Associate Directors

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    Allen Gottfried, phd Founder & Director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study
    Academic affiliations included California State University, Fullerton, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University School of Public Health,
    Among honors/awards, fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society and Western Psychological Association. For additional publications by Dr. Gottfried click here.




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    Adele Eskeles Gottfried, phd is Professor of Educational Psychology, at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and co-directs the Fullerton Longitudinal Study. She has received numerous professional awards, honors, and distinctions including: Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Western Psychological Association; Inaugural Fellow of American Educational Research Association; Western Psychological Association Social Responsibility Award; MENSA Award for Excellence in Research; Outstanding Faculty Award, CSUN; and University Research Fellow, CSUN. She has authored the Children’s Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (CAIMI) (PAR inc.); numerous scientific books, chapters, and articles in the areas of academic intrinsic motivation, parenting and motivation, intellectual and motivational giftedness, home environment, and parental employment and children’s development. She serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and was Associate Editor of Child Development. Her research has received national and international recognition, and her study of parental employment served as a basis for a California Supreme Court ruling.

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    Diana Wright Guerin, phd Diana Wright Guerin, Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies Emeritus, earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at UCLA in 1987 and joined the faculty in Child and Adolescent Studies at CSUF in 1989. She is Associate Director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, and she served on its staff since its inception. During her career, she was elected to several leadership positions, including chair of the Academic Senate of the California State University system, chair of the CSUF Academic Senate, and president of the Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Guerin authored numerous funded research proposals co-authored nearly 30 book chapters, books, and peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the recipient of the CSUF Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award and is a Fellow of the Western Psychological Association. Dr. Guerin’s specific research activities focus on the developmental correlates of children’s temperament and intellectual development, personality, and leadership.

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    Pamella Oliver, PHD Pamella Oliver, Ph.D., joined California State University, Fullerton as a faculty member in 2001 with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, having earned her Master’s degree in psychology at CSUF. She is a professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, a fellow of the Western Psychological Association, co-director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study and has served in leadership positions in the University and College of Health and Human Development. She was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Member of the College in 2014. She is currently the Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Programs and provides leadership and administrative functions for Academic Programs in degree planning and curriculum development, student success, and quality assurance for the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and her specific research interests focus on children’s temperament and the influence of the family on child and adolescent positive development.

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    Ronald E. Riggio, phd Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. His B.S. in Psychology is from Santa Clara University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside. His research interests are: leadership development, charismatic and transformational leadership, and emotional and nonverbal communication. He has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, and is the author or editor of 16 books, including his textbook, Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (now in its 7th edition), and co-author with Bernard Bass of Transformational Leadership (2nd edition). Dr. Riggio is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. He worked for several years as a consultant, and has taught at several campuses of the University of California, and at California State University, Fullerton, before coming to CMC.

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    Kathleen Preston, Phd Kathleen Preston is associate professor at California State University, Fullerton where she was a recipient of an award for an outstanding faculty member for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and has recently been recognized by the University President as a 'campuswide leader'. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary research interests are in quantitative methodology, specifically utilizing psychometric theory to develop and refine psychological measurement tools. Dr. Preston is an expert in IRT analyses and longitudinal modeling and has many publications in this area. She has given numerous invited statistical presentations and workshops at WPA, universities, and federal government agencies. To learn more about Dr. Preston's work beyond the FLS, click here.

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    Michelle Ramos, Phd Michelle C. Ramos, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She received her B.S. in psychology and preprofessional science from the University of Notre Dame, her M.A. in psychology from CSUF, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed her clinical internship at the UC San Diego School of Medicine/VA Medical Center - Children's Hospital. Her research primarily focuses on child and adolescent development within the family context, with an emphasis on youths’ vulnerability versus resilience to family stress, conflict and violence. She is particularly interested in the intergenerational connection between family aggression and youths’ own conflict and aggression in peer and romantic relationships, with a focus on conflict via electronic/social media.  She also investigates the impact of positive family relationships on youths’ functioning. She employs several methodologies, including mobile technology and daily questionnaires, direct observations of child and family interactions, and physiological assessment to understand fluctuations in youth functioning and family processes.

Current Graduate Students

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    Netasha K. Pizano, B.A. Netasha K. Pizano is a first year graduate student in the Psychological Research program. She graduated from Chapman University where her research interests focused on high-risk populations, such as minority pregnant women and their children throughout development. Netasha is currently affiliated with the Fullerton Longitudinal Study and the Quantitative Methodology Graduate Lab.
    Her broad research and clinical interests surround infant temperament, adolescent well-being and relationships, family dynamics, and child and adolescent measures. Netasha is concerned with the predictors and outcomes of positive family relationships and employs longitudinal designs and multi-sample structural equation models to investigate such relations. Netasha will continue to pursue her academic and career objectives that emphasize child and adolescent development, well-being, and social abnormalities.

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    Dina Naji, B.S. Dina Naji, B.S. is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at California State University, Fullerton. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego where she was a research assistant in a positive emotion and affective research lab, as well as a pediatric mild traumatic brain injury lab. Her current research interests are in quantitative methodology in the behavioral sciences, working alongside her advisor, Dr. Kathleen Preston. Dina works as the graduate statistics advisor for the psychology department computer lab and as a graduate assistant for various statistics courses. She also works as a graduate research assistant for a research center in the Department of Education at CSUF.

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    Danielle M. Rodgers, B.A. Danielle M. Rodgers, B.A. is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at California State University, Fullerton. She is a research assistant for CSUF’s quantitative methodology lab and the Fullerton Longitudinal Study. Working under the auspices of Kathleen Preston, Ph.D., Danielle is studying the theory and application of structural equation modeling (SEM) and item response theory (IRT). Her current research projects include longitudinal modeling of resilience and intrinsic motivation development, construction of a scale which measures academic resilience, and simulation research involving “not applicable” responses within IRT framework. Upon completion of her M.A. degree, Danielle will pursue a doctoral degree in quantitative methodology.

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