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Humanities 730H

Lucia Alcala, Ph. D

Assistant Professor of Psychology

I earned my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Rogoff (June, 2014). I spent one year at the Universidad Maya de Quintana Roo as a visiting professor before coming to CSUF in the fall of 2016.

I was also awarded a post doc fellowship by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States at UC Riverside to conduct research at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV), Unidad Mérida, Yucatán México (2015).


2014, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Alcalá conducts empirical research guided by sociocultural theory, exploring the interaction between cultural and environmental factors in children’s development. Currently she has projects investigating (a) cross-cultural aspects of children’s cognitive development (planning, collaboration, and executive function), (b) development of children’s prosocial behavior in diverse families (U.S. and Mexico), and (c) the impact of service-learning experiences in college students’ civic engagement and academic development.

H&SS Study Abroad Program, Mexico Summer 2019