- Ph.D. 1988, University of California, Riverside
- M.A. 1983, California State University, Long Beach
- B.S. 1981, Michigan State University
Specialty Areas: Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, International Disability Studies, Latin@s and Education
- Psy 150 Honors - Introduction to Psychology
- Psy 313 - Developmental Psychology & Lab
- Psy 365 - Introduction to Gerontology
- Psy 485QM/S - Advanced Inquiry in Research and Analysis Methods and Seminar: Qualitative Methods
- Psy 490/L - Qualitative Research Methods & Lab
- Psy 491/L - Quantitative Research Methods & Lab
- Psy 492/493SOC - Professional Development in the Social Sciences
- Psy 497C - Proseminar in Psychological Research
- Psy 594MB - Tutorial in Psychology
Selected Publications and Presentations
Saetermoe, C. L., Widaman, K. F., & Borthwick-Duffy, S. (1991). Validation of the parenting style survey for parents of children with mental retardation. Mental Retardation, 29(3), 139-157.
Widaman, K. F., Saetermoe, C. L., & Borthwick-Duffy, S. (1995). Parenting Style Survey. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.
Saetermoe, C. L., Beneli, I., & Busch, R. M. (1999). Perceptions of adulthood among Anglo and Latino parents. Current Psychology, 18(2), 21-34.
Saetermoe, C. L., Farruggia, S. P., & Lopez, C. (1999). Differential parental communication with adolescents who are disabled and their healthy siblings. Journal of Adolescent Health, 24(1), 2-9.
Saetermoe, C. L., Scattone, D., & Kim, K. H. (2001). Ethnicity and the stigma of disabilities. Psychology and Health, 16, 699-714.
Saetermoe, C. L. (2004). Ages and stages: Mastering good hygiene. Parenting, Dec/Jan.
Saetermoe, C. L., Gómez, J., Bámaca, M., & Gallardo, C. (2004). A qualitative enquiry of caregivers of adolescents with severe disabilities in Guatemala City. Disability and Rehabilitation, 26, 1032-1047.
Cordón, I. M., Saetermoe, C. L., & Goodman, G. S. (2005). Facilitating children’s accurate responses: Conversational rules and interview style. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19(3), 249-266.
Saetermoe, C. L. (2005). Book review of “On the frontier of adulthood; theory, research, and public policy.” Journal of Adolescence, 28(4), 601-602.
Saetermoe, C. l. (2008). Cultural competence in developmental science pedagogy. SRCD Developments, 51(4), 3.
Plunkett, S., Saetermoe, C. L., & Quilici, J. L. (in press). An Evaluation of the Undergraduate Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Program. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly.
Hernandez, M. G., Nguyen, J., Saetermoe, C. L., & Suarez-Orozco, C. (Eds., in press). Frameworks and Ethics for Research with Immigrant Families. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development.
Nguyen, J., Hernandez, M. G., & Saetermoe, C. L. (in press). Frameworks and ethics for research with immigrant families. In M. G. Hernandez, J. Nguyen, C. L. Saetermoe, & C. Suarez-Orozco, C. (Eds.), Frameworks and Ethics for Research with Immigrant Families. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development.
Hernandez, M. G., Nguyen, J., Casanova, S., Suarez-Orozco, C., & Saetermoe, C. L. A Guide for Research with Immigrant Children, Adolescents, and their Families: Ethical and Methodological Considerations. In M. G. Hernandez, J. Nguyen, C. L. Saetermoe, & C. Suarez-Orozco, C. (Eds.), Frameworks and Ethics for Research with Immigrant Families. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development.
Saetermoe, C. L., Despues, D., Singh, J. P., & Wong, K. (submitted). One district, two worlds: Inequality among Latinos in urban schools. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
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Saetermoe, C. L., Quevedo, M., & Magdaleno, L. (submitted). Rehabilitation therapists in Guatemala: A qualitative enquiry. Disability and Rehabilitation.
Saetermoe, C. L. (2010). Through a Contextual Lens: Examining the Identities of Multi-Ethnic Adolescents in Three Cities. Symposium. My paper: Academic Triage: Perceived Life Chances of Mexican Descent Adolescents. Philadelphia, PA.
Saetermoe, C. (2011). Academic triage and academic identity: Stories from Mexican American adolescents in an ethnically homogeneous high school. Paper symposium at the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, March.
Saetermoe, C. (2011). Families and sociological imagination: Background and Method. Symposium at the Western Psychological Association, April.
Saetermoe, C. (2011). Families and sociological imagination: Synthesis. Symposium at the Western Psychological Association, April.
Saetermoe, C. (2011). The researcher’s perspective behind health disparities. CSUN-PPE Healthy Families Begin with You conference sponsored by the CSUN institute for Community Health and Wellbeing.
