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Featured Alumni

Janessa Kelly (2013)

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earned her Master's in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Janessa graduated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach in 2008. From there, she attended California State University Northridge. At CSUN, Janessa was selected as a Ronald McNair Scholar and was highly involved in campus activities including her leadership roles as Vice President of the Residence Halls Association and Associated Students’ Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Janessa completed a clinical internship during her senior year at the Child and Family Guidance Center. Janessa also served as a research assistant for Dr. April Taylor and presented findings from the project at the Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development in 2013 in Seattle, WA. Janessa works as a clinician with children and adolescents that have mood disorders and/or developmental delays.

Marissa Colangelo (2012)

Marissa earned a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at Columbia University in New York. At CSUN, Marissa was involved in numerous activities including being a Peer Mentor and serving as lead research assistant for Dr. Taylor. She completed an internship at the Child Development Institute.  She was presented the University’s 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award and Dean’s Award. Marissa is a student member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and serves on the Executive Board of Columbia’s Student Union. She is interested in the field of clinical social work and ultimately sees herself working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have a learning and/or behavioral disability. Marissa has joined the faculty of the CADV Department and regularly teaches CADV 250 (The Child and Adolescent Development Profession) and CADV 310 (Developmental Impacts of Abuse & Neglect). 

Jacqueline Lim (2011)

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Shaquinta Thomas (2011)

Shaquinta earned a Master's of Social Work Program at Humboldt State University. She is completed an internship at Humboldt County's Department of Health and Human Development Social Services Branch. While at CSUN she was a member of the Child and Adolescent Development Association (CADA), served as a peer mentor for Los Angeles Valley College and was a corps member in JumpStart Early Literacy Program (Americorps). 

Shandi Lopez (2010)

Shandi is currently employed as a school psychologist with the Sulphur Springs School District in the Antelope Valley. After completing her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development she completed a Master's in Education in the School Psychology program at Loyola Marymount University. While at CSUN she served as a Teaching Assistant and Peer Mentor for Dr. David Wakefield in his Applied Cognitive Development course.

Cati Acevedo-Torres (2003)

Cati currently works with an innovative program called Motivating Our Students Through Experience (MOSTe). This program provides academic, social, and professional support for high school students from underrepresented groups interested in entering a college/university. She is currently attending Azusa Pacific University purusing a Master of Arts in Education: Special Education & Mild/Moderate Disabilities Specialist Credential.  She is passionate about educating Latino parents on the subject of Special Education, as well as serve students with special needs with compassion, integrity and respect.

Diana Yassanye (2002)

has a Bachelor's of Arts in Child Development from CSUN and a Master's degree in Sexuality Education/Health Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She currently works at the Centers for Disease Control in the Office of Public Health and Preparedness to enhance existing partner relationships and expand work with new, diverse partners to promote the achievements of public health preparedness; make the case for resource investment; and cultivate collaborations that strengthen and support national public health security. Prior to joining the CDC, she spent over 10 years working on adolescent sexuality education and HIV prevention in Oregon, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris prior to falling in love with public health preparedness.

Erik Vidstrand (1981)

has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development (CSUN) and a Master of Public Health (CSUN). Since coming back from West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Erik has been dedicated to monitoring the tobacco industry and has educated thousands of educators and youth around the country. In 2000, Erik was trained at the New Mexico Media Literacy Project as a media literacy catalyst and helped found Media Think. Erik is a Health Educator with the Multnomah County Health Department School Based Health Center Program in Portland, Oregon and the Director of Northwest DOC (Doctors Ought to Care), which coordinates anti-smoking campaigns throughout the Northwest.