COR Students by Cohort

COHORT 1 (July 1, 2001-June 30, 2003)

Julie Nguyen worked with Professor Carrie Saetermoe on two projects during her first year with COR-- a previously funded MBRS project, Culture and Class in the Transition to Adulthood of Youth with Medical Conditions, and a newer project, Life Chances for Los Angeles Youth. In her second year with COR, Julie worked with Professor Scott Plunkett. Julie has been trained to perform interviews, code subjective data using various quantitative and qualitative methods, write professional papers, develop databases and enter data, transcribe, and she is quickly becoming a leader. Julie's research was presented at the Society for Research in Adolescence conference in April, 2002. She is now a doctoral student at UC Santa Barbara.

Beatriz Paez worked with Professor Marta Lopez-Garza from the Department of Chicana/o Studies with a group called Community Coalition. She studied the informal foster care of grandparents in the Latino community in South Los Angeles. Her research and her mentor's pedagogy were presented at the International Chicana/o Studies conference in March, 2002. Beatriz was selected for a prestigious summer research position at UCLA and is an observer for visual sociology study in her local environment. Beatriz has overcome health obstacles during her time in the COR program and continues as an undergraduate at CSUN.

Joanna Prado worked with Professor Gary Katz during her time as a COR student. Her research on cultural sensitivity to emotional cues of others has been the focus of her time in COR. She has taken all COR courses from the start, despite her late appointment to the program and was a double-major in Psychology and Child Development. Joanna attended UC Irvine's summer program and worked under world-renowned Professor Allison Clark-Stewart. She is now in a master's program at San Francisco State University.

Gabriela Segura worked with Professor Elizabeth Bartle of the Department of Sociology. They collaborated on two projects-- a research project related to domestic violence and the assessment and implementation of mental health policy for women who receive TANF, and a program evaluation for improving mental health of Latino families through community mobilization work. She presented a paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. A co-authored paper has been accepted for a special issue of the Journal of Poverty. She also attended a summer research fellowship in Washington DC through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

COHORT 2 (July 1, 2002-June 30, 2004)

Rachel Casas: Rachel will be starting the Clinical Neuropsychology PhD program at University of Iowa in Fall 2004. She is the winner of the 2003-2004 CSUN Undergraduate Research Award-- Quantitative. Congratulations, Rachel!

Maria Perez: Maria has graduated from CSUN with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She will continue to take classes through the University Extension program and build her resume for the next year.

Desdamona Rios: Desi will be starting a dual PhD program in Personality Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan in Fall 2004. She is the winner of the 2003-2004 CSUN Undergraduate Research Award- Qualitative. Congratulations, Desi!

Dalia Zabala: Dalia will be starting work on her Master's in Public Policy at Harvard University in Fall 2004. She received an Honorable Mention for CSUN's Undergraduate Research Award- Quantitative 2003-2004. Congratulations, Dalia!

COR Students

COHORT 3 (July 1, 2003-June 30, 2005)

Sandra Abarca: Sandra completed a summer internship at Pennsylvania State University during the summer of 2004. She worked in Professor Scott Plunkett's lab (Department of Family and Consumer Sciences) on the Adolescent Resiliency in Multi-Cultural Communities Project. This project examines the effect of individual, family, and environmental variables on an adolescent's ability to overcome obstacles and succeed.

Gabriela Garcia: Gabriela gave birth to a baby boy in July 2004. Congratulations Gaby and Gustavo!!! She works as the coordinator for Professor Sheila Grant's (Department of Psychology) MAPS project, examining the effects of stereotypes on ethnic minorities. She has worked on both acculturation studies and and a project examining perceived academic achievement.

Fernando Rodriguez, Jr.: Fernando completed his summer research opportunity in Madison at the University of Wisconsin during summer, 2004. Fernando works with Professor Jill Quilici (Department of Psychology).

