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Adriana Alcantara is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the APA Minority Fellowship Program in Neuroscience.  Her Neural Basis of Addiction Laboratory has recently found the first electron microscopic evidence of synaptic rewiring in association with cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization. Such synaptic remodeling may represent a potential neural substrate underlying the persistence of addiction.

James Alexander received a Master’s degree at CSULB and his PhD from Michigan State. Currently an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Utah, he developed a major model of Family Therapy.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel is a research psychologist at the San Diego V.A. and Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego.  She is a world authority on sleep disorders and author of All I Want is a Good Night’s Sleep.

Victor Benassi received his PhD from City University of New York.  A Professor of Psychology, he is currently an Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow at the University of New Hampshire.

Leann Birch is Head and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, and an authority on children’s eating preferences and disorders.

Brenna Chirby received her PsyD from the American School of Professional Psychology in Virginia, and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.  Her private practice is based at MindBalance Mental Health Cooperative.   She is the Chair of the Virginia Psychological Association Ethics Committee and a member of the VPA Colleague Assistance Committee.

Stephen Edgell earned his PhD in Mathematical Psychology at Indiana University, and served as a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, having since retired.

Roger Fouts received his PhD from Univ of Nevada Reno and has seved as a Professor of Psychology at Central Washington University.  He is a world authority on chimpanzees and founded the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) at Central Washington University, dedicated to the better understanding of communication, both human and chimpanzee, and works together with Friends of Washoe.   Dr. Fouts authored Next of Kin based on this research.

Dorie Glover  is a psychologist on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.  Following early clinical work in childhood autism, Dr. Glover received her master of arts degree in experimental psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 1990.  Dr. Glover earned a doctorate from UCLAs psychology department in 1996 with a special emphasis on learning and behavior.  Dr. Glover directs the biological core for the Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities.

Christine Iijima Hall was Associate Provost at Arizona State University.  She currently serves as District Director of Equity, Opportunity and Engagement, Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix, having formally served as the Director of Employee Services.  She is an authority on ethnic relations, and has been a pioneer researcher on the psychology of people with biracial backgrounds.  Dr. Hall received her PhD from UCLA.

Edward Hernandez is a Professor of Management at CSU Stanislaus.  He received his PhD from UC Irvine, and is currently working on research in the areas of Information Technology, Legal Issues in HRM and Temporary and Contract Worker studies.  He is also interested in the business of musicals.

Alyce LaViolette is a recognized authority on battered women, an activist against violence and the author of It Can Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay.  She is also the founder of Alternatives to Violence, located in the city of Long Beach, and was chosen as one of the College of Liberal Arts 2011 Commencements’ Distinguished Alumni.

David Lechuga is the director of The Neurobehavioral Clinical and Counseling Center located in Mission Viejo, CA.  He earned his PhD at UCLA in Clinical Psychology.  He is the 2002 president of the Orange County Psychological Association, and is a clinical instructor at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute/Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

Lola Lopes is a professor emeritis at the University of Iowa, where she has served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.  An award has been named after her for Undergraduate Student Advocacy.  She earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, San Diego.

Heike Mahler earned a Master’s at Long Beach State and her PhD at UC San Diego.  She is a Professor at CSU San Marcos.  A health psychologist, she is associated with research on skin cancer at UC San Diego.

Jelani Mandara is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University.  He received his PhD from UC Riverside in Social/Personality Psychology.  His research interests include family functioning, fathers’ involvement and child development; theories of self-control and self-regulation; person-centered methods.

Emilie Mitchell received her PhD in Social Psychology at UC Davis, and is an adjunct faculty member for both UC Davis and Sacramento State‘s psychology departments.

Brenda Premo was Director of the Department of Rehabilitation, State of California prior to becoming the founding Director of Western University’s Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions.

Cynthia S. Rand obtained a CSULB Master’s degree, and is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  She is a health psychologist with the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, specializing in pulmonary disease, and has been affiliated with the Global Project on Tobacco Control.

Gloria Romero has served as a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles.  She is a former Democrat Assemblywoman in the California legislature, where she represented District 24 in Los Angeles.

Stephen F. Sands earned his MA and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, Texas.  He is the Chairman and Chief Science Officer for Sands Research Inc., and is also the Chairman for NeuroScan, Inc.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso,

Geraldine Butts Stahly received her MA and PhD at UC Riverside.  She is a Professor at CSU San Bernardino, with research interests in Social psychology and psychology of women, domestic violence and victimology, health psychology, chronic illness and stigma.

Suzanne C. Thompson obtained her MA at CSULB.  She is Professor of Psychology at Pomona College and publishes research on stress, health, and coping.

Jim Turner has served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies at UCLA.  He received his PhD from University of Missouri, and was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA for a number of years with research interests in placebo effects, the everyday lives of mentally retarded adults, and indigenous psychologies.

Harvey Wichman earned the first Master’s Degree awarded by the CSULB Psychology department, and was, until he recently retired, a Professor at Claremont Graduate School and Director of the Aerospace Psychology Lab which studies manned space flight.

Heidi Ziemer received her MA and PhD at Rice University, where she also taught.  She has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown, and served as the Assistant Chair for the Psychology department.  She has also been an instructor at the All Heart Horse Farm.