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Child and Family Science
Office: FFS 205
Education: M.A. Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, California State University,
Experience and Research: Since 1983 Kabeljit has had numerous opportunities to experience diverse roles in
the field of Early Childhood Education. She has worked for a variety of organizations
such as Head Start, AB212 CARES Program, and WestEd, Center for Child Family Studies.
In 2003, she began teaching part-time for the State Center Community College and California
State University of Fresno (CSUF). She was hired as a full-time lecturer in 2008 for
the Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences Department at Fresno State.
Kabeljit has been inspired by advocating for the emotional life of a child. She is
a PITC-certified infant toddler specialist. She believes that exposure to character
education blossoms children to be respectful and socially competent as adults. She
is an advocate for understanding children's behavior through honoring the inner emotional
life of a child. She is a co-author of an article that was published in the textbook.
Next Steps Toward Teaching the Reggio Way, (2nd ed.) She also has extensive interest
and training in the Hanna Perkins Consultation Model. In 2011, she completed the 15-month
Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program (IPMHPCP) and earned
a graduate certificate in infant-parent mental health from the University of Massachusetts,
Boston (satellite location in Napa, California).
Office: FFS 201
Education: Ph.D. Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; M.S. Child and
Family Studies, University of Tennessee-Knoxville;B.S. Marriage, Family, and Human Development,Brigham Young University
Experience and Research: Joining the Fresno State faculty full-time in the fall of 2016, Rhett served the
previous year as a lecturer for child growth and development, family crisis, adolescent
learning and development classes at Fresno State and Clovis Community College. He
also taught classes at Tennessee in family stress, human sexuality, parent-child relations,
and served as a graduate research assistant. At Fresno State, Rhett enjoys teaching
family science courses and the upper-division writing course. His research has focused
on families with young children with developmental disabilities and determinants of
parental involvement among families of children receiving early intervention services.
In August 2017, Rhett became a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through
the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). He is working towards collaborating
with families of children with disabilities in the central valley to conduct research
and develop family life education materials.
Education: Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia; M.S.
Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia
Experience and Research: Katie's current research explores attachment cognitions of toddlers in relation
to sleep and family history. The unifying theme of Katie's research agenda is an interest
in parenting practices pertaining to infant sleep and how those strategies (such as
cosleeping and sleep training) are related to attachment and emotional development.
In addition, she conducts evaluation research to explore the effects of a developmental
pediatric intervention called Healthy Steps at a local medical clinic.
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Office: FFS 214
Education: Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Riverside; M.A. Psychology, University
of California, Riverside; B.S. Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Research Interests: Developmental Psychology Family Health Behavior Change Prevention/Intervention Programming Positive Psychology
Selected Publications:Professor Hammons' publications may be accessed through her website, https://sites.google.com/mail.fresnostate.edu/amberhammons
Office: FFS 203
Education: Ph.D., 2013, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; M.A., 2009, Communication,
Northern Illinois University; B.A., Communication and Political Science, 2007, Northern
Research Interests: Family Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Dark Side of Close Relationships,
Gender Communication, Menstruation Studies, and Qualitive Methods
Experience and Research:
Dr. Falon Kartch's research centers on exploring how familial bonds are formed and
maintained as well as how various populations define what it means to be "family,"
particularly in contexts in which "family" occurs outside of social and cultural conventions.
Her recent work has explored nonresidential parenting practices and nonresidential
parent/child relationships. She is also interested in the application of nonviolent
communication and relational justice frameworks to understand, develop, maintain,
and terminate close relationships. More specifically, her recent line of inquiry explores
the use of relational justice frameworks for understanding co-parenting relationships.
Her most current research project explores parent/child communication regarding menstruation.
Her research has been competitively selected for presentation at multiple meetings
of the National Communication Association as well as the International Association
for Relationship Researchers and has been featured in numerous edited volumes, including
Family Communication, Casing the Family: Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Understanding
Family Communication, and the SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods.
She is currently co-editing an interdisciplinary, edited volume titled Gandhi's Global
Legacy: Lessons from Our Modern Times and Moral Challenges, under contract with Lexington
Dr. Kartch teaches Undergraduate and Graduate courses in social and personal relationships
including Family Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Conflict and Communication,
and the Dark Side of Close Relationships, as well as Communication Theory and Gender
Communication. Dr. Kartch has also presented invited lecturers, at both the Undergraduate
and Graduate level, on qualitative inquiry and data analysis.
Dr. Kartch is particularly interested in the use of service-learning as a means of
promoting student engagement with the local community and has worked with local community
partners, most notably the grassroots initiative Better Period, to address menstrual
stigma and period poverty in the Central Valley through her Gender Communication course.
She has completed several trainings in service-learning and was a recipient of the
2019-2020 Service-Learning Development Grant from the Jan & Bud Richter Center for
Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State.
Office: FFS 302
Education: Ph.D., 2014, Psychology, Clark University; M.A., 2011, Psychology, Clark University;
B.A., 2006, Psychology, Miami University
Experience and Research: Jessica bridges developmental and cultural perspectives to examine how people make
sense of themselves across the life course, and the role of culture and cultural change
in sense-making processes. Employing qualitative and quantitative methods, Jessica
has studied the beliefs (about divinity, morality, self) and practices (religious,
linguistic, dietary, media) of adolescents and parents in Thailand, and of children,
adolescents, and adults in the United States. Her ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in
northern Thailand has contributed to the developmental science of globalization, and
her work in the U.S. has contributed to the scientific understanding of the cultural
nature of moral development.
