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Cerritos College Psi Beta Chapter Receive National Excellence Award

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Psi Beta studentsNORWALK, Calif. – August 24, 2017 – The Cerritos College chapter of Psi Beta was honored at the annual American Psychological Association national convention in Washington, D.C. Professor of Psychology at Cerritos College Dr. Kimberley Duff, Debra Bragg, Princess Florendo, Carlos Osorio, and Samantha Zamorano attended the conference.

The Cerritos College chapter received the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award. The national award recognizes a chapter that have exceeded the mission of Psi Beta -- professional development of psychology students at community colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

Debra Bragg presented her original research How Instructor Attire, Body Language, and Verbal Habits Impact Student Learning that she conducted in Dr. Duff's research methods course.

“The students represented Cerritos College at the national level and were commended for their level of scholarship and professionalism. I know that this experience made a great impact on them as they continue their academic journey in psychological science," said Dr. Duff.

“Going to the APA conference showcased the opportunities available in all areas of psychology,” said Debra. “The speakers and presenters highlighted how versatile you can be, and that your research is limited only by your own imagination.”

Debra plans to transfer to California State University, Long Beach in spring, and advance her education to graduate school and achieve a Ph.D.


About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at



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