Office Phone: 657-278-7118  

Office: H-725E

California State University, Fullerton

800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831

Department of Psychology
P.O.Box 6846
Fullerton, CA

James J. García, PhD (He/Him/Él) 

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. García is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of North Texas. He completed his Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health/Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. Clinically, he has worked with medical populations for over a decade, delivering health psychology interventions and neuropsychological evaluations to communities of color, Spanish speakers, and racial/ethnic LGBTQ+ patients across the continuum of medical care (e.g., inpatient medical rehabilitation, intensive care units, outpatient medical rehabilitation, medical/surgical units, primary care, residential medical facilities). He regularly provides didactic seminars to doctoral level clinical neuropsychology students on diversity issues in clinical neuropsychology. Using a Public Health and Community Health approach to eliminate Health Disparities and Health Equity, Dr. García has been involved in health activism at the national level and with local community-based organizations, including his past leadership role as Vice President of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Pomona Pride Center. He has served as an invited community member for the OC Healthcare Agency on their LGBTQ+ report. Currently, he is a Member of the Stroke Psychological Health and Well-Being Committee and a Member of the Stroke Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the American Heart/Stroke Association. He is also extensively involved in reviewing diversity science as an Associate Editor for the journal Current Psychology and Editorial Fellow for the journal Health Psychology. Additionally, he sits on several advisory boards for federally-funded health disparities grant projects at CSUF. 


2023 Bernard J. Tyson Career Development Award, American Stroke Association

2022 Intentional and Meaningful Pedagogy to Achieve Classroom Transformations (IMPACT) Teaching Certificate Program, CSUF Faculty Development Center

2022 Inclusion Champion Certificate Program, CSUF Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs

2020 Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), CSU Long Beach

2019 Certificate in Effective Instruction Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)/American Council on Education (ACE)

2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Clinical Health/Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

2017 PhD: Clinical Health Psychology, University of North Texas [APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Program]

2016 Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship [APA-Accredited]: Southern Arizona Veteran Affairs Health Care System

2014 Master of Science in Psychology: University of North Texas

2010 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: California State University, Northridge


As a health equity scientist-activist, my Scholarly and Creative Activities (SCA) focus on health disparities science. More specifically, my research program identifies bio-behavioral, psychosocial, and healthcare utilization risk and resilience factors involved in racial/ethnic and LGBT People of Color (PoC) health disparities across various medical issues (e.g., heart disease, stroke, HIV). As Director of the CSUF Psychophysiology and Social Interactions (PSI) Laboratory, our research group conducts cutting-edge health disparities science with these socially marginalized/minoritized communities via experimental studies using psychophysiological technology, cross-sectional self-report surveys, hospital outcomes data, and existing epidemiological datasets. I also publish articles on diversity training/mentorship in health professions and higher education. 

If you are interested in joining my research lab (CSUF Psychophysiology and Social Interactions Lab), please visit my website: psychology.fullerton.edu/psi 

If you want to apply to join the lab: https://psychology.fullerton.edu/psi/JoinUs.html 

Check out my edited book:

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I mentor/train CSUF Graduate (MA/MS) and Undergraduate Students. For MA/MS students who want me to chair their thesis, I require them to work with me for at least one semester--often, students use PSYC 599 to fulfill this. 

Undergraduate students can register for PSYC 499, which counts towards their major degree requirements. 

Note: I am not accepting any undergraduate students to my research lab the Fall 2024-Spring 2025 Academic Year, as I am at max capacity. Interested students can reach out to me in Summer 2025. 


Teaching at CSUF:

PSYC 474 Health Psychology

PSYC 476 Racial/Ethnic Health Psychology

Course Proposed: Latinx Psychology (in progress)


Visit my website for a list of current publications: https://psychology.fullerton.edu/psi/readwork.html 


The Center at Sierra Health Foundation MAT Access Points Project Opioid use and stimulant use prevention and recovery services in LGBTQ2S+ community (Contract # CA22MAT012)“Knowledge and Art is Power: Awareness of Substance Use Risk/Prevention”
Funding Agency: State of CA Department of Health Care Services
Amount: $250,000
PIs: Submitted by Dr. García on behalf of the Pomona Pride Center (non-profit 501c3) 

Fall 2024: Mondays & Wednesdays from 9am-10am in H-725E (in-person) 

Fall 2024: 12pm-1pm on Tuesdays via Zoom. 

Fall 2024

PSYC 476-01 M/W 10am-11:15am

PSYC 474-03 M/W 1130am-1245am

PSYC 474-50 Online

CSUF PSI Lab Instagram: csuf_psi_lab