Faculty and Staff

Faculty

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

Office Location: E&T 504

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

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

Office Location: E&T 508

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

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Allison Fuligni, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
5841
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Claudia Kouyoumdjian, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
5418

Courses Taught: Middle Childhood and Adolescence, Development of Sexuality across the Lifespan, Urban Families and Resilience, Research Methods, Senior Seminar

Office Location: E&T 507

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Rita Ledesma, Ph.D., LCSW
Interim Associate Dean Rongxiang Xu College of Health Human Services
Phone/Ext:
5281
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Yafen Lo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
5842

Dr. Lo received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with specialization in early childhood education and child development. Prior to joining Cal State LA, she worked as a journalist/editor, a teacher in afterschool programs, a teaching/research assistant in the higher education setting, a preschool teacher, and a postdoctoral fellow. She is interested in making the connection between theory and practice, and analyzing the program effectiveness in a variety of settings. She has also devoted her time outside her job to services in the local Asian American community and aboriginal community in Taiwan. Her teaching interests include early childhood education, techniques in the study of children, children/family/community, Asian American related issues, cognitive development, service learning, and senior seminar.

Her research focuses on program assessment in a variety of settings, such as the professional development of family child care providers in the higher education setting, early childhood education, and STEM curriculum effectiveness in higher education.

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

Office location: E&T 510

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

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Edward Lopez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
4590

Office Location: E&T 506

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

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

Simona Montanari, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California specializing on early trilingual development.

Her research, which has focused on the acquisition of phonology, lexicon, morpho-syntax and communicative competence in two or three languages, has been published in the Journal of Child Language, in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, and in the International Journal of Bilingualism among othersDr. Montanari has also been involved in the creation and implementation of the first public Italian/English dual language program in the Glendale Unified School District (Los Angeles County), and has been studying its educational outcomes since its launch in 2009.

At California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Montanari teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on language development and second language acquisition in childhood, and she is currently involved in research on phonological development in Spanish-English dual language preschoolers.

She also continues to works as a consultant for the Glendale Unified School District and has designed common-core-standards-aligned curricula for its Italian/English, French/English and German/English dual language programs.

Research: Bilingual/multilingual development; second language acquisition; dual language education.

Courses taught: Courses Taught: Language Development (CHDV4920), Second Language Acquisition in Childhood (CHDV4930), Senior Seminar (CHDV4960), Cognition and Language Development (CHDV5090)

Office location: E&T, A509

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

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

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

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.

Courses Taught: CHDV3750, CHDV3440, CHDV4960, CHDV5000

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.