Meet the Lab

Director

Dr. Mitchell Eisen
Mitchell Eisen, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Phone/Ext:
323-343-5006

Dr. Mitchell Eisen's CV

Dr. Eisen is Director of the Forensic Psychology Graduate Program here at Cal State L.A. Dr. Eisen is also the Research liason for the Partnership between CSULA and the Juvenile Court, and a member of the Coordinating Council for the California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI). In addition, Dr. Eisen serves on the panel of experts for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the area of eyewitness memory. His teaching interests include psychology and the law, human memory, assessment, and psychopathology.

Graduate Students

Marianne Lacsmana
Marianne Lacsamana
Graduate Research Assistant

Marianne Lacsamana's CV

MarianneLacsamana is a third-year graduate student hailing from San Fernando Valley, California. In 2015, she earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of San Francisco. She plans on applying to PhD programs in the near future and aims to work within law enforcement. Marianne’s interests include a multitude of criminal justice issues including police procedures/law enforcement, and the psychological effects it brings forth to those who encounter the criminal justice system. Her last project included research on how social support effects children’s memory performance during forensic interviews. Currently, her thesis project focuses on the social influence of post-identification feedback on eyewitness memory. 

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
Graduate Research Assistant

Jennifer Jones's CV

Jennifer Jones is a second-year M.S. student who graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Criminal Justice from Cal State Los Angeles in 2018. As an undergraduate, Jen joined the Forensic Psychology lab during her Sophomore year, won several awards for her presentation of our research, and earned special recognition from the Honors College for her thesis assessing how witnesses' personality can affect performance on a showup identification task.  As a prospective PhD student, Jen hopes to continue her applied research assessing police and court procedures and influence policy change to help protect the rights of all individuals.  Specific areas of interest include lineup and showup administration and admonition procedures, identifying juror bias during the voir dire process, interrogation techniques, and assessing prison rehabilitation programs designed to lower recidivism rates. 

T'awna Williams
T'awna Williams
Graduate Research Assistant

T'awna Williams's CV

T'awna Williams is a second-year Forensic Psychology Master’s student who graduated with Honors in Psychology in 2018. Soon after joining the lab as an undergraduate, she was awarded with the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) fellowship and reawarded as a graduate student. For her undergraduate honors thesis she examined online versus live witness behavior following a social influence prompt. Now into her third year with the lab, T'awna is largely focused on pursuing a doctoral degree studying false confessions. She wishes to pursue a career that aids in preventing wrongful convictions and freeing the innocent. Her other interests include the study of juror decision-making and interrogations.

Veronica Monarrez
Veronica Monarrez
Graduate Research Assistant

Veronica Monarrez's CV

Veronica Monarrez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal State University, Los Angeles in 2017 and received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Veronica is currently a second-year graduate student. She hopes to continue on to doctoral study to pursue a career in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She is currently a volunteer for Kid’s Court which works alongside LA County Probation to help establish competency among juvenile offenders. Veronica is also doing clinical work with neurodivergent children at a therapy center in the San Gabriel Valley. Her research interests 

include examining different developmental trajectories that lead to criminal offending. She is currently working on a project examining whether court preparation programs can help enhance resilience in at risk youth who are set to testify in court.  

Jordy Mullinax
Jordyn Mullinax
Graduate Research Assistant

Jordyn Mullinax's CV

Jordyn Mullinax is a first year M.S. students from Riverside, California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, San Bernardino in 2018. She currently volunteers at the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center as an advocate for sexual assault survivors. Jordyn is currently enrolled in the M.S. Forensic Psychology program. She plans to pursue a career as a licenced counselor helding ading survivors of violent crimes and people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Diana Fajardo Castellanos
Diana Fajardo Castellanos
Graduate Research Assistant

Diana Fajardo Castellanos is a first-year graduate student in the MS Forensic Psychology program.  She graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice in 2019. Her year-long internship with Jail Guitar Doors USA sparked her interest in working with the incarcerated population and at-risk youth. She is also interested in the many ways the criminal justice system affects youth as they age.  She hopes to one-day influence policy change regarding sentencing for youth offenders. 

