Cultural & Community Psychology Lab

Current Research Assistants

Neha Chumber Neha Chumber

Hello! I’m an undergraduate senior at Sac State majoring in Psychology and Deaf Studies. My interests vary in the field of Psychology. After I graduate, I plan to move forward into a graduate program and then into a Ph.D. program. I was born in India, then moved to California with my family at the age of 2, and I’ve been here ever since!

alex-del-agua.jpg Alex Del Agua

I am a Senior majoring in Psychology. My research interests are cross culture, multicultural, and mental health. Additionally, I am a mentor in the SEL Project, a community-based project that addresses bullying and academic outcomes. 

Zachary Goodman Zachary Goodman

I am a second year graduate student at Sacramento State. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. My interests are in Clinical and Neuropsychology as well as Cultural Psychology. My goals are to get a Ph.D. in Clinical psychology and carry out research and therapy with underrepresented groups suffering from mental illnesses.

jeongin.jpg JeongIn Hong

I am currently a senior at Sacramento State University and planning to move on to graduate school. My interests are social, cultural, and clinical psychology. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. My career goal is to work in academia or research.

Stephanie H Stephanie Afi Hounnou

I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and will be graduating Spring 2016. I was born in Ivory Coast, West Africa and moved to the East coast at the age of 7. However, I spent most of my childhood in the midwest and moved to the Sacramento area in 2009. My interests include multicultural and cross-cultural psychology,  mental health and clinical psychology. After graduating with my BA in Psychology, I plan to attend a graduate program in the field of my interest.

simran.jpg Simran Jit Kainth

I am currently a senior at Sacramento State. My interests are cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, and mental health. After graduation, my goal is to attend a graduate program for School Psychology.  

Nimisha Nimisha Kumar

I am a first year graduate student in the Pre-Doctoral program. I grew up in Modesto, California. However, I am originally from the Fiji Islands. My field of interest includes cross-cultural, multicultural, and clinical psychology. My future academic goal is to get a Ph.D. in Clinical/Counseling psychology.

Samantha Mairena Samantha Mairena

I am a fourth year undergraduate at Sac State and will be graduating with a B.A. in psychology in Spring 2017. I was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to Sacramento in the fall of 2014. My area of interests are community-based research, environmental psych-based research, and environmental toxicology. I have an interest in working with low-income families and understanding the interplay between those individuals and their surroundings, including social settings and the natural environment. My plans are to apply for grad school after I graduate.

Tiana Osborne Tiana Osborne

I am a second year graduate student at Sacramento State. I grew up in Salinas, Ca and moved to Sacramento in 2011. My current interests are aggression and violence in school settings and social and emotional learning. My plan is to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, become a professor, and work with diverse populations.

mary-alyssa.jpg Mary Alyssa Rancier

Psychology undergraduate with an emphasis in community, action, and research. Favorite quote: "Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess

Tasbeir Singh Tasbeir Singh

I am a second year transfer student from Cosumnes River College.Currently, I am an undergraduate student here at Sacramento State interested in attending graduate school in the future. My interests are in quantitative, cross-cultural, and multicultural psychology. My goal is to apply my skills from psychology to better understand differences in cultures around the world.

Tseng Vang Tseng Vang

I am a second year graduate student in the Doctoral Preparation track. I was raised in Sacramento, CA. I did my undergraduate at University of California, Merced and graduated with my B.A. in Psychology in May of 2014. My research interests are in Social Psychology and Cultural Psychology.

chuyee.png Chuyee Vue

I am a junior year undergraduate student pursing a B.A. in Psychology. I was born in Sanger and raised in Fresno, California. I recently moved to Sacramento in 2015 to further my education. My goal is to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Recent Graduates

Rebeca Alcaraz-Lopez Rebeca Alcaraz

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology in May 2015. I am interested in becoming a School Counselor and hope to continue onto graduate school sometime next year. I was also involved in the Psychology Prospects Peer Mentoring and Advising Program, as well as the Psyc Society club on campus.

Alejandra Cardenas Alejandra Cardenas

I was born in Colombia and moved to the United States seven years ago. I graduated with a BA in Psychology in fall 2015. My future goals are to attend graduate school in counseling psychology, focusing on the youth population and the effects of traumatic experiences and eating disorders. I’m also interested in doing research with multicultural/multiracial groups and prevention programs for children.

Josh Haro Joshua Haro

I am a second year graduate student in the Doctoral-prep Master’s track. I was born and raised in Salinas, CA. I graduated from UC Davis in June 2013, with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies. I am interested in looking at the ways socialization and cultural beliefs play a role in school performance in an adolescent population. I plan on attending a doctoral program after completing my Master’s degree.

Nazia Khan Nazia Khan

I received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, in Spring 2011, and M.S. from Counseling and Education Dept. with a specialization in Marriage Family Therapy from the same university in Spring 2014. My research interests include multiculturalism and stereotyping among children and older individuals. I am also interested in understanding how cultures affect children, families, and older individuals with their daily challenges and the development of cultural competency within the field of Cultural Psychology and Counseling. My future goals are to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Adriana Llarena Adriana Llarena

I am a fifth year student at Sac State and will be graduating Spring 2015 with my bachelors in Psychology. After graduating, my goals are to travel and work with at-risk children in schools for a year then continue to graduate school to complete a Master’s degree in School Psychology. My interests include abnormal, child, and cultural psychology as well as learning and motivation.

Wendy Mok Wendy Mok

I am a senior majoring in psychology and graduating in Spring 2016. My field of interests include school psychology and the education system. My hopes are to further my education in a school psychology graduate program.

Manuel Ramirez Manuel Ramirez

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2016. I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to the U.S. in 2002. I hope to continue onto graduate school sometime next year at CSU Sacramento. My goal is to obtain a Ph. D. in Counseling/Clinical Psychology and teach. I am currently offering my time also at Yolo Family Service Agency in Woodland, CA where I am committed to assist the community, especially, the Latino/a community in achieving well-beings, as well as, impacting and strengthening their lives positively. My special interests include low-income minority groups, depression and trauma, and the LGBTQ community.

Rosalyn Sandoval Rosalyn Sandoval

I am a third year graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Master’s program here at Sac State. My research interests are in social and emotional learning/emotional intelligence, constructs such as grit, self-determination, mindset, and resilience, and program implementation and evaluation. I also have a strong interest in research methods and applied research. We are currently working on developing and implementing a social and emotional learning program for schools in the greater Sacramento area, which is an exciting and hands-on research experience. I plan on attending a doctoral program in industrial/organizational psychology or organizational behavior.

Bianca Sprouse Bianca Sprouse

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology in spring 2016. My future goal is to attend a graduate program for School Psychology and earn an Ed.S. credential. My research interests include community-based research, cultural psychology, prevention/intervention programs, LGBTQ issues, and at-risk youth.

Claire White Claire White

As a Sacramento local, I recently attained my BA in psychology and I am now in a dual teaching credential program (Mild-Mod Special Ed and Multiple Subject). I have volunteered and worked with children in multiple settings, including non profits, Child and Family Institute, 916 Ink, and Life Matters, and also with H. O. P. E. Consulting, LLC as a behavior therapist for children with ASD. Currently, I am substitute teaching. My interests span across social justice issues. I am very motivated to incorporate research based practices into my pedagogy.

Pa Yang Pa Yang

I am a first-generation college student pursing a BA in Psychology at CSUS. I will be graduating in fall 2016. My interests are in clinical, cultural, and positive psychology. I plan on obtaining my MSW to become a licensed clinical social worker. I hope to continue my career as an engaged individual in the community to reduce the barriers between health and Asian cultures.