Students in Jessica’s Human Development and Culture Research Lab have published empirical
articles in leading journals in the discipline and have presented the results of their
research internationally, nationally, and locally. HD&C lab members have studied a
range of topics, including: the transformation and maintenance of moral values in
contexts of rapid sociocultural change, adolescent orientations toward religion in
globalizing Northern Thailand, dyadic perspectives of media use in rural and urban
Thailand, and globalization-based cultural brokerage among urban Thai adolescent—parent
dyads. Additional information on the research in which Jessica and her students are
engaged can be found here.
Office: FFS 301
Education: Ph.D. Psychological Sciences, University of California, Merced
Experience and Research: Megan joined the Fresno State faculty in 2019 after receiving a Ph.D. in Psychological
Sciences with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology from UC Merced. Her research
is primarily related to the development of social cognition from infancy to early
Broadly, her research investigates the origins and nature of social-group based inferences,
and how environmental factors shape these inferences throughout early childhood. Specifically,
she investigates the types of characteristics that infants expect members of a social
group to share, such as food preferences and social behaviors.
Additionally, her research investigates how environmental influences, such as how
parents discuss social groups with their children, as well as the other environmental
factors, impact the beliefs and inferences that children form about social groups.
Office: FFS 305
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Education: Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science, University of Missouri - Columbia; M.A.,
Child and Family Studies, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO; B.A., Vocational Family
and Consumer Sciences, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Experience and Research: Joining the Fresno State faculty in the fall of 2016, Andrea received her Ph.D.
degree from the University of Missouri with an emphasis on domestic violence and family
relations. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, parent-child
relationships, adolescence and emerging adulthood, sibling relationships, divorce
and remarriage, and sexuality. She has been an active member of the National Council
on Family Relations (NCFR) since 2011, is a member of the Journal of Family Theory
and Review Inaugural Digital Scholarship Board, and is the Students and New Professionals
Representative-Elect for the NCFR Board.
At the University of Missouri, she was a graduate instructor and teaching assistant.
She taught classes in family studies, intimate relationships and marriage, human sexuality,
human development, adolescence and young adulthood. She also served as a postdoctoral
research assistant for the Family Services Department of the State of Missouri in
a comparative analysis for child support collection techniques. She also taught Family
and Consumer Sciences at McCluer South-Berkeley High School while she was a graduate
student at Fontbonne University. Courses she taught included child care and development,
housing, fashion design, nutrition and wellness, food science, and senior survival.
Office: FFS 312
Education: MA (2020) Early Childhood Education, Fresno State; BS (2019) Child Development,
Fresno State; Hired: 2021
Experience and Research: Master teacher in a pre-K classroom
Education: MA (2007) Human Development with specializations in ECE, Teaching Adults and College
Teaching, Leadership in Education and Human Services Admin., Pacific Oaks College;
Experience and Research: Reedley College faculty/chair, early childhood education
Education: MS (2022) Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Fresno State; BS (2018) Child
Development, Fresno State; Hired: 2023
Experience and Research: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Office: FFS 206
Education: MS (1994) Psychology, Fresno State; Hired: 1994
Experience and Research: Full-time child development faculty at Fresno City College
Education: MS (2018) Marriage and Family Therapy, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary; BS (2008)
Child Development, Fresno State; Hired: 2018
Experience and Research: Family Healing Center – forensic interviewer
Education: MA (2020) Early Childhood Education, Fresno State; Hired: 2022
Experience and Research: Assistant Director at Kids Kare since 1999
Education: PhD (2021) Human Development, Fielding Graduate University; Hired: 2022
Experience and Research: Full-time employee in Education at Fresno Pacific University
Education: MA (2022) Communication, Fresno State Hired: 2023
Experience and Research: ASSIST System trainer, University of California Office of the President
Education: MA Ed. (2003) Early Childhood Education, Fresno State; Hired: 2023
Experience and Research: Full-time lecturer at Fresno City College; has previously run the CD labs at FCC
Education: MA Ed. (2018) Early Childhood Education, Fresno State; BS (2010) Biology, Fresno
State; Hired: 2019
Experience and Research: Also teaches at Reedley Community College, Science Education
Education: MS (2020) Marriage and Family Therapy, CSU Fullerton; BS (2017) Child Development,
Fresno State; Hired: 2020
Experience and Research: Private clinical practice
Education: MS (2013) Marriage and Family Therapy, Fresno State; BA (2010) Psychology, Fresno
State; Hired: 2018
Experience and Research: Private clinical practice, foster care, also teaches in Psych Dept., advisor for Psych
Education: MSW (2008) Social Work, Fresno State; BS (2005) Social Work, Fresno State; Hired:
Experience and Research: Private clinical practice and Administrative Director, West Coast Institute for Gestalt
Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Education: MA (2018) Marriage and Family Therapy, Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary;
BA (2011) Family Science, Fresno State; Hired: 2018-2020 Rehired: 2023
Education: PhD (2010) Cognitive Psychology, UC Riverside; Hired: 2019
Experience and Research: Cognition, perception, family interactions and child health
Education: MS (2021) Marriage and Family Therapy, Fresno State; BA (2019) Psychology, Fresno
State; Hired: 2022
Experience and Research: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Education: PhD (2018) Special Education, University of Washington; Hired: 2023
Experience and Research: Lecturer in Education, Fresno State
Office: FFS 214
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