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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

 Adjunct Faculty: 

  • Craig Baker, M.A.
  • Virginia Beas, M.A.
  • Karen Beck, M.A. 
  • Jeffery Butler, Ph.D.
  • Michael Farris, Ed.D
  • Melissa Ferguson, Ph.D.
  • Todd Gaffaney, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
  • Arturo Garcia, M.A.
  • Aaron Jasso, Psy.D.
  • Erica Ledezma, M.A.
  • Christian Maldonado, MSW
  • Heather McLernon, M.A.
  • Janie Nath, M.A.
  • James Neuse, Ph.D.
  • Keri Pesanti, Psy.D
  • Hilda Pozos Flores, M.A. 
  • Carlos Sandoval, M.A. 
  • Patricia Singim, M.A. 
  • Mary Ann Larson, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Vincent, M.A. 
  • Michael Wheeler, M.A. 

Psychology Department News and Announcements

--Download the AA-T in Psychology DegreePDF document

--Psychology Day 2017 is just around the corner. The event will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 and is available to all students at no charge. The goal for this event is to raise awareness about Psychology as a scientific discipline and to provide wonderful growth and networking opportunities for students interested in Psychology. To register for the event: window


-- Psychology Tutoring is available for FREE in the student success center (study room in the Library Computer Lab). The tutoring hours for Spring 2017 are as follows: 

Samuel Valle TTH 3:30-5:30 pm

John Feri W 2:00-4:00 pm

Please take advantage of this great opportunity to get extra help with your Psychology classes! 

-- The Psi Beta (National Honor Society in Psychology) deadline is February 14, 2017. Please see Dr. Duff, Dr. Ronquillo, or Dr. Gaffaney for more details on how to get involved!

-- PSYC 210 (with a grade of "C" or higher) is one of the pre-requisites for PSYC 220, Research Methods. 

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--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 pagenew window 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