Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Celina Benavides, Ph.D.
Celina Benavides, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
4594

Office Location: E&T 504

Courses Taught: CHDV 3210, CHDV 3400, CHDV 4300, CHDV 5060

 

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Rakel Delevi, Ph.D., LMFT
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
5417

Office Location: E&T 508

Courses Taught: CHDV 1200, CHDV 1400, CHDV 1410, CHDV 3420, CHDV 4120, CHDV 4240, CHDV 4960

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/rakel-delevi

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Allison Fuligni, Ph.D
Professor
Phone/Ext:
5841

Office Location: E&T 504

Courses Taught: CHDV 1400, CHVD 5080

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/allison-sidle-fuligni

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Claudia Kouyoumdjian, Ph.D
Professor
Phone/Ext:
5418

Office Location: E&T 507

Courses Taught: CHDV 3400, CHDV 3420, CHDV 3210, CHDV 5080, CHDV 4960

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Rita Ledesma, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor Emeritus
Phone/Ext:
5281
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Yafen Lo, Ph.D.
Professor
Phone/Ext:
5842

Office Location: E&T 510

Courses Taught: CHDV 2000, CHDV 2100, CHDV 3430, CHVD 3730, CHVD 4960, CHVD 5090

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/yafen-lo

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Edward Lopez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
5414

Office Location: E&T 506

Courses Taught: CHDV 2250, CHDV 3400, CHDV 3480, CHDV 4300

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/edward-lopez

Simona Montanari, Ph.D.
Simona Montanari, Ph.D.
Professor
Phone/Ext:
5415

Office Location: E&T A509

Courses Taught: CHDV 4920, CHDV 4930, CHDV 4960, CHDV 5090

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/simona-montanari

Jessica Morales-Chicas, Ph.D.
Jessica Morales-Chicas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
4597

Office Location: E&T 505

Courses Taught: CHDV 1410, CHVD 2250, CHVD 3210, CHVD 3500, CHVD 5100

Dr. Jessica Morales-Chicas earned her Ph.D in Education, with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology, from UCLA. Dr. Morales-Chicas teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level course ranging from Social Emotional Development to Urban Families and Resilience. Dr. Morales-Chicas’ research uses a developmental lens to examine the role of ethnic diversity and educational equity issues on achievement motivation, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. That is, what motivates students to engage in STEM and how can schools overcome barriers in STEM pathways? Aligned with her research interests, she also spearheads two STEM-related projects serving low-income middle school youth from East Los Angeles. Both projects are both housed in the Cal State LA Pathway Office and focus on teaching Latino youth how to code, use 3D printers, develop entrepreneurial skills, and prepare for careers in STEM. To learn more about Dr. Morales-Chicas please see a recent interview feature on Women to Watch via Digit Keeper http://bit.ly/2vfrTIV.

Office location: E&T 505

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/jessica-morales-chicas

Ashley Munger, Ph.D.
Ashley Munger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
4593

Courses Taught: CHDV 3750, CHDV 3440, CHDV 4960, CHDV 5000

Office Location: E&T 534

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/ashley-munger

Dr. Munger's research occurs in the nexus of family relationships, economic hardship, health, and education. Her research areas include food insecurity, family-centered nutrition programming, and programming to promote success in higher education. The use of mobile technology in the delivery of interventions has also been a focus.

Office Location: E&T 534

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/ashley-munger

Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D.
Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Phone/Ext:
4677
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Marlene Zepeda, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Staff

Rocio Salgado
Administrative Assistant
Phone/Ext:
4590

You will hear Rocio’s voice on the other end of the line when you call. She has direct contact with students on a day-to-day basis. Rocio will answer general questions regarding the major, such as clarifying departmental policy and procedures. She will also process your paperwork, and assist the office manager.

Pat Rodriguez
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone/Ext:
6188

Pat works closely with the Chair of the department and oversees the efficient day-to-day running of the general office. She assists faculty with their needs, and works to resolve student-special needs that may arise.