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Toby Rider, PhD - Kinesiology

Toby Rider

 

Associate Professor

Co-Director of the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic ResearchOpens in new window

trider@fullerton.edu

 

 

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Rider is a sports historian.  His research focuses on the dynamic political role of sport in modern society.  He is interested in how sport can be bound up in the throes of social revolution or war, used as a tool or weapon in diplomacy and statecraft, a means to convey ideological beliefs, and a forum for the expression of individual liberation or even widespread political resistance. 

 

Current Project:

Currently, Dr. Rider is researching the history of the right-wing British response to the sporting boycott of apartheid South Africa.  Starting in the early 1960s and intensifying as the anti-apartheid campaign to end British sporting contacts with South Africa began to unfurl, right-wing politicians, groups, media, and members of the public, increasingly connected the issues of race and immigration to their defense of sporting links with South Africa.  For this particular section of society, Dr. Rider argues, defying the boycott became part of a broader effort to reassert white (predominately male) authority in a rapidly shifting multiracial Britain.

 

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Sikes, Michelle, Rider, Toby C., and Llewellyn, Matthew P. eds. Sport and Apartheid South Africa: Histories of Politics, Power, and Protest Opens in new window . New York: Routledge, 2022.
  2. Rider, Toby C. and Llewellyn, Matthew P., “‘For Profit or for Country’: The Daily Mail and the Zola Budd Affair.” Opens in new window In Sports Media History: Culture, Technology, Identity, edited by John Carvalho, 199-211. New York: Routledge, 2021.
  3. Llewellyn, Matthew P. and Rider, Toby C. “Dennis Brutus and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee in Exile,Opens in new window 1966-70.” South African Historical Journal 72, no. 2 (2020): 246-71.
  4. Rider, Toby C. and Llewellyn, Matthew P., “Barbarians, Bridge builders, and Boycott: The British Sports Council’s Fact-Finding Mission to South AfricaOpens in new window .” International Journal of the History of Sport, 36, no. 1 (2019): 24-47.
  5. Rider, Toby C. and Witherspoon, Kevin B., eds., Defending the American Way of Life: Sport, Culture, and the Cold War. FayettevilleOpens in new window : University of Arkansas Press, 2018.  Winner of the North American Society for Sport History 2019 Book Anthology Award.

Janna L. Kim, PhD - Child and Adolescent Studies

Alice Lee

 

Professor

jkim@fullerton.eduOpens in new window

 

Research Interests:

Today’s teens are inundated with implicit and explicit sexual messages, not only from the mass media but also from families, peers, schools, and the larger community. Using a variety of methods, including content analysis, surveys, and in-depth interviews, Dr. Kim examines youths’ sexual socialization experiences, paying close attention to gender and cultural influences and implications for their sexual health.

 

Current Projects:

  • A content analysis of visual images representing young women with varying levels of sexual experience and sexual agency. Women who are described as having more control over their sexual decisions are regarded more favorably by U.S. adults than those with less control, somewhat irrespective of their perceived level of sexual experience.

  • A qualitative study of how young women of color select, interpret, and apply media content in their everyday lives and how gender- and culture-related factors could heighten or dampen their susceptibility to sexually objectifying messages in the media.

 

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Trinh, S. L., & Kim, J. L. (2021). The correlates and reasons for abstinence among Asian Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 27(1), 82-94. doi:10.1037/cdp0000350Opens in new window

  2. Kim, J. L. , Schooler, D., Lazaro, S. K., & Weiss, J. (2018). Brief report: Watching reality TV programs with concurrent sexual and alcohol themes is associated with risky drinking and sexual experiences. Emerging Adulthood, 1-7. doi:10.1177/21676968754920Opens in new window .

  3. Kim, J. L. , & Wells, B. (2017). Assessing alcohol and sexual content on reality dating programs. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 6, 237-254. doi:10.1037/ppm0000098Opens in new window

 

Alice Lee, PhD, MPH - Public Health

Alice Lee

 

Assistant Professor

alicelee@fullerton.edu

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Lee’s research primarily focuses on ovarian cancer epidemiology to better understand factors related to disease prevention and survival. Her work in ovarian cancer has fueled some of her other research interests into various malignancies pertaining to women’s health. Dr. Lee also studies cancer disparities, particularly in the Asian American community.

