2018-2019 Executive Board Members
Dr. Alejandro Morales - Advisor
Dr. Alejandro Morales is an associate professor of Psychology. He conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies in understanding the psycho-social-cultural mechanisms of adjustment in Latino immigrant families with children who serve as translators and interpreters (i.e., language brokers). His research also focuses on identifying the processes that facilitate the psychological wellbeing of Latino gay men. He teaches courses on abnormal psychology, basic counseling skills, intimate relationships, human sexuality, and couple's therapy. He received his PhD and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his BA in Psychology from the California State University, Dominguez Hills.
When not teaching, meeting with students to talk about research and graduate school, Dr. Morales enjoys watching documentaries. He is a fan of Harry Potter, butterflies, and any fantasy creature. For more information visit his office. His hobbies include, reading non-psychology related books, cooking Mexican food, watching movies, and taking walks at the mall.
Jessy Navarro - President
Year: 4th year Psychology major with Minor in Spanish
Quote: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Michael Jordan
Psychology Interests: Counseling/Clinicial Psychology. Also interested in Ethnic-Racial Identity and its relationship to mental health outcomes, such as body image, eating disorders, etc.
Hobbies: Sleeping, Comics, video games, movies
Experience: Research assistant for Dr. Morales, Participated in the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan, Psy and Soc Peer Mentor, McNair Scholar, Presented at conferences such as WPA. I want to get a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. I want to be a professor, researcher and have a private practice.
Beverly Cotter - Vice-President
Year: 3rd year Psychology major with Minor in Physiology
Quote: "Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength" -Sonya Sotomayor
Psychology Interests: Neuropsychology/Psycholinguistics
Hobbies: Running, collecting coffee mugs, trying new coffee shops, traveling, and trying new food!
Experience: Right now, I'm just figuring things out, but after my undergraduate, I plan on applying to medical school to hopefully become a Neurologist. I'm a Psychology & Sociology Peer Mentor for Cohort 12, a student success coach for C.L.A.S.S. starting in January, and I'm currently interning at Glendale Adventist hospital in their Neuro Telemetry department. This past summer, I traveled to Haiti to provide healthcare to families with my uncle and his colleagues. I was Dr. Eleonora Rossi's research assistant for the past two years, focusing on bilingualism within the Psycholinguistics discipline by using techniques like EEG. Right now, I am a research assistant for Dr. Andrew Steele in the Biology department, still staying within the realm of neuroscience.
Catherine Smith - Treasurer
Year: Senior Year Psychology major with Associates in Business Accounting
Quote: "Don't judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again" - Nelson Mandela
Psychology Interests: Clinical/Education Psychology
Hobbies: I like to go hiking (needs to have a waterfall ) I like to play tennis and go to new places.
Experience: I have conducted research with Dr. Langford last year. This year I am doing research with Dr. Davila. I work as an instructional aid for special education at Richman Elementary in Fullerton (my third year). I want to transfer to graduate school hopefully Fall of 2019.
Clifton Lee - Secretary
Year: 3rd Year Psychology major with Minor in Human Resources Management
Quote: “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere” -Anton Ego, “Ratatouille”
Psychology Interests: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Hobbies: I love playing computer games and reading books. Last book I read completely was Catch-22
Experience: Currently conducting research with Dr. Alejandro Morales. Last school year I helped out Dr. Langford as a research assistant
Kelly Nguyen - Public Relations
Year: 2nd Year Psychology Major with Minor in Human Resources Management
Quote: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain." – Vivian Greene
Psychology Interests: Industrial/Organizational psychology
Hobbies: I love to dance, and i'm a big fashion and makeup enthusiast! Disneyland is basically my second home and i'm a foodie as well!
Experience: I have not conducted any research yet, but am planning to do research very soon. My goal after undergrad is to get my master's degree, possibly my PhD... and work as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist.
Position OPEN - C.L.A.S.S. Council Representative
Sarah Duffy - Historian
Year: 4th Year Psychology major with Minor in Criminal Justice
Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Psychology Interests: Abnormal psychology-forensic psychology
Hobbies: Hiking, concerts/festivals, beach, playing piano
Experience: No research yet but plan to find internship or research by spring quarter!
Daniela Navarro - Fundraising Chair
Year: 2nd Year Psychology Major with Minor in Chicano/Latino Studies
Quote: "Your limit is you"
Psychology Interests: Clinical Psychology
Hobbies: My hobbies include taking care of animals and reading.
Experience: This year I am doing research with Dr. Viviane Seyranian. My goal is to become a clinical psychologist and focus on children and adolescents with mental illnesses