The Psychology Department at Cerritos College offers courses in abnormal psychology, biological psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, research methods and statistics, among others.  The faculty in the Psychology department are committed to preparing students to successfully complete a bachelor's degree in psychology at a four-year college or university.  The department also has opportunities for students to become involved with directed research studies with faculty, and many of our students have presented their original research at national psychology conferences. Students also have the opportunity to network and serve the larger community in two clubs, Psychology Club and/or Active Minds. Eligible students may also join our Psi Beta chapter, which is a National Honor Society in Psychology for two-year colleges.

Students who complete an Associates Degree for Transfer are expected to be able to demonstrate the following program outcomes:

  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
  • Demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills.
  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.

Full-time Faculty

 Adjunct Faculty: 

  • Judith Asem, Ph.D.
  • Virginia Beas, M.A. 
  • Anila Putcha-Bhagavatula, Ph.D.
  • Scarlett Chiros, M.A.
  • Melissa Ferguson, Ph.D.
  • Todd Gaffaney, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
  • Arturo Garcia, M.A.
  • Tristan Grigoleit, M.A.
  • Aaron Jasso, Psy.D.
  • Erica Ledezma, M.A.
  • Christian Maldonado, MSW
  • Janie Nath, M.A.
  • James Neuse, Ph.D.
  • Kristina Nguyen, M.A.
  • Kenneth Nguyen, Ph.D.
  • Keri Pesanti, Psy.D
  • Hilda Pozos Flores, M.A. 
  • Daniel Pueblos, M.A. 
  • Jeff Ramdass, M.A.
  • Carlos Sandoval, M.A. 
  • Patricia Singim, M.A. 
  • Mary Ann Larson, Ph.D.

Psychology Department News and Announcements

--Download the AA-T in Psychology Degree

-- PSYC 210 (with a grade of "C" or higher) is one of the pre-requisites for PSYC 220, Research Methods. 

-- Join our Psychology-related clubs: Active Minds, who meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm in SS141, and Psychology Club/Psi Beta, who meet every Tuesday at 11 am in SS215. Please email club advisors, Christian Maldonado ( or Kimberley Duff ( ) for more information. 

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