 

Current Projects:

  • The role of hormonal and reproductive factors in risk of ovarian cancer using data from the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium
  • The impact of endocrine disruptors on female health
  • Examining cancer incidence and tumor characteristics by Asian American ethnic subgroups
  • Addressing the burden of cancer in Asian Americans through community-based programs

 

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Khoja LK, Weber RP, Webb PM,..., Pike MC, Pearce CL, Lee AW. Endometriosis and menopausal hormone therapy impact the hysterectomy-ovarian cancer association. Gynecol Oncol, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.10.088Opens in new window (in press).
  2. Lee AW, Rosenzweig S, Wiensch A,…, Pike MC, Webb PM, Pearce CL. Expanding our understanding of hormones and ovarian cancer risk: the role of incomplete pregnancies. J Natl Cancer Inst, 113(3):301-8, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djaa099Opens in new window
  3. Lee AW. Could microchimerism play a role in ovarian carcinogenesis? Int J Epidemiol, 30(1):95-6, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyaa153Opens in new window
  4. Lee AW, Wu AH, Wiensch A,…, Roman L, Pike MC, Pearce CL. Estrogen plus progestin hormone therapy and ovarian cancer: a complicated relationship explored. Epidemiology, 31(3):402-408, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1097/EDE.0000000000001175Opens in new window
  5. Lee AW, Navajas E, Liu L. Clear differences in ovarian cancer incidence and trends by ethnicity among Asian Americans. Cancer Epidemiol, 61:142-149, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2019.06.005Opens in new window

 

Jose Cervantes, PhD - Counseling

Jose Cervantes

Professor

jcervantes@fullerton.eduOpens in new window

Research Interests:

As a child/adolescent & family psychologist, Dr. Cervantes has emphasized his study and research in the areas of indigenous spirituality, wellness, and cultural diversity. These areas are interwoven within an understanding of values, meaning, and culturally diverse socialization experiences. Spirituality is viewed as a hub within which life decisions are made, and meaning is formed. Together, these result in significant physical and emotional health implications. Commitment to an indigenous perspective includes the Earth as a living system that embodies intelligence and historical wisdom, and provides the necessary foundation for connection, guidance and harmonious relationships.

Current Projects:

Two areas of research focus include: 1) a book contract with co-editor, Dara Vazin (Public Health) on a textbook entitled Spirituality and Health: The Dynamic Bridge of Consciousness and Wellbeing (Cognella); and 2) interest in comparisons of Wellness and Global Leadership styles between university students from the West, and university students from South East Asia.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

1) Cervantes, J.M & McNeil B.W. (Eds.) (2021). Latinx Healing Practices: Psychospiritual Counseling Interventions. Cognella Academic Publishing. https://titles.cognella.com/latinx-healing-practices-9781793519825Opens in new window

2) Bemack F., Chung, R. Cervantes J.M., Bryant – Darvis, T. (2021). Reflections on            Race and Ethnicity within a therapeutic setting.  [Professional Video] American            Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.  https://www.apa.org/pubs/videos/reflections-race-ethnicity-therapeutic-settingOpens in new window

3) Cervantes J.M. (2019) Undocumented Immigration and Adolescent Behavior               Problems: The SALUD Model of Family Therapy with Latinx Youth. In P. Pitta and C. Datchi (EDS.) Integrative Couple and Family Therapies: Contemporary Issues and     Treatment Models, pp 179-198 Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2019-36371-009Opens in new window

4) Cervantes J.M. (In Review) What every mental health professional should know about  postmodern spirituality: A Culturally Diverse Perspective. Professional Psychology.

Gordon Capp, PhD, MSW, LCSW - Social Work

Gordon Capp

 

Assistant Professor

gcapp@fullerton.eduOpens in new window

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Capp’s research focuses on schools as key influences in the social ecology of youth, and how to maximize school climate as a protective influence for students, families, and staff members. In particular, his work examines how school staff contribute to and experience school climate, along with the influence of climate on school safety and social emotional learning.

Current Projects:

  1. Examining school social worker experiences related to COVID-19.
  2. Exploring violence towards teachers and school staff in the U.S.
  3. Development of staff-centric model of climate addressing experiences of nurses and other school staff members.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Capp, G. P., Astor, R.A., & Moore, H. (2021). Positive school climate for school staff? The roles of administrators, staff beliefs, and school organization in high and low resource school districts. Journal of Community Psychology, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22701Opens in new window
  2. Kelly, M. S., Benbenishty, R., Capp, G., Watson, K., & Astor, R. (2021). Practice in a Pandemic: School Social Workers’ Adaptations and Experiences During the 2020 COVID-19 School Disruptions. Families in Society, 102(3), 400-413.  https://doi.org/10.1177%2F10443894211009863Opens in new window
  3. Capp, G., Watson, K., Astor, R. A., Kelly, M. S., & Benbenishty, R. (2021). School Social Worker Voice during COVID-19 School Disruptions: A National Qualitative Analysis. Children & Schools, 43(2), 79-88, https://doi.org/10.1093/cs/cdab007Opens in new window
  4. Capp, G.P., Astor, R.A., Gilreath, T.D. (2020). Exploring patterns of positive and negative school climate experiences among staff members in California. Journal of School Violence. https://doi.org/10.1080/15388220.2020.1862673Opens in new window

Sadeeka Al-Majid, PhD, RN - School of Nursing

Sadeeka Al-Majid

Professor

Graduate Programs Coordinator

sal-majid@fullerton.edu

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Al-Majid has three main research focus areas. 