Evelyn Torres: Evelyn received an award from CSUN's Department of Child and Adolescent Development for all of her hard work during the 2003-2004 school year! She traveled to New York University to complete her summer internship for 2004. She works with Professor David Wakefield (Department of Child and Adolescent Development) on his Cultural Pluralism Project. Currently, they are preparing to collect data from two local high schools.

COR Students

COHORT 4 (July 1, 2004-June 30, 2006)

Amber Belcher is a student in clinical psychology at the University of Delaware. Her research relates to close relationships and whether or not they buffer stress in cancer patients. She works with patients at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. She’s analyzing her data using HLM!

Michelle Maciel is a clinical psychology student at Alliant University. Her research interests are related to the care of older adults, sexuality, and health.

Adam Murry has been working hard at UPS and is applying to programs in Industrial Organizational Psychology this year.

Jose Vargas is a doctoral student in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. His interest is in social justice generally as it is applied by the law.


COR Students

COR Students

COHORT 5 (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2007)

Brian Choi is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. His research relates to the ethnic identity formation of Asian American youth.
Nyaisha Craigwell was invited to Northwestern University but had to decline due to the recent death of her father and move of her mother to New York City. So… Nyaisha’s in New York and doing great!

Edith Gurrola is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. Her research relates to using Participatory Action Research to understand community empowerment and involvement. I am also interested in identity, immigration, education, latinos/as, and the media. I hope to work toward disseminating research to the public through media.

Eunice Kwon is a doctoral student in Clinical Health Psychology at Loma Linda University Medical School. She is interested in health psychology and receptivity to alternative medicine.

Gabriel Nunez is a doctoral student at UC Berkeley in Political Science. His research interests lie in better understanding how global warming and environmental issues in general will influence global politics and human well-being.

Gerardo Ramirez is a doctoral student in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Chicago. Gerardo works in the Human Performance lab of Dr. Sian Beilock. Some topics explored in his lab are attention and executive control of complex cognitive and sensorimotor skills, expertise and the memorial substrate of skill execution, and individual differences in working memory, problem solving and performance under pressure.

Daniel Ravanshenas is an MFT student at University of Southern California.


Tejah Duckworth is an undergraduate working with Professor Bradley McAuliff and will apply next year for programs that link sociology, psychology, and the law. She’s studying for the GRE, LSAT, and will position herself to apply to programs related to social justice.

Thom De Mirani is an undergraduate working with Professor Gabriela Chavira and applying to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. Thom’s research interests relate to major mental health issues including schizophrenia. Thom is waiting to hear from programs. Good luck, Thom!

Aaron Foley is currently an undergraduate student working with Professor Sun-Mee Kang. His research interests lie in multiracial identity formation and maintenance. He’s already been invited to several programs this year! Good luck, Aaron!

Michelle Hartzog is an undergraduate working with Professor Karin Stanford. She has applied to programs in Sociology related to her research interest in the academic successes of African American women and their strategies to override social pressure that diverts attention away from education. Michelle is waiting to hear from doctoral programs. Good luck, Michelle!

Elvia Lorena Navarro is currently an undergraduate student working with Professor Gabriela Chavira. Her research interests lie in educational equality and understanding Latino educational influences and goals in different settings. Lorena’s been flying all over the country for interviews for programs in Counseling Psychology


Antoine Barton is working with Professor Sheila Grant on a project related to the academic success of students of color.

Nina Lauharatanahirun works with Professor Kang and is interested in decision-making as it applies to the environment.

Nouran Mahmoud is working with Professor Razani on a project that provides evidence for differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Syndrome and Fronto-Temporal Dementia.

Bertha Nash is working with Professor Oh on the development and maintenance of heritage languages. She is interested in knowing under what circumstances individuals who were brought up bilingual choose to use their language and how their language proficiency and use influences their coping skills.

Crislyn Nefas is working with Professor Bradley McAuliff on a project related to juror’s deliberations and the types of heuristic errors that can be made.

Christine Ramirez is working with Professor Kazemi on a project related to creativity and mental health.

Nicole Torrence is working with Professor Razani on a project that provides evidence for differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Syndrome and Fronto-Temporal Dementia.