Psychology Department Newsletter

November 2001

Spring 2002 Classes

The Spring 2002 class schedule is out so it's time to plan for next semester. Be sure to visit the department Advisement Center as soon as possible. The advisors can help you select the best classes for your interests and goals. They also have tips for sequencing classes and information on career and graduate school options. The Advisement Center is currently located in H-507 (phone 278-3102). Sign-up sheets are posted outside the office.

Spring Elective Courses 

Consider taking one of the elective courses being offered in the Spring 2002 semester.

Grad students will be interested in taking Psychology 520T, the variable topic seminar course. Dr. Marelich will be teaching Advanced Anova Designs and Longitudinal Research. This course will be a mixture of advanced ANOVA topics with research creativity tasks (i.e., conceptual framing). ANOVA topics would cover multivariate repeated measures, HLM, latin square design, etc. Research creativity would include readings/discussion dealing with how we think about research, basic vs. applied research, theory generation, and application of metaphors. The course will alternate statistics topics with research topics. Psych 465 is the only prerequisite. Other sections of the 520T course this spring include Advanced Developmental Psychology, taught by Dr. Gottfried, and Personality Test Construction, taught by Dr. Mearns. This seminar will focus on the creation and validation of measures of psychological characteristics. The class will cover definition of variables; methods for creating questionnaire, projective and behavioral measures of personality; and methods for validating tests. Student projects frequently can be developed into master's thesis proposals.

Internships for Spring or Intersession - Act Now!

You can take internships that are in the areas of clinical/counseling, business/industrial/organizational, or in many other areas such as child, family, or adult development, research, probation, health, social issues, and a range of other options.

Check the schedule of classes for the section of Psych 495 (Field Placement in Psychology) that is right for you (Dr. Harrigan offers clinical placements, while Dr. Blackman supervises I/O, and Dr. Stohs handles general placements in many different areas). Sign up or call for an appointment with the faculty member you need in order to talk about your interests. Intersession sections for I/O and Generic are also available.

Obtain the appropriate Internship Application Form either from the Internship Office (H-507) or the Psychology Office (H-830M) or, for generic sites, from:

Colloquium Series

The Fall Colloquium Series features talks by:

All talks are scheduled at 1:00 PM in room H-609.

Meet Dr. Marelich

Dr. William D. Marelich joined the Psychology Department in 1999. He teaches quantitative methods courses including Advanced Psychological Statistics and  Multivariate Statistics, and he has also taught Health Psychology and Psychology of Sports. He received his B.A.and M.A. in Psychology from CSU Sacramento (with a minor in Music). He completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at Claremont Graduate University in 1997. His dissertation addressed romantic jealousy in intimate relationships. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Marelich was a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA in the NIMH AIDS Research Training Program. He continues to be a consulting statistician with Health Risk Reduction Projects, a health-research group associated with the UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Program. 

Dr. Marelich's research interests include decision-making strategies in health and organizational settings, the influence of social norms on health-related behaviors, the psychology of close relationships, and statistical/methodological approaches in experimental and applied research. He has publications in journals such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, AIDS Care, and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

Dr. Marelich had a previous life as an employed musician, playing R&B saxophone with the groups "Transistor" and "On Air" in the Sacramento area, and he actually played with the Temptations. His hobbies and interests these days center on surfing, weight lifting, and being a San Francisco Giants and Sacramento Kings fan.

Featured Speaker: Eugene Pogany

Clinical psychologist Eugene Pogany will be the guest at the APSSC Lunchtime Discussion on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1 PM in H-519A. Dr. Pogany is the author of In My Brother's Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith After the Holocaust. This book traces the lives of Pogany's father and uncle as they struggled to survive life as Jews in Hungary during the holocaust. 

Visit the department Web site

Take a look at the department's Web site at You can find information on faculty, advisement, and links to useful sources of information for psychology majors.  And don't forget the many campus career resources such as the Career Planning and Placement Center and the Center for Careers in Teaching.

