Child and Adolescent Development

Roxanne Moschetti

Headshot of Dr. Roxanne Moschetti
Associate Professor
Office location:
SQ 280-G


Dr. Moschetti received her Ph.D. and Master's degree at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Chico. She began teaching at Cal State Northridge as a lecturer in 2008. In 2011, she joined the tenure-line faculty after completing a developmental psychology postdoctoral fellowship at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany.
Dr. Moschetti’s research focuses on the development and well-being of underrepresented and understudied adolescents and young adults with a specific focus on the transition from high school into college. She is particularly interested in investigating the attitudes, experiences, social support systems, and knowledge among students who are first in their family to attend college, using the lens of social capital theory.

CADV 150—Foundations of Child and Adolescent Development
CADV 310—Developmental Impacts of Abuse & Neglect
CADV 350—Applied Cognitive Development
CADV 352—Applied Social Development
CADV 373—Emerging Adulthood
CADV 380—Methods of Child and Adolescent Study 
CADV 452—Child Advocacy
CADV 460—Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Culture in Development
CADV 470—Advanced Theories and Concepts
CADV 495—Graduate School Skills and Applied Research Training

Selected Publications

Moschetti, R. V., Plunkett, S. W., Efrat, R., & Yomtov, D. (2017). Peer mentoring as social capital for Latina/o college students at a Hispanic Serving Institution. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 1-18.

Moschetti, R. V. & Hudley, C. (2015). Social capital among understudied college students: Low-income White males. In C. Hudley (Ed), Adolescent Itentity and Schooling: Diverse Perspectives (Chapter 9). New York: Routledge.

Moschetti, R. V. & Hudley, C. (2015). Social capital and academic motivation among first-generation community college students. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(3), 235-251.

Selected Presentations

Yomtov, D., Moschetti, R., & Plunkett, S. W. (2016, April). Peer mentors as a form of social support to first-year Latino students. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Hernandez, G., Villanueva, A., Mitchell, H., Khachatourian, V., Alvarez, K., Moschetti, R., & Plunkett, S. (2016). Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Peer Mentoring Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution. Poster presented at Western Psychological Association, April 2016.

Villanueva, A., Hernandez, G., Moschetti, R., & Plunkett, S. (2016). Effects of peer mentoring on college student integration and perceived support at a Hispanic serving institution. Poster Presented for CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, February 2016.

Moschetti, R. V., Bakhtiari, Yomtov, Plunkett, S. (2015). An exploration of mentoring relationships among first-generation college Latino students. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development, March 2015.

Moschetti, R. V. & Hudley, C. (2013, March). Social capital in community college: Where have the relationships gone? Paper presented at Society for Research on Child Development, March 2013, Seattle, Washington.