  1. Cancer-related fatigue and skeletal muscle wasting; exercise to mitigate biobehavioral outcomes of fatigue.
  2. Tissue interface pressure in intraoperative patients and mitigation strategies.
  3. Evidence-based practice; applying research findings to improve patient outcomes.

Current Projects:

  1. Dr. Al-Majid just finished a study where they measured patterns of tissue interface pressure in 150 anesthetized patients during surgical procedures. This is the second study in this program of research.  The goal is to increase awareness of operating nurses of the patterns of interface pressure and their relationship with patient-intrinsic and extrinsic variables.  A manuscript is under review.
  2. ENRICH - Enriching nursing representation to impact Community health.  Dr. Al-Majid is the Project Director of a 5-year (2020-2025) grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The main goal of this grant is to enhance the recruitment and retention of disadvantaged students into graduate nursing programs and promote employment in primary care and medically underserved communities upon graduation. This $3.25 M grant provides financial support (scholarships) to disadvantaged nursing students.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Cervantes-Ortega, M., Du, S., Beigler, K., Al-Majid, S. et al. (2020). Participatory decision-making for cancer care in a high-risk sample of low income Mexican-American breast cancer survivors: The role of acculturation. International Journal of Healthcare, 6(2), 30-43. DOI:10:543/ijh.v6n2p35Opens in new window Opens in new window
  2. Al-Majid, S., Carlson, N., Kiyohara, M., Faith M., & Rakovski, C. (2018).Assessing the degree of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among critical care, oncology and charge nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(6), 310-315. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000620Opens in new window Opens in new window
  3. Al-Majid, S., Vuncanon, B., Carlson, N., & Rakovski, C. (2017). The effect of offloading heels on sacral pressure. Association of Operating Room Nurses Journal, 106 (3), 194-200. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2017.07.002Opens in new window Opens in new window
  4. Al-Majid, S., Wilson, L., Rakovski, C., & Coburn, J. (2015). Effect of exercise on biobehavioral outcomes of fatigue: results of a feasibility study. Biological Research for Nursing, 17(1), 40-8. doi: 10.1177/1099800414523489Opens in new window

 

Tricia Kasamatsu, PhD, ATC - Kinesiology

Tricia Kasamatsu

Associate Professor

Co-Coordinator of Clinical Education, MS in Athletic Training ProgramOpens in new window

tkasamatsu@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Kasamatsu’s primary research focuses on the return to school process after a concussion and the clinical documentation behaviors of athletic trainers. Her interests stem from her previous experience as a credentialed secondary school science teacher and athletic trainer.

Current Projects:

  • Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of a novel, online personalized learning pathway to improve athletic trainers’ knowledge of clinical documentation.
  • Building an academic electronic health record system and developing educational modules to improve clinical documentation in athletic training students.
  • Investigating the perceptions of multiple stakeholders regarding newly credentialed athletic trainers’ transition to practice.
  • Exploring faculty perceptions of the return to school process and academic support for college students after a concussion.

 

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Kasamatsu TM, Valovich McLeod TC, Register-Mihalik JK, Welch Bacon CE. Supporting students after a concussion: School administrators’ perspective. Perspectives in Learning. 2021;29(1): 39-55.
  2. Nottingham SL, Kasamatsu TM, Welch Bacon CE. Documentation practices of athletic trainers employed in clinic, physician practice, and emerging settings. J Athl Train. 2021; 56(3): 243-251. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-0149.20Opens in new window
  3. Kasamatsu TM, Nottingham SL, Eberman LE, Neil ER, Welch Bacon CE. Patient care documentation in the secondary school setting: Unique challenges and needs. J Athl Train. 2020;55(10):1089-1097. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-0406.19Opens in new window
  4. Ha M, Kasamatsu TM, Valovich McLeod TC, Register-Mihalik JK, Welch Bacon CE. Teachers’ knowledge and confidence regarding concussion and return-to-school. J Education and Learning. 2020;9(5):27-37. https://doi.org/10.5539/jel.v9n5p27Opens in new window

Phillip Gedalanga, PhD - Public Health

Phillip Gedalanga

Assistant Professor

pgedalanga@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Gedalanga is primarily interested in understanding the fate and transport of water contaminants and their pathways to human exposures.  His research utilizes molecular and microbiological techniques to estimate the risks to human health from biological and chemical pollutants in our environment.

