CSLA: Desdemona Cardoza - Last updated 6/13/01

College of Natural and Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Desdemona Cardoza

Professor of Psychology

Office: King Hall D150

Phone: (323) 343-2000

FAX: (323) 343-2011

Email: dcardoz@calstatela.edu


 | Teaching Interests

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Educational Background



Cardoza is the Dean of the College of
Natural and Social Sciences
, the largest of the six colleges at California
State University, Los Angeles.  Before her current tenure as Dean, she was
Vice President of Information Technology Services (formerly Information
Resources Management) where she managed the University's computing and data
services, and as Assistant Vice President for ITS and Director of Institutional
Research (formerly Analytical Studies) at Cal State L.A.  Dr. Cardoza has
served on numerous University-wide committees, including co-chair of the
University’s Strategic Planning Coordination Committee and the Baseline
Technology Committee.  She also
served as a partner of the CSU Cornerstones Task Force II, a member of the CSU
Ad Hoc Task Force on Baseline Information Technology Infrastructure, and an
advisory board member to the California Roundtable Advisory Board (Rand
Project).  Currently, she sits on
numerous College committees and the University-Student Union Board of Directors.
She is also a consultant to the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of
Women and their Young Women at Risk Program

Cardoza has presented papers at the American Psychological Association,
California National Organization of Women State Conference and the California
Chicano/Latino Intersegmental Convocation. 
She was also an Invited Presenter for the Public/Legislative Hearing: A
review of Higher Education at the Chicano/Latino Intersegmental Convocation, and
was an invited presenter for the Public/Legislative hearing on Discrimination
Against Latinos in Higher Education.  Her publications include "Academic Achievement in
Mexican American High School Students: A Comparison of Three Generations"
(American Educational Research Journal) and "College Attendance and
Persistence among Hispanic women: An Examination of some Contributing
Factors" (Sex Roles: A Journal of Research).

Cardoza has served as an Evaluation Panel Member for the Ford Foundation
Predoctoral Fellowship Program; as an Evaluator for the Western Association for
Schools and Colleges (WASC); and as a Consultant to The Tomas Rivera Center, a
National Institute for Policy Studies.

is a member of the American Association for Higher Education; the American
Association for University Women, the American Educational Research Association,
and the American Psychological Association.


Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Community Psychology,
Testing and Measurement, Educational Psychology, Child Development, Cross
Cultural Psychology, Research Design and Methodology, Statistics (all levels,
including multivariate analyses).

Research Interests

and educational issues dealing with women, specifically Latina women,
biracial/biethnic identity development. 





Family or Friends: 
Who plays a greater supportive role for Latino College Students. 
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,
9, 236–250.


in attitudes towards immigrants measured among Latino and Asian students. 
In M. Lopez-Garza & D. R. Diaz (Eds.), Asian
and Latino immigrants in a restructuring economy: 
The metamorphosis of Los Angeles. 
Palo Alto:  Stanford
University Press.


College Student adjustment:  Does
an increased presence offset minority-status and acculturative stresses? 
Journal of Applied Social
, 30, 1523 – 33.


American ethnic labeling: An intrafamilial and intergenerational analysis.
In M.E. Bernal & G.P. Knight (Eds.) Ethnic identity: Formation and
transmission among Hispanics and other minorities, Albany New York: State
University of New York Press.


there a true meaning of diversity? Some comments on diversity discussions
with those in the know. California Sociologist.


attendance and persistence among Hispanic Women: An examination of some
contributing factors. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 24, 133-147.


Achievement in Mexican American high school students: A Comparison of
three generations. American Educational Research Journal, 25, 177-192


relationship of Spanish language background to academic achievement. In
J. R. Garcia, J. C. Rodriguez & C. Lomas (Eds.), In Times of
Challenge: Chicanas & Chicanos in American Society. Houston, Texas:
University of Houston Press.


Educational Background

Ph.D., Social/Personality Psychology,1982
University of California Riverside
Riverside, California
M.A., Social/Personality Psychology,1979
University of California Riverside
Riverside, California
B.A., Psychology,1975
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Prepared bymroffe@calstatela.edu

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