I have been an assistant professor of psychology here at Cal State LA since Fall 2017. As an instructor, I enjoy cultivating a safe and enjoyable classroom environment for my students. As a trained health psychologist, I study the relationships between stress and health in people of color.
My teaching interests include research methods, racial/ethnic minority mental health, social psychology, positive psychology, and health psychology. In each course, I incorporate multicultural psychology themes that emphasize the importance of diversity in psychological science. I also use multimedia content and a variety of active learning techniques in the classroom to capture students’ attention and make learning more accessible for all students. In addition to teaching courses, I mentor undergraduate and graduate students in my Stress and Health Lab.
In my research lab, the Stress and Health lab, my interests are focused broadly on the associations between stress, resilience, mental health, and physical health in understudied populations. Specifically, my research has explored a) stress and its association with depression in Black and Latino fathers, b) the antecedents and consequences of adolescent fatherhood for adolescent males and their families, and c) spirituality and depression in Black and Latino cancer survivors. Recent projects include a mixed-methods investigation of stress and health in college students with dependents as well as qualitative study to examine the psychological experience of ghosting in relationships.