Current Projects:

  1. Application and validation of microbial source tracking biomarkers to differentiate viable and non-viable targets of human fecal pollution in natural and engineered environments throughout South Orange County, CA.
  2. Understanding the sources and ecological impacts of microplastics pollution in diverse water environments.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute, Colgate University, Interdisciplinary Research Grant, 06/01/19 – 08/31/2022. Project Title:  Investigating the fate and transport of microplastics and their ecological impacts in natural and engineered systems. Role: Co-PI
  2. Zhang, L., Liu, Y., Zhong, M., Li, Z., Dong, Y., & Gedalanga, P. (2021). Insights into enhanced biodegradation of sulfadimethoxine by catalyst: transcriptomic responses and free radical interactions. Science of The Total Environment, 145641
  3. Miao, Y., Johnson, N. W., Phan, T., Heck, K., Gedalanga, P. B., Zheng, X., ... & Mahendra, S. (2020). Monitoring, assessment, and prediction of microbial shifts in coupled catalysis and biodegradation of 1, 4-dioxane and co-contaminants. Water Research173, 115540
  4. Johnson, N. W., Gedalanga, P. B., Zhao, L., Gu, B., & Mahendra, S. (2020). Cometabolic biotransformation of 1, 4-dioxane in mixtures with hexavalent chromium using attached and planktonic bacteria. Science of the Total Environment706, 135734.

Rachel Fenning, PhD - Child and Adolescent Studies

Rachel Fenning

 

Associate Professor

Co-Founding Co-Director, CSUF Center for AutsimOpens in new window

 

rfenning@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Fenning’s research focuses on child and family contributions to social and emotional development, regulatory processes, and clinical outcomes in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also actively engaged in the development and testing of interventions to support families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on improving health and wellbeing in historically underrepresented and underserved populations.

Current Projects:

Dr. Fenning’s current NIH-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted in collaboration with Loma Linda University is focused on testing the efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for underrepresented families of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Fenning is also presently leading dissemination activities for a recently concluded HRSA-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted with the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, which found a novel parent training intervention to be efficacious for improving preventive health behavior and oral health outcomes in underserved children with ASD. In addition, Dr. Fenning continues to engage in the dissemination of findings from an NIH-funded collaboration at CSUF that examined parenting, child psychophysiology, and clinical outcomes in children with ASD.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Neece, C. L., McIntyre, L. L., & Fenning, R. M. (2020). Examining the impact of COVID-19 in ethnically diverse families with young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12769Opens in new window
  2. Fenning, R. M., Steinberg-Epstein, R., Butter, E. M., Chan, J., McKinnon-Bermingham, K., Hammersmith, K. J., Moffitt, J.,* Shui, A. M., Parker, R. A., Coury, D. L., Wang, P. P., & Kuhlthau, K. A. (2020). Access to dental visits and correlates of preventive dental care in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 3739–3747. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04420-8Opens in new window
  3. Fenning, R. M., Erath, S. A., Baker, J. K., Messinger, D. S., Moffitt, J.,* Baucom, B. R., & Kaeppler, A. K.* (2019). Sympathetic-parasympathetic interaction and externalizing problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 12(12). 1805-1816. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2187Opens in new window
  4. Fenning, R. M., & Butter, E. M. (2019). Promoting parent engagement in parent training for children with autism spectrum disorder. In C. R. Johnson, E. M. Butter, & L. Scahill (Eds.), Parent training for autism spectrum disorder: Improving the quality of life for children and their families (pp. 61-84). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0000111-004Opens in new window

 

Gary Germo, PhD - Human Services

Gary Germo

Associate Professor

ggermo@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Germo is an applied developmental psychologist. His research focuses on factors that promote the development of youth in foster care.

Current Projects:

Dr. Germo’s current focus is on the role of formal mentoring of youth in foster care.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

Publications

Chang, E.S., & Germo, G.R. (2021). Generativity and shared agency with foster youth for education. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72, 101127.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101217Opens in new window

Lemus, D., Farruggia, S.P., Germo, G.R., & Chang, E.S. (2017). The plans, goals, and concerns of pre-emancipated youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 48-55. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.003.

Presentation

Germo, G.R., Shane, J., & Chang, E.S. (2020, March). The four subtypes of the court appointed special advocates. Paper symposium: Promoting Optimal Context for Foster Care Youth. Biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence.