Office: Humanities 220
Full Time Instructor, Psychology
MS in Counseling Psychology, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
BA in Psychology, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
I am very proud to have received by B.A. in Psychology and my M.S. in Counseling Psychology from MSMU. I am currently working on completing my PhD in Human Development and Psychology from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. In my free time, I enjoy walking my shih-tzu (named Freud) or spending time with my family and friends.
I have been at the Mount in many capacities over the years and I believe strongly in the Mount’s mission of educating and empowering women to be leaders in our communities.
Research Topics of Interest
My research focuses primarily on educational outcomes for ethnic minorities across the educational pipeline. Other research interests examines the psychological outcomes of immigrant-origin youth. More recently, my research is focused on examining bias in elementary school teachers in relation to differential disciplinary actions and how this impacts educational achievement and motivation.
PSY 1- Introduction to Psychology
PSY 103- Applied Psychology
PSY 106/Lab- Basic Research Methods and Lab
PSY 113- Learning in Children and Adolescents across Cultures
Katsiaficas, D., Volpe, V., Raza, S. S., & Garcia, Y. (2017). The Role of Campus Support, Undocumented Identity, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Civic Engagement for Latinx Undocumented Undergraduates. Child Development, 1-18.
Suárez-Orozco, C., Katsiaficas, D., Birchall, O., Alcantar, C. M., Hernandez, E., Garcia, Y., Michikyan, M., Cerda, J., & Teranishi, R. T. (2015). Undocumented Undergraduates on College Campuses: Understanding Their Challenges and Assets and What It Takes to Make an Undocufriendly Campus. Harvard Educational Review, 85 (3), 427-463.