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California State University, Long Beach
Department Of Human Development
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Heather Rae- Espinoza, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
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  • Phone: 562.985.4209
  • Office: PSY-125

Research Interests

Dr. Rae-Espinoza’s research centers on an individual’s process of interpreting their experiences and interpersonal relationships in a socio-cultural context of innovation. Her dissertation research addressed how the children psychologically adapted and socially adjusted to parental emigration. Based on three years of fieldwork in Ecuador (1998, 1999-2001, and 2003-2004) along with exploratory research in Mexico and with the Immigration Museum for New Americans, Dr. Rae-Espinoza has created a typology of children’s reactions to situations of possible distress based on cultural context, psychological needs, and social approval. Her future research will evaluate this typology further with other instances of possible distress with diverse cultural contexts.


M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego

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HDEV 307I :

Approaches to Childhood and Adolescence

HDEV 360 :

Cultural Foundations in Human Development

HDEV 470 :

Seminar and Practicum