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Child and Family Science
Office: NG 141D
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
Massachussetts, 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.
Office: FFS 214
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 develop-ment.
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 203
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 305
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 coparenting 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 205
Education: Ph.D. Human & Community Development (Emphasis: Human Development & Family Studies),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.Ed. Department of Educational Psychology
(Emphasis: Quantitative & Evaluative Research Methodologies), University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. College of Communication, Marquette University
Experience and Research: Aimee Rickman is a critical interdisciplinary scholar of youth, technology, culture,
marginality, identity, and gender.
Her research considers cultural constructions of adolescence, the social shaping and
infrastructures of youth and technologies, algorithms, and young people's technological
involvements within specific historical, economic, social, cultural, and material
Centering the experiences of young people within adolescence, her recent book, Adolescence, Girlhood, and Media Migration: U.S. Teens’ Use of Social Media to Negotiate Offline
Struggles (Lexington, 2018), is an ethnography that draws from 12-months of fieldwork with
diverse rural, teenaged young women, tracing the roots of girls’ social media practices
back to their offline experiences as marginalized members of US society. The book
details factors inspiring teens involvement in “media migration” as they moved to
and through online spaces attempting to individually negotiate better terms for their
lives than they felt they could earn, argue for, or otherwise secure offline. She
is lead coordinator of the CSUF’s US Millennials: Imaginaries and Realities Faculty
Learning Community (FLC), and she directs the Youth + Social Media Research Lab.
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.
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