der-Avakian received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD.

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Indrani Ganguly-Fitzgerald

Lecturer
gangulyfitzgerald@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107B

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 8:20pm - 9:05pm

Dr. Ganguly-Fitzgerald has a Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences from St. Xavier's College, Bombay University; and a Ph. D. in Genetics with a concentration in Behavior Biology from the W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

As an independent researcher at The Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, Dr. Ganguly-Fitzgerald studied the genetics of sleep and memory formation, and established a genetic model for the rapid identification of genes involved in socialization and sleep-dependent memory. She has an ongoing fascination with all things related to genes, behavior, and evolution.

Indrani grew up in Mumbai, India, is a valedictorian of Bombay University, and currently lives in San Diego, with her husband James, and their two young daughters, Sanjana Saoirse and Satyana Tullia.

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Dale Glaser

Lecturer
dglaser@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 114

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dr. Dale Glaser has accrued extensive experience in statistical analyses within the health care, organizational, educational, human resources, governmental and marketing research domains. He also has extensive experience with advanced quantitative methods and has published numerous articles in the statistical, evaluation, and health care domains.

He also holds the position of adjunct assistant professor of statistics at the School of Nursing at USD where he provides methodological and statistical consult for faculty on their research projects and proposals. Dr. Glaser was Past-President of theSan Diegochapter of the American Statistical Association.

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Amy Green

Lecturer
aegreen@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107B

Office Hours: Tuesday 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Thursday 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Dr. Amy Green received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida in 2009 and completed her pre-doctoral internship in public sector psychology. Her research focuses on risk and resilience among youth, mental health policy, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in public sector service settings for children and families. Dr. Green is currently an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and an investigator at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. She is also actively involved in the American Psychological Association and has served on the executive committee of APA’s Division 37, Child and Family Policy and Practice, since 2010.

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David McGrevy

Lecturer
dmcgrevy@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107A

Office Hours: Monday 9:00am-10:00 (to 11:30am by appointment)

A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from American International College with a BA in Psychology, then earned Master’s degrees in Experimental Psychology/operant conditioning (Kent State U) and Guidance and Counseling (St. Mary’s U, TX) before completing a Ph.D. (Kent State U) in Developmental Psychology (cognitive/information processing). While at the USAF Human Resources Laboratory, he developed selection tests for personnel placement into military jobs. His research interests have included implicit and explicit (long term) memory and more recently the role of a student’s personal epistemology in college level interests and performance. As an adjunct professor he also teaches at other area colleges.

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Isabella Mutschler

Lecturer
isabellamutschler@sandiego.edu
619 260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 107A

Office Hours: Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Isabella Mutschler, PhD, teaches Developmental Psychology at USD and is doing postdoctoral research at UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (USA). Currently, she is applying neuroimaging methods to investigate neural correlates of abnormal social-emotional processing in young children with autism. Her main research interests lay in the fields of Developmental and Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, with a strong translational focus on clinically relevant perspectives in basis science work. She studied Psychology and Neuroscience at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland), Tuebingen and Freiburg (Germany), and at Tufts University (USA).

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Stephen Pearlberg

Lecturer
stephenpearlberg@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 114

Office Hours: Monday 11:00-12:00 Tuesday 11:30-12:15 Friday 2:30-3:00

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Rebekah Wanic

Instructor
rwanic@sandiego.edu
619-260-4600

Office: Serra Hall 114

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 12:00pm- 1:15pm 2:30pm - 3:45pm

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Jarryd Willis

Lecturer
jarrydwillis@sandiego.edu
4600

Office: SH 107A

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr. Jarryd Willis is a college teacher and Social Psychologist. He completed his PhD with a 4.0 GPA in Experimental Psychology at UT-Arlington in 2015 where his primary focus was Political Psychology & completed his Masters degree in Psychology at UT-San Antonio in 2011 where his primary focus was Attachment & LGBT Relationships. He believes social science should be leveraged in ongoing attempts to redress social inequities & in efforts to promote/produce greater well-being in the lives of individuals, communities, & our global society.

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