Rebecca Ying
Graduate Research Assistant
Rebecca Ying is a first-year M.S. student from Huntington Beach, California. In 2016, she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Basic Business from California State Universtiy, Los Angeles, as a member of both the Honors College and the Early Entrance Program. She joined hte Forensic Psychology Lab as a third-year undergraduate. For her senior thesis, she focused on how assessing if imagining both simple and complex events may lead to false memories of those events. During her time in the lab, she also completed several presentations about the effect of interviewer's feedback on eyewitnesses' identifications. In the future, Rebecca hopes to pursue a doctorate degree to continue studying eyewitness testimony and the creation of false memories. eyewitness.

Undergraduate Students

Brittany Altuna
Brittany Altuna
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brittany Altuna's CV

This is Brittany Altuna, an undergraduate student here at Cal State La. She is a fourth-year student working on her Bachelor's degree in psychology and her minor in criminal justice. Brittany is interested in both forensic psychology and clinical psychology. Currently, Brittany works here in the forensic psychology lab and interns at the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, INC. Recently, she presented a poster at the research symposium at Cal State LA. Brittany’s goal after completing her bachelor's degree, is to go on to graduate school for a Master's in social work. Her goal is to become a child therapist. 

Alisheia Moreno
Alisheia Moreno
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alisheia Moreno's CV

My name is Alisheia Moreno. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student here at Cal State LA pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Currently, I am conducting research in Dr. Eisen’s Forensic Psychology lab studying eyewitness memory. I am also taking part in an internship with the L.A. Dependency Lawyers for the Edelman Children’s Court. Also, I have, for the first time, recently presented a research poster for the Cal State LA symposium. 

Ethan Vaca
Ethan Vaca
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ethan Vaca's CV

Ethan Vaca is a fourth-year undergraduate student currently working towards a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Society. His academic interests include prison populations, criminal justice, and psychology as it applies to the legal system. He aims to attend the Forensic Psychology graduate program here at California State University, Los Angeles.  He wishes to be involved in rehabilitating previously incarcerated populations and aiding at-risk youth.

Charmaine Chui
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Charmaine Chui's CV

This is Charmaine Chui, an undergraduate student here at Cal State La. She is a third-year student working on her Bachelor's degrees in psychology and criminal justice. Currently, Charmaine works here in the forensic psychology lab. Charmaine’s goal after completing her bachelor's degrees is to go on to law school or graduate school for a Master's in forensic psychology.

Spotlights: Alumnae

Gaby Cedré
Gabriella Cedré
Former Graduate Assistant

Gaby Cedré graduated from the M.S. program in 2018 after taking lead on many projects in the Forensic Psychology Lab. During her time as a student here, she coathored papers published in Law and Human Behavior (2018) and Applied Cognitive Psychology (2017). Her Masters thesis argues for the bifurcation of gang evidence by demonstrating how describing a defendant as a gang member could cause jurors to falsely remember previous criminal conduct and convictions that were never introduced during trial. After interning during her second year, Gaby has continued her work as a trial consultant in Los Angeles. She currently works as a Project Manager at Decision Analysis Inc.  

Adriana Mendez
Adriana Mendez
Former Graduate Assistant

Adriana Mendez's CV

Adriana Mendez recently graduated and defended her thesis in Dr. Eisen’s Forensic Psychology Lab. In 2017, she graduated with a Sociology degree with an emphasis in Criminology and Criminal Justice at California State University, Northridge. She is also a fellow in MORE Programs here at Cal State LA, and her interests include police procedures, community relations with police, and policy, and aims to work with law enforcement in the future. Her recent thesis project examined lowering false identifications in police showup and lineup procedures through a new instruction they can give to eyewitnesses.