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Patrick Malaret 2013

Congratulations to Patrick Malaret (2013), who has finished his teaching credential and has just been hired to teach 7th grade math at American Canyon Middle School in Napa Valley. He will also be teaching an elective class and is thinking of teaching behavior modification so that students can learn the basics of positive reinforcement and token systems. Eventually Patrick will be pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology. (6/23/14)

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Mark Fields 2007

Mark Fields (2007) is currently serving as Minister, Middle and High School Ministry, at Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier. (3-20-2014)

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Heather Mesa 2010

Congratulations to Heather Mesa (2010), who has been accepted to the PhD program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology at Fielding Graduate University! Heather will begin the program in May 2014.

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Valerie Elwell 2008

Valerie Elwell (2008) currently lives in Fresno, CA. She worked as a Behavioral Therapist with children with Autism for 4 years at Pacific Child and Family prior to completing her MA in Marriage, Child, Family Counseling from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in 2013. She is gaining hours for her MFT license at Link Care Counseling Center and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member in the undergraduate Psychology department at Fresno Pacific University.

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Ricky Colombo (2010)

Ricky Colombo (2010) is enjoying being in the Applied Behavior Analysis option of the M.S. in Psychology program at California State University Los Angeles. As Ricky says of the behavioral approach, “The natural contingencies of reinforcing good behavior or extinguishing unwanted behavior is Godly. He is always present in the natural world.” Ricky encourages current psychology majors to explore Applied Behavior Analysis as a career path!

Graduation 2013!

Congratulations to the 88 students graduating in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology from Vanguard University!image4

Nancy Diaz 2013

Nancy Diaz (2013) is employed by Autism Interventions and Resources, in Laguna Hills. The agency provides Applied Behavior Analysis to children and families affected by developmental disabilities. Nancy started out as a Behavior Interventionist and has recently been promoted to Behavior Consultant. In this role, Nancy trains and observes parents, helping them to consistently apply the interventions recommended for their children.

Rachelle Garcia 2012

Rachelle Garcia (2012) is a caseworker at Boys Republic, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters. “I love my new job and I finally understand the feeling, ‘love what you do and you will not have to work a day in your life.'”

Joel Johnson 2008

Congratulations to Joel Johnson (2008), who has been accepted to the UC Irvine School of Medicine MD program! Joel was our 2008 “Outstanding Student in Psychology”!

Psi Chi Inductees 2012

Congratulations to the 41 Psychology majors inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology! New Psi Chi members include the following: Shannon Ardrey, Ursula Auger, Elisha Avne, Christa N. Call, Carson Carpenter, Michelle Cavanagh, Laila Collman, Matt Cowan, Candice Dobson, Katy Erhardt, Samantha Espartero, Teresa Flores, Rachel Gamboa, Dora Garcia, Sunshine Golson, Diane Hopkins, John Hosier, Anita Israel, Amanda Ives, Lauren “Ellie” Kaiser, Lauren Keating, Sophia Kendrick, Sarah Kershner, Shannon Laskey, Leslie Lockridge, Debora Mabry, Moneh Magdaleno, Patrick Malaret, Javier A. Melgoza, Dixie Moak, Tracy A. Morales, Claudia Otis, Elizabeth Ramirez, Carissa Robles, Maria Ruiz, Lara Stauffer, Ashley Tebeau, Rachel Michelle Toth, Dana Tull, Jasmine Villalta, Deborah Wieland.

In the photo, from left to right, Dr. K.J. Hummel (Chair, Department of Psychology), Ms. Sheryl Curl, RN, MFT (Invited Speaker), Dr. Elizabeth Powell (Psi Chi Faculty Advisor), Lauren East (Psi Chi Co-President), David Badoud (Psi Chi Co-President)