Welcome to the Stress, Resilience, and Health Lab! In our health psychology research laboratory, we use a risk and resilience framework to investigate the associations between various types of stress, different resilience resources, mental health, and physical health in populations typically understudied in the field of psychology.
The Stress in Parenting Students Study
In this mixed-methods study, we are interested in better understanding the experiences of college students with dependents (SWD's). Some questions we are exploring:
- What are the major stressors faced by SWD's?
- What are the resilience resources used by SWD's in the face of stress?
- Do SWD's feel supported on college campuses?
The College Experience Survey
In this quantitative study, we are comparing SWD's and non-parenting students (NPS') on a variety of measures related to stress, resilience, and health. Some questions we are examining:
- Will SWD's report greater stress than NPS'?
- Do SWD's and NPS' use similar resilience resources to cope with stress?
- Will SWD's report worse physical and mental health outcomes compared to NPS'?
The Ghosting Study
In this qualitative study, we are exploring the phenomenon of ghosting in relationships. Some questions we are investigating:
- Why do people ghost others?
- How do people feel when they are ghosted by others?
- Do people perceive ghosting as morally right?
Olajide Bamishigbin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) Lab and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Cal State LA. He received his Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017 and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2012. Dr. Bamishigbin’s research examines the associations between different sources of stress, resilience resources, mental health, and physical health in understudied populations such as Black and Latino fathers as well as Black and Latino cancer survivors. He has published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology as well as Social Science & Medicine. He has presented his research in paper presentations, symposia, and posters at conferences such as the Society of Behavioral Medicine, APA Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race Research conference, the Association of Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association, and others. Dr. Bamishigbin also enjoys teaching and has taught courses such as Racial and Ethnic Minority Mental Health, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. Dr. Bamishigbin is married to his lovely life partner, Jahneille, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at UCLA, and is the father of two wonderful boys, Jide III and Kunle. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and watching television and movies. If you would like to contact Dr. Bamishigbin, you can email him at [email protected].
Graduate Student Researchers
Maira Anaya-Lopez, B.A., is a graduate research assistant in the Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) Lab. She is a first-year graduate student at California State University, Los Angeles where she also obtained her Bachelor’s degree. In the SRH lab, Maira worked on a project focused on the relationship between comfort foods and stress. She is also the head research assistant for the parenting study that focuses on role strain, mental health, and educational attainment in students with dependents. She has gained extensive experience in transcribing and coding. Overall, Maira’s research interests are in health disparities of ethnic minorities with a particular interest in health disparities of children with disabilities and the health of parents of children with disabilities. Maira has presented her research at poster conferences such as the 27th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activities (RSCA), Western Psychological Association, and American Psychological Science. She won a certificate for outstanding poster presentation at the 27th Annual RSCA. Maira enjoys working as a behavior interventionist. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with family. If you would like to contact her, please send her an e-mail to [email protected].
Paulette Hacopian, B.A. graduated with her bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2018 from Cal State LA. Shen then began her Masters in the Fall of 2018. Paulette is passionate about health psychology and the intersection between physical and mental health. Paulette interned at a clinic for older adults for one year. For her Master’s thesis, she is researching the impact of traumatic life events on mental and physical health. Paulette is set to graduate with her Master’s degree in the Spring of 2020. Outside of school, Paulette works as an instructional aide for a charter middle school and enjoys exercising and spending time with family.
