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.