Summer Fellows' Biographies


Professor Chale - Summer Fellow    


Angela Chalé, Ph.D., R.D.

School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science

 Dr. Chalé has a diverse background with training in nutritional science, exercise physiology,     psychophysics, neuroscience, and government. While she has worked with adults across her life course, currently, she conducts investigations in the older adult population where her overachieveing goal is to delineate associations between nutrition, physical activity, cognitive, and physical functioning.




Carly Dierkhising, PhD - Summer Fellow


Carly B. Dierkhising, Ph.D.

School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics

Dr. Dierkhising's primary area of research is in trauma, mental health, and juvenile justice with a focus on how to improve access to trauma-related services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system from both a practice and policy perspective. Her publications are on topics related to the links between trauma and delinquency, child maltreatment, creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems and improving conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth. She received her doctorate in Development Psychology from University of California, Riverside and her masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.





Susan Mohini Kane - Professor of Music & Voice

Susan Mohini Kane, Soprano-Professor-Author

School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Ms. Kane teaches voice, directs, the opera program, and does research on engaged performances. Her "crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique" (LA Culture Spot Magazine) has captured audiences in performances of opera, oratorio, art song, and classical cabaret. Kane's book: The 21st Century Singer, Making the Leap from the University into the World, published by Oxford University Press, 2015 has been called "A must-read for any emerging singer" by iCadenza Artists. Kane's solo CD recording: A MOMENT OF JOY, inspired these reviews: "This series of art songs and arias brings phrase after phrase of artful music." (McKinney) Music Web international hails Kane's CD as "a truly inspirational disc." Her second CD, for voice and piano with pianist Sunha Yoon, is a beautiful selection of vocal pieces with no words called FROM THE HEART: MUSIC FOR CALM, INSPIRATION, AND WELLNESS, released in 2015.