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)
Madison Bennett (2015) has been hired as a Behavior Interventionist by Nyansa Learning Corporation of Orange County, CA! Nyansa Learning Corporation is a dynamic group of experienced educators who provide in-home behavior intervention services for children with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families. The Nyansa team is comprised of behavior analysts from various backgrounds including, psychology, counseling, and education. (5/13/14)
Mark Fields (2007) is currently serving as Minister, Middle and High School Ministry, at Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier. (3-20-2014)
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.
Congratulations to the 45 students recently inducted into Vanguard University’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology!
The psychology department celebrated the 20th year of Vanguard University’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology! Forty-five students were honored as recent inductees into Psi Chi! Dr. Soha Heidari was the invited guest speaker, talking to our students about careers in psychology.
The Psychology Department at Vanguard University welcomes new professor, Dr. Michael Hanna. Dr. Hanna comes to the department with a PhD in Biological Sciences, specializing in Neurobiology and Behavior. He is currently teaching General Psychology and Biological Psychology and will be teaching Cognitive Psychology in future semesters. Dr. Hanna has a love for teaching and mentoring students and his contributions are already being felt and appreciated by his colleagues and students.
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!
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.