Alumni Focus - Cesar Carbajal

 Cesar Carbajal is a 1999 graduate with a B.A. in Psychology. Cesar says that he was initially uncertain about his career goals, but that after taking research methods and computer applications, he became fascinated by how human behavior could be empirically measured, analyzed and most importantly, understood. He took Advanced Statistics and enrolled in an internship at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) located on the CSUF campus. Dr. Greg Robinson, the SSRC director and psychology statistics professor, provided Cesar with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained from his academic experience. Cesar says that it was then that he "realized the effect and practicality of my academic training." After graduation, the courses and training received at CSUF gave Cesar a competitive edge in he job market. With a strong statistics background, proficiency in SPSS, and hands-on experience from his work at the SSRC, Cesar was hired as a research analyst by a market research firm. Within months, he was promoted to project manager; recently, he was named as a research consultant; in this position, client interaction and consulting are part of his everyday duties. He travels throughout the U.S. conducting both quantitative and qualitative studies. His clients include McDonald’s, Edison Capital, Black & Decker, Ingram Micro, and Canon. Cesar has kept in contact with many of his professors: "Establishing a strong relationship with my professors proved to be paramount to my academic success as well as success in the job market. Being able to count on some of them when challenged in the “real world” proved to be among the most valuable assets offered by CSUF."

Student Organizations

Take part in one (or more!) of the department's student organizations. The organizations sponsor speakers, workshops, and the annual Psych Day.

Thinking of Grad School?

The CSUF psychology department has two outstanding graduate programs: the Master of Arts in general psychology and the Master of Science in clinical psychology. The application deadline for next year (Fall 2002) is March 1. You must apply directly to the psychology department -- it is not sufficient to be admitted to the university as an "unclassified" graduate student. The application forms may be filled out and printed on-line at the department Web site. The address for the M.A. program is and the M.S. program materials are at 

Grad Checks for Fall 2002 Graduates

Students planning on graduating in Fall 2002 (yes, a year from now!) should file for a grad check immediately by filling out a form in UH-180. The deadline for filing is Feb. 1; however, because grad checks are taking longer to process these days, you should try to submit the form right away. 

Department News

Dr. Richard Lippa's new book, Gender, Nature, and Nurture, was just published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. The book examines the evidence on the nature-nurture debate that surrounds gender differences. The impact of nature and nurture on gender is examined from the perspectives of genetics, molecular biology, evolutionary theory, neuroanatomy, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Gender, Nature, and Nurture applies the nature-nurture debate to such topical public policy questions as: *Should girls and boys be reared alike? *Should schools treat girls and boys alike, and *Is same-sex education beneficial or harmful to children?

Dr. Lippa's latest research on gender differences in finger length, conducted with student Michael Cassens, was discussed in a recent Los Angeles Times opinion section article.

Dr. Navarick was featured in the latest issue of Syllabus, a periodical that focuses on technology in higher education. The article described Dr. Navarick's innovative uses of PowerPoint and Word for presentations in large sections of Introductory Psychology. The article is also available at the Syllabus web site.

The University recently recognized three psychology faculty who had books published in 2001: Dr. Lippa for his book on gender, Dr. Woll for his book on Everyday Thinking, and Dr. Birnbaum for his books on Psychological Experiments on the Internet and Introduction to Behavioral Research on the Internet.

The fall semester student-faculty bowl-a-thon in the Titan Student Union was a great success. Thanks to all the students and faculty who were able to attend.

Dr. Birnbaum will be training social psychologists to conduct experiments on the Web, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Fifteen social psychologists from around the country will be visiting Fullerton for a week this January to take part in the training course.

Mark your calendars for two important events during the spring semester: Psych Day will be held on April 18, 2002. Psych Day will feature invited speakers and information sessions on topics ranging from careers to graduate school. The Western Psychological Association meeting is scheduled for April 11-14, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine.


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