Brown, C.J., Levin, A., & Saetermoe, C. (April, 2012). Building Collaborative Partnerships in School-Based Services: Evaluating the Youth of Promise (YOP) Mentoring Program. National Network for Social Work Managers 23rd Annual Management Institute. San Diego, California.
Research and Interests
As a collaborative effort that involved many dedicated faculty and students, I developed and led a 12-year undergraduate program, NIMH Career Opportunities in Research (COR) that was highly successful in training undergraduates who moved on to doctoral programs (59.6%) or other degrees (an additional 36.5%) in psychology or allied fields. Students from the program are now neuroscientists, professors, social workers, researchers, and graduate students. For this program, I developed 9 honors courses, one of which teaches undergraduate students qualitative methods (grounded theory specifically, but introduces many methods generally). COR was a community of scholars and scholar-activists who worked on collaborative research related to mental health. NIH NIMH COR 2001-2011, California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation, 2006-2012.
Another collaborative project I wrote and coordinate is a grant from the NIH’s National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities entitled Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI). This program supports the development of faculty members and students by building a community around health equity research. The central purpose of our RIMI grant is to improve skills in ecologically valid research through working with community health care partners and in ecologically valid laboratory research for certain types of research questions. We provide extensive training from specialists in research methodology and support over 80 faculty members, 20 intensively, and 12 students in cooperative research. NIH NIMHD RIMI 2009-2014, PI: Provost Harold Hellenbrand, Program Coordinator: Carrie Saetermoe
An innovation that links COR and RIMI is our notion of academic-community partnerships. I developed a program, along with the California Endowment, and now Janet Oh runs it, whereby students work as data managers for health-related nonprofits who need assistance in conducting program evaluation and write grants. Both COR and RIMI build communities with high expectations for all involved – faculty conduct new research and write grants and publications based on new training and technology, students build the skills required to succeed in graduate school and STEM-related careers, and local nonprofits benefit from sharing their wisdom with the academic community by integrating data interns who then often assist in program evaluation and grant writing.
I have taken a delegation of undergraduates on two occasions to work at FUNDABIEM, a nonprofit rehabilitation center in Guatemala City (there are actually several campuses of FUNDABIEM, Guatemala City is the largest). There, we conducted research and volunteered, fund-raised and brought out wheelchairs, therapeutic materials, and other resources for the children and adolescents who attend there. We developed workshops for parents on disability stigma, prenatal nutrition, talking with your doctor, and a variety of other topics devised from our first trip. We maintain our relationship with psychology professors from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
Notable Experiences and Awards
1993 CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award (campus-wide)
1997 CSUN Jerome Richfield Scholarship for Research(campus-wide)
2001 National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel, reviewer
2001-2004 National Institute of Mental Health B-Start Review Panel (3 times)
2001-2005 National Institute of Mental Health B-Start Review Panel (3 times)
2001, 2006 National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel, reviewer
2002-2008 Evaluator for CSUN Department of Geology Catalyst Honors Program
2003 CSUN Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award(campus-wide)
2004-2007 National Institute of Mental Health Career Opportunities in Research conference planning/abstract review committee
2008 CSUN Outstanding Professor Award (highest award from campus)
2010-pres Board of Directors, Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
2011 COR-RIMI Neighborhood Empowerment to Reduce Health Disparities Conference, February 10, 9 am – 6:30 pm, Northridge Center, attendance >200.
Federally and Privately Funded Projects
1992-1996 Principal Investigator, NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Transition to Adulthood of Physically Challenged Adolescents, over $300,000 direct
1999-2001 Principal Investigator, NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Culture and Class in the Transition to Adulthood of Adolescents with Medical Conditions, over $200,000 direct
2001-2006 Program Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Facilitating the Advancement of Minority Students in the Social Sciences. Undergraduate Honors Training Program, over $1,000,000 direct
2003-2006 Program Director, NIMH Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (M-RISP) – Center for the Psychological Study of Urban Diversity. Faculty training and pilot projects. $270,000 direct
2003-2006 Principal Investigator, NIMHM-RISPsubproject – Life Chances For Low Income Latino Youth., support and research, over $180,000 direct
2004, 2005 Principal Investigator, Department ofEducation,CIRRIE(Centerfor International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange) award for travel to Guatemala to conduct research on services for youth with disabilities, Over $1600 annually for 2 years (additionally, 2 other scholars were supported by CIRRIE funds as well on grants that I wrote)
2009-2011 Executive Director, California Endowment Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Undergraduate Honors Training Program, over $300,000 direct
2009-2012 Executive Director, California Wellness Foundation Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Undergraduate Honors Training Program, $180,000 direct
2006-2011 Program Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Facilitating the Advancement of Minority Students in the Social Sciences. Undergraduate Honors Training Program, over $1,000,000 direct
2009-2014 Program Coordinator, National Institutes of Health National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions (RIMI). $4,000,000 direct