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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

  • Veronica Sanchez, Ph.D. Office: SS 18 SS Ext. 2718

Adjunct Faculty: 

  • Craig Baker, M.A.
  • Virginia Beas, M.A.
  • Karen Beck, M.A.
  • Irene Brandt, M.A.
  • Dan Chiappe, Ph.D.
  • Wilson Chu, Ph.D.  
  • Michael Farris, Ed.D
  • Melissa Ferguson, Ph.D.
  • Todd Gaffaney, Ph.D. 
  • Arturo Garcia, M.A.
  • Erica Ledezma, M.A.
  • Christian Maldonado, MSW
  • Heather McLernon, M.A.
  • Janie Nath, M.A.
  • James Neuse, Ph.D.
  • Keri Pesanti, Psy.D
  • Veronica Sanchez, Ph.D. 
  • Carlos Sandoval, M.A. 
  • Patricia Singim, M.A.
  • Heather St. John, M.A. 
  • Vanessa Streiff, M.A.
  • Mary Ann Larson, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Vincent, M.A. 

Psychology Department News and Announcements

--View our AA-T in Psychology Degree here:

-- Psychology Tutoring is available for FREE in the student success center. The tutoring hours are on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30 and Thursdays from 11:00-2:00 pm in LC169. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to get extra help with your Psychology classes! 

-- Visit our Psi Beta, a National Honor Society in Psychology, website here: 

-- Looking for a Psychology-related club to join? 

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!

-- Active Minds is an organization run by students for students on college campuses. Active Minds works to increase students awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community. We welcome everyone to our meetings and events.  The meetings are every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30 pm, in SS138. 

-- Effective Fall 2014: PSYC 210 (with a grade of "C" or higher) is now one of the pre-requisites for PSYC 220, Research Methods. 

-- Psi Beta Application deadline. February 2, 2016.  Please see Dr. Duff, Dr. Ronquillo, or Dr. Gaffaney for more details and eligibility requirements.

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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 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