Sharon Lanre-Orepo, B.A., is a first-year student at the Master of Arts, Psychology Program at Cal State Los Angeles. She is also a current graduate researcher at the Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) Lab. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sharon's current research interest is focused on issues that have to do with understanding normative, and psychopathology development in children. She also interested in exploring questions about children’s mental health after parental incarceration. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys cooking, dancing, and online shopping. If you would like to contact Sharon Lanre-Orepo, you can email her at [email protected]
Claudia Ocholski, B.A., is a graduate student in the Masters of Arts in Psychology program at California State University, Los Angeles working under the guidance of Dr. Olajide Bamishigbin in the Stress and Health Laboratory. She received her B.A and Sciences in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2016. Ms. Ocholski’s overarching aspiration is to remove the stigma attached to mental health issues and drug abuse by scientifically researching and elucidating the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms in order to gain a better understanding of these concerns and thereby, creating preventative measures to cease development of these unfavorable circumstances in suffering individuals. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Ocholski worked as a teachers assistant for Bethany Stennett for Physiological Psychology for a year. In the past two years, Ms. Ocholski worked as a ABA therapist with children on the Austism Spectrum. It is her goal to continue on to obtain her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Kraig Saito, B.A., is a second year Master’s student in Dr. Olajide Bamishigbin’s Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) psychology lab, where he is focusing on his thesis project and soon plans to apply to PhD programs. Kraig is interested in finding associations between health behaviors, patient-provider interaction quality, and mental health outcomes among young adult men of color. Through his research, he hopes to facilitate in the design of policies and outreach programs that will help individuals commit to healthier behaviors, which may ultimately lead to better mental health outcomes. Outside of the lab, you can find Kraig performing all over Southern California with his Japanese Taiko drumming group. He also enjoys hiking, road and mountain biking, and relaxing with a good movie.
Undergraduate Student Researchers
Gillian Almanza is an undergraduate research assistant of Dr. Olajide Bamishigbin. She received her high school diploma from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in 2017. She is currently on track to receive her B.A. in Psychology from Cal State LA in 2021. Her research interests include sexual behaviors in adolescents and young adults. As well as how exposure to early childhood trauma could cause children to become aggressive in adolescence and adulthood. She has managed to stay on the dean’s list for her two years at Cal State LA. In her spare time, she enjoys going on nature hikes, working out, and hanging out with her friends. If you’d like to contact Gillian Almanza her email is [email protected]
Edith Hernandez is an undergraduate research assistant in the Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) Lab at Cal State LA. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Cal State LA in 2019. Her research interests are mental health and crime in ethnic minorities. In her spare time, she enjoys binge watching crime tv and being in the gym.
Katherine Mata transferred from Rio Hondo Community College in 2017 with an A.A. in Psychology and is pursuing a B.A in Psychology at Cal State LA. She is expected to graduate in December 2019 and hopes to pursue her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in the near future. She is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Bamishigbin’s Stress, Resilience, and Health lab and Dr. Karen Wu’s Culture and Relationships Lab. Her research interests include how adverse childhood experiences impact social relationships and family and partner conflict in underrepresented populations. Her poster presentation on interracial and intraracial relationships milestones was presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference in Portland, Oregon. During her free time, she enjoys listening to music, watching comedic sitcoms on Netflix, and playing catch with her dog Cooper
Henry Salgado is a fourth-year student finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University of Los Angeles. He is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) Lab. Henry’s current research interest is focused on issues that social media and computer technologies may cause in the mental development of young adults. He is also interested in working with patients who are undergoing psychiatric rehabilitation in order for them to reintegrate into society. When he is not at school or at work, Henry likes to practice photography, likes bike riding, and never says no to an invite to eat out. If you would like to contact Henry Salgado, you can email him at [email protected]
Christine Lopez, B.A. is a research assistant in the Stress, Resilience, and Health (SRH) Lab at Cal State L.A. She received her B.A. in General Psychology from Cal State LA in 2019 and her A.A.T. in General Psychology from East Los Angeles College in 2018. Lopez's research examines the associations between trauma, parenting styles, sources of stress, mental health, and physical health in populations affected by trauma, abuse, neglect, and lack of resources. She has presented her research at the Western Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science conferences. Ms. Lopez is a Behavior Interventionist for autism services, participates in advocacy organizations for survivors of domestic violence and is working towards her goal of specializing in working with underserved ethnic minority populations affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Lopez has two children with her partner Andy whom she will wed this October. In her spare time, Ms. Lopez loves to spend time with family and friends, listen to music, seek out ways to be helpful towards others, visit theme parks, and catch up on all that Netflix has to offer. If you would like to contact Ms. Lopez, you can email her at [email protected]
Celene Ramirez, B.A., is a Cal State LA alumnus. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2019. She has experience as a research assistant (RA) for Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam’s Language and Media Lab as well as Dr. Olajide Bamishigbin’s Stress and Health Lab. In Dr. Subrahmanyam’s lab, she transcribed, coded, and checked the reliability of audio recordings in both English and Spanish for a project that investigated language development in young children. In Dr. Bamishigbin’s lab, she was an RA on a research project that focused on the association between comfort foods and stress responses in people of color. She interacted with participants by administering the Trier Social Stress Test. She is currently working on another project with Dr. Bamishigbin where she is conducting interviews with parenting students regarding the challenges they face while attending college and parenting children. She is a proud mother of her 5-year-old son and her hobbies are cooking, hiking, playing music, and singing. She enjoys playing sports with her son and volunteering in his school.
