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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.


Full-time Faculty

 Adjunct Faculty: 

  • Virginia Beas, M.A. 
  • Michael Farris, Ed.D
  • Melissa Ferguson, Ph.D.
  • Todd Gaffaney, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
  • Arturo Garcia, M.A.
  • Aaron Jasso, Psy.D.
  • Erica Ledezma, M.A.
  • Christian Maldonado, MSW
  • Janie Nath, M.A.
  • James Neuse, Ph.D.
  • Keri Pesanti, Psy.D
  • Hilda Pozos Flores, 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. 

-- Visit us and LIKE us on Facebook!

-- 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 Jaclyn Ronquillo-Adachi ( for more information. 

The Western Psychological Association (WPA) convention was a huge success for Cerritos College and many of our Psychology faculty and students presented original research and attended the convention.  Congratulations to everyone! For more information visit the WPA home page or see a press release from Cerritos College.

--Want to learn about careers and educational opportunities related to psychology from former Cerritos College students?  Visit the our new and informative site:  Mentoring through Alumni in Psychology (MAP).

--TIPS for psychology majors or those thinking about majoring in psychology.  Do you want receive an A.A. degree in psychology from Cerritos College or want to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a B.A. degree in psychology?  You will find TIPS for selecting the right courses for the major for transferring and what Cerritos College has to offer psychology students like specialized courses, activities and other opportunities to interact with psychology faculty.

--Cerritos College Chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for two-year colleges, wins award!  To learn more about the Cerritos College Psychology Club and Psi Beta see the links to the upper-left.

--Cerritos College Psychology Students Present Research at the University of North Colorado


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