Wendy Ochoa is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at UC Irvine with a specialization in Human Development in Context. Wendy’s experience of being raised by two-hard working and loving immigrant, Mexican parents who did not often have access to the resources they needed to optimize her and her sibling’s learning shaped her research interests. She is interested in understanding the contextual and demographic factors that relate to the development of children from diverse families, such as SES, race/ethnicity, language, and parenting. Moreover, she aims to use this research to provide low-income and linguistically diverse parents of young children with a set of culturally sensitive tools that empowers and supports them in fostering their children’s bilingual language development, academic success, and socioemotional wellbeing. Her dissertation studies focus on investigating the role of smartphones and tablets on the quality of caregiver-child interactions, and on understanding the ways in which socioeconomically and linguistically diverse Latino mothers and fathers use this technology, along with their attitudes and beliefs about the ways in which it supports and or hinders their parenting and children’s learning. Wendy hopes to use these findings in future efforts that seek to use mobile screen technologies as a tool to enhance parenting practices and children’s learning among diverse Latino families.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Wendy received her BA in Psychology from California State University of Los Angeles, where she did research in the Media and Dual Language Lab as a MARC undergraduate student under the mentorship of Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam. While a student researcher there, she focused on understanding the language-mixing patterns and oral narrative skills of preschool Dual Language Learners from low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking households.
Alumni of the Lab:
Cody Weeks - PhD Candidate
Cody Weeks graduated from CSULA with his Masters in psychology in 2015. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Denise De Anda
Denise is currently acquiring her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is working for Easter Seals where she provides behavioral therapy to children with Autism.
Gladys Aguilar is a PhD student in the Human Development, Teaching and Learning concentration at Harvard University. Her research involves Latino children’s first and second language acquisition and its relation to early literacy. Having immigrated from México as a child, she is interested in the impact of bilingualism on minoritized children’s cognitive, socio-emotional, and language development and the role of parents and teachers in this development. Gladys has worked as a Spanish-English bilingual teacher and as a mental health professional in urban educational settings serving predominantly language minority children and their families. She is a proud and grateful alumna of CSULA, where she earned her M.S. degree, and of Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam’s Media and Language Lab, where she did research on the Spanish and English narrative language development of Latino preschoolers.
Lidia Gomez- M.A.
Lidia Gomez is graduating at Cal State, Los Angeles with her M.A. in Psychology. 2019
Maria Baghasarian is currently a student in the Marriage & Family Therapy program at the University of Southern California. She will be graduating in May of 2017. Maria has been doing her practicum work as a therapist, with high school students in Rowland Heights. She has realized that this is a population that she would love to continue working with. After she graduates she hopes to work in the public mental health sector. It is her goal to work in underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. She also hopes to return to a lab and continue conducting research.
During her undergrad at CSULA Melissa was apart of the 2014-2015 Media and Language Lab. As a lab member she helped code and transcribe language transcripts as well as assist in data collection for research studies. Currently, she works as a behavior therapist in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a full time Masters student in the School Counseling program at Cal State Dominguez Hills and a member of the Graduate Counseling Association at CSUDH. The association attends conferences and events that support mental health awareness and community involvement. She sends a big thank you to Dr. Subrahmanyam who was great at teaching research methods class and assisted her in the grad school application process!
Minas Michikyan, M.A., has joined the Ph.D. program in Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. He is a researcher at the Institute of Immigration, Globalization, and Education (UCLA), at the Children's Digital Media Center @ LA (UCLA/Cal State LA), and at the Center for Multicultural Research (Cal State LA). Minas uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methodoligies to examine how immigrant-origin adolescents and youth develop and enact dimensions of their mulitiple and intersecting identities across a variety of offline and online social contexts and interactions. As just one examples, Minas's work has led to the development of the Self-Presentation-on-Facebook Questionnaire (SPFBQ; Michikyan, Dennis, & Subrahmanyam, 2014). To request a copy of the SPFBQ, please contact Minas at [email protected]
Tyler is currently a second year Counseling Psychology Doctoral student at the University of Florida working with Dr. Dorothy Espelage. He is interested in the well-being of LGBTQ youth. Specifically, how various risk and protective factors shape pathways linking peer victimization to poor outcomes. He is also interested in developmental pathways, suicidality, digital media, and tele-health.