Jahneille Cunningham, B.A., is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her primary research interests pertain to issues of race, mathematics identity and family engagement among students of color. Jahneille was recently awarded the University of California, Los Angeles Dissertation Year Fellowship and the University of California Office of the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship for her dissertation entitled, Beyond Classroom Learning: Examining the Family Math Practices of Black Elementary Children. In this study, she explores the informal contexts that afford K-5 Black children opportunities to learn mathematics outside of school. Jahneille is also interested in qualitative research methodologies, especially those aimed at challenging deficit approaches to research in communities color. As a co-investigator on the Stress in Parenting Students study, she enjoys training undergraduate and graduate students in qualitative research methods, as well as highlighting the experiences of parenting students.
Former Lab Members
- Katrina Arabyan, B.A., is currently pursuing her MFT at Loma Linda University.
- Claudia Bobadilla, B.A., is currently pursuing her M.A. in Psychology at Cal State Long Beach.
- Esther Duran, B.A., is currently a police officer at Bell Police Department.
- Nyona Perkins, B.A., is currently pursuing her M.A. in Education at Cal State Long Beach.
- Jonathan Ramos-Lopez, B.A., is currently a Site Coordinator at LA's BEST after school program, a Confirmation Coordinator at St. Patrick's North Hollywood confirmation program, and Trainer at StrengthRx Crossfit.
- Luis Robles, B.A., is currently an Agent at New York Life in the Glendale office.
- Stephanie Ruiz, B.A., is currently pursing her Master's in Social Welfare at the University of Southern California,
- Zoe Su, B.A., is currently a Behavior Interventionist at EasterSeals SoCal and will begin a Master's Program in Psychology at Purdue Global in January 2020.
- Rachel Verhagen, B.A., is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami.
SELECTED STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
Lopez, C. & Bamishigbin, O. Childhood Trauma, Mental Health, and Psychosocial Functioning among Middle School-aged Children. Poster presentation at the 31st Association for Psychological Science Annual meeting, Washington D.C.
Anaya Lopez, M., & Bamishigbin, O. A Comparative Study of Health Factors in Children with Disabilities. Poster presentation at the 31st Association for Psychological Science Annual meeting, Washington, D.C.
Verhagen, R. & Bamishigbin, O. Psychosocial Factors Related to Depression in a Sample of Latinx Adolescents. Poster presentation at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.
Verhagen, R. & Bamishigbin, O. Parental Involvement as a Predictor of Substance Use in Latinx Adolescents. Poster presentation at the Annual Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Diversifying Clinical Psychology Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Ramos Lopez, J. & Bamishigbin, O. Depression and Delinquency in Minority Adolescents. Poster presentation at the 99th Annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.
Bobadilla, C., Salgado, H., & Bamishigbin, O. Psychosocial correlates of school safety in Californian adolescents. Poster presentation at the 99th Annual Western Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.
Bamishigbin, O., Arabyan, K., Robles, L., Duran, E., & Perkins, N. The associations between age, mental health, attitudes, and involvement among fathers. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.
HOW TO JOIN
- Are you a current undergraduate or graduate student at Cal State LA?
- Do you have at least a 3.25 GPA?
- Are you able to commit at least 8 hours per week to research?
- Are you interested in obtaining a graduate degree in psychology?
- Are you willing to work on a team?
If you meet these criteria and are interested in joining the SRH lab, please send an email of interest, along with a resume/CV to Dr. Bamishigbin at [email protected]