School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science (323) 343-4650

Dwan M. Bridges
Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., Ohio State University
Contact: (323) 343-4658

Dwan Bridges’ adaptive physical education and motor development/learning are important additions to the study of physical education. In 1994, she received the Distinguished Young Scholar for the Western College of Physical Education. Her areas of expertise include: general physical education, multiple disabilities, mental retardation, general kinesiology, play skills and modeling techniques.

Laura Calderon
Professor of Nutritional Science; Director, Coordinated Dietetics Program; Ph.D., Loma Linda University
Contact: (323) 343-5439

Dr. Calderon’s areas of expertise include public health and community nutrition, health promotion/disease prevention, childhood and adolescent obesity, eating disorders, and administrative dietetics. She was previously named an Outstanding Professor in Dietetics by the California Dietetic Association.

Andrew Cornwell
Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Contact: (323) 343-4648

Professor Cornwell specializes in the application of mechanical principles in the study of human movement. His research focuses on the neuromuscular issues in movement efficiency.

Ray de Leon
Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4855

Dr. de Leon is an expert on spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He is currently working on neuroscience research projects that focus on gait retraining and the use of robotic devices for training after spinal-cord injury. These projects are funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Research Fund. He also oversees the University’s Mobility Center, an exercise facility that was established on the CSULA campus in 2001 for people with physical disabilities.

Daniel Frankl
Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Contact: (323) 343-4662

Dr. Frankl is an expert on youth sports, sociology and psychology of sports, and computer applications in kinesiology and physical education. Frankl is a consultant and presenter for the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles. He is the author and administrator of the award-winning and highly-recommended youth sports Web site for parents and coaches:

Fluent in: Hebrew, French, Serbo-Croatian.

Janet Harris
Professor and Director, Kinesiology and Nutritional Science; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Contact: (323) 343-4650

Professor Harris is an active fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She has published the following books: Play, Games and Sports in Cultural Contexts (1983/1989); Athletes and the American Hero Dilemma (1994); and Introduction to Physical Activity: Studying Kinesiology (2000). She is knowledgeable about sport sociology, grassroots community/youth development, and social aspects of sports.

Steven Hawkins
Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4667

Dr. Hawkins is an expert on aging and exercise, bone and exercise, and skeletal muscle and bone, and osteoporosis. His articles have been published in the Journal of Gerontology and the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Pera Jambazian
Associate Professor of Nutritional Science; Ph.D. (ABD) Loma Linda University
Contact: (323) 343-5438

Assistant Professor Jambazian is an expert on food safety, vitamin E and diet IGF, osteoporosis and the elderly, and advanced nutrition. Dr. Jambazian received the Hulda Crooks Award from Loma Linda University in 1999.

Fluent in: Armenian.

James P. Kallusky
Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Ed.D., University of Colorado Contact: (323) 343-4580

Professor Kallusky has taught courses on at-risk youth issues and physical education teacher education. He has received the Mayors Youth Service Award. He has also published articles on student teaching, at-risk youth in physical education, and practitioner research. He is the executive director of the Youth Agency Administration program at Cal State L.A.

Xlaofen Keating
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Contact: (323) 343-4664

Dr. Keating is an expert on elementary school physical education, and exercise and fitness instruction in schools.

Samuel Landsberger
Professor of Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering; D.Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contact: (310) 293-9485

Dr. Landsberger’s specialty is rehabilitation engineering. He was co-director of a major federally-funded research and development program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, focused on producing devices that will help people with physical and cognitive disabilities live more independent lives. He works with rehabilitation exercise specialists at Cal State L.A. to develop exercise equipment and machines that are accessible for people with disabilities.

Anne Larson
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology; Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
Contact: (323) 343-4668

Dr. Larson is an expert on physical activity programming and instruction for youth in educational and community-based contexts (i.e., nonprofit organizations such as YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, residential treatment centers, recreation centers).

John Orta
Professor of Nutritional Science; Ed.D., Columbia University
Contact: (323) 343-4031

Dr. Orta is particularly interested in computer applications in nutrition and dietetics, and is a world authority on the subject. His knowledge also extends to the field of geriatric nutrition. He is the author of more than 150 relevant software reviews, over 20 video reviews, and a book on computer applications in nutrition and dietetics. His research involves investigations on ways that technology may enhance the nutritional well-being of the population. He also has interests in nutritional counseling and geriatrics.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Tamar Semerjian
Assistant Professor of Nutritional Science; Ph.D., University of Iowa
Contact: (323) 343-4661

Dr. Semerjian is an expert on sport sociology and psychology of physical activity, especially exercise and aging, exercise among spinal-cord injured people, and experiences of transgendered individuals in sport and exercise.

Harmit Singh
Professor of Nutritional Science; Ph.D., Guru Nanak Dev University (India)
Contact: (323) 343-5334

Dr. Singh is a food chemist, and his areas of interest and research are cereal chemistry, wheat and non-wheat product development, food protein modifications, food sanitation and safety, and use of ultrasound as a new food processing technology.

Chick F. Tam
Professor of Nutritional Science, Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4740

Dr. Tam’s areas of expertise include ethnic nutrition, herbal study, gerontology, and hibernation studies. He has published articles on biochemical studies in hibernator and ethnic nutrition and aging. He is a certified nutrition specialist.

Fluent: Cantonese, Mandarin.