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Cerritos College Psychology Department

The Psychology Department at Cerritos College offers courses in abnormal psychology, biological psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, research methods and statistics, among others.  The faculty in the Psychology department are committed to preparing students to successfully complete a bachelor's degree in psychology at a four-year college or university.  The department also has opportunities for students to become involved with directed research studies with faculty, and many of our students have presented their original research at national psychology conferences. Students also have the opportunity to network and serve the larger community in two clubs, Psychology Club and/or Active Minds. Eligible students may also join our Psi Beta chapter, which is a National Honor Society in Psychology for two-year colleges.

Full-time Faculty

Full-time Faculty: (Emeritus)

  • Darryl K. Beale, Ph.D. (Retired)
  • William Dunroe, Ph.D., (Retired)
  • Todd W. Gaffaney, Ph.D (Retired)

Adjunct Faculty: 

  • Craig Baker, M.A.
  • Janie Nath, M.A.
  • Virginia Beas, M.A.
  • Thomas Norris, Psy.D.
  • Karen Beck, M.A.
  • Keri Pesanti, Psy.D.
  • Michael Farris, M.A.
  • Melissa Ferguson, M.A.
  • Patricia Singim, M.A.
  • Mary Ann Larson, Ph.D.

Psychology Department News and Announcements

-- PSYCHOLOGY DAY conference is on April 11th, 2014 from 8:30-3:00 pm. This all-day event will include psychology related workshops, guest speakers, student research poster session, transfer and alumni panel, and a lunch social hour. This event is free and open to all students who want to learn more about psychology as a scientific field of study. If you have a research project that you are interested in presenting, copy and paste this link into a new broswer:

-- Psi Beta Application deadline -- February 4, 2014. Please see Dr. Duff, Dr. Ronquillo, or Dr. Gaffaney for more details and eligibility requirements.

-- Need help with your Psych classes? Please visit our Psychology Tutor, Abe, in the Success Center (LC167) during the following hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:30. He is a Cerritos College alumnus and received his B.A. in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. He strongly suggests emailing him and letting him know what you will be needing help with prior to seeing him in his office hours at:

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-- Looking for a psychology-related club to join? Active Minds meets on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 in SS212. Psychology Club/Psi Beta meets on Tuesdays from 11:00-12:00 in SS215. There are tons of great opportunities offered by both clubs, come check us out!

--The Western Psychological Association (WPA) convention was a huge success for Cerritos College and many of our Psychology faculty and students presented original research and attended the convention.  Congratulations to everyone! For more information visit the WPA home page or see a press release from Cerritos College.

--Want to learn about careers and educational opportunities related to psychology from former Cerritos College students?  Visit the our new and informative site:  Mentoring through Alumni in Psychology (MAP).

--TIPS for psychology majors or those thinking about majoring in psychology.  Do you want receive an A.A. degree in psychology from Cerritos College or want to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a B.A. degree in psychology?  You will find TIPS for selecting the right courses for the major for transferring and what Cerritos College has to offer psychology students like specialized courses, activities and other opportunities to interact with psychology faculty.

--Cerritos College Chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for two-year colleges, wins award!  To learn more about the Cerritos College Psychology Club and Psi Beta see the links to the upper-left.

--Cerritos College Psychology Students Present Research at the University of North Colorado


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