Alumni Files

Alumni Files

This page will celebrate the successes and accomplishments of CSULB Psychology Department Alumni.


The John Garcia Recognition of Excellence Lecture Series

Professor John Garcia, who received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, became an Assistant Professor at our current institution which at the time in 1959 was called California State College. Following his time at Cal State, Dr. Garcia was a lecturer in the Surgery Department at Harvard Medical School, was Professor and Chair at the State University of NY at Stony Brook, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. Dr. Garcia went on to have a long and distinguished career as a researcher best known for his work with taste aversion. Among his findings was that rats quickly developed taste aversion, but not aversion to sights or sounds. 

The John Garcia Recognition of Excellence Lecture Series was initiated by a gift from Dr. John Jung, Psychology Department Professor Emeritus. The goal of the series is to avoid the mistake of failing to recognize excellence.  The speaker of each lecture is a graduate of one of our programs whose career achievements in psychology have been outstanding and have brought honor to our department.


Links to Psychology Department graduate program alumni

MS Human Factors
MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology


CSULB alumni information


Peer Advising/PRO Guide newsletters

The Psychology Peer Advising Office was the brainchild of Dr. Virginia Binder, who, in the early 1990’s conceived of an opportunity for Psychology students to advise and mentor other students about CSULB Psychology Department courses, the Psychology major, about graduate school and about opportunities for employment in psychology-related fields, all while earning six units credit. The focus of the office has changed over the years and in 2013 the office was renamed Psychology Resource Office.  Although academic advising is now done elsewhere on campus, peer mentorship and help for Psy 301 have been added to the responsibilities of the PRO Guides, in addition to resources for applying to graduate schools or job opportunities. Drs. Lisa Maxfield and Maricela Correa-Chavez now supervise this course.

Each semester since 1998 has seen the publishing of a newsletter to keep PA/PRO participants apprised of the life changes and successes of previous participants.  Past newsletters are available here.