Faculty In Review

Behavioral Sciences Department

photo of Amato Jessica V

Jessica V Amato

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. (summa cum laude), The University of Florida
M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Amato has been teaching at CCSF since 2016

Positions Held:
Past President, American Anthropological Association (AAA) Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges;
Scholarship/Awards Committee Member, Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC);
Communications Officer (Appointed), The National Association for Student Anthropologists (NASA);
Editor (Appointed), Humanities and Social Sciences Net (H-NET), 2002-present;
Faculty Liaison, American Association for University Women (AAUW), 2011-present.

Teaching interests: Four-field and applied course design, developing local opportunities for affordable fieldwork for students, first-generation and low-income college student mentoring.

Research interests: Latin American and Caribbean studies, island economies, political ecology of water conservation; anthropology of tourism and tourists; transnational social movements and political advocacy groups, NGOs and the role of the State, medical anthropology (specifically medical tourism and trafficking), gender, sexuality, and global tourism.

Hobbies: scientific and recreational diving, cave diving, dogs, and horror movies.

photo of Ancheta Rebecca W

Rebecca W Ancheta

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. in Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ancheta has been teaching at CCSF since 2007. Courses Taught at CCSF: SOC 1, SOC 1 Honors, SOC 2, SOC 21, and SOC 35. Prior to joining CCSF, Dr. Ancheta was an Affiliated Scholar at Stanford University Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She has also taught Research Methods in Sociology at San Francisco State and CSU Hayward.

I value students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences. They add a critical richness to each class, which I enjoy and deeply respect. Intellectual development requires the ability to understand diverse points of view. Students are better prepared for the next steps in their education, and the workforce, when they can work successfully with individuals who are different from themselves. This is the foundation of a strong education. I work to make the classroom an engaging and stimulating environment, one that respects students and encourages diversity.

Curriculum Committee (2015-current)
Honors Section and Honors Contract Instructor (2008-current)
Institutional Review Board (2013-current)
Mindset Equity Project, Mentor Training (Spring 2016)
Student Equity Committee, Behavioral Sciences (2015-16)
Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable (2015-current)

(1) Research Coordinator, Investigating Academic Mindsets at CCSF, Stanford University PERTS, Stanford, CA (2015)
(2) External Evaluator, Annual Program Evaluation for Techbridge: After School STEM Programs for Girls, Oakland, CA (2001-2014)

(1) Kekelis, L., Countryman, J., Heber, E., and Ancheta, R. (2006) “Role Models Make a World of Difference.” Society of Women Engineers Magazine. 52: 1.
(2) Kekelis, L., Ancheta, R., Heber, E. and Countryman, J. (2005) “Bridging Differences: How Social Relationships and Racial Diversity Matter in a Girls’ Technology Program.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 11:3.
(3) Kekelis, L., Ancheta, R., and Countryman, J. (2005) “Role Models Make a Difference: A Recipe for Success.” Association of Women in Science Magazine. 34:3.
(4) Kekelis, L., Ancheta, R. and Heber, E. (2005) “Hurdles in the Pipeline: Girls and Technology Careers.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 26:1.
(5) Ancheta, R. (2002) “Discourse of Rules: Women Talk about Cosmetic Surgery.” In Women and Health: Power, Technology, Inequality, and Conflict in a Gendered World, by K.S. Ratcliff. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

photo of Barker Blayke K

Blayke K Barker

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., Sociology and Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., American Studies, Penn State University.

Prof. Barker has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

My goal is to create a classroom environment that allows for deep, critical conversations about real-life topics. Each class session is an opportunity to challenge ourselves analytically, and to become more self-aware and socially responsible citizens. I strive to make education accessible and relatable by encouraging students to share and critically reflect on their unique perspectives, knowledge, and identities.

In addition to teaching sociology at CCSF, I teach an introduction to college writing course through Prison University Project at San Quentin prison.

During my free time I enjoy hanging with my big dogs, Kado and Layla.

photo of Begonia Danilo T

Danilo T Begonia

Behavioral Sciences Department

BA, MA: SFSU psychology
Doctoral Studies Stanford psychology

Prof. Begonia has been teaching at CCSF since 1980

The poor teacher tells
The mediocre teacher explains
The superior teacher demonstrates
But the outstanding teacher inspires

Sailing, traveling, biking, motorcycling, scuba diving, paddleboarding,whitewater rafting, camping, musician, chorus

photo of Block Angela Mary

Angela Mary Block

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.S., University of Santa Clara; M.A., California State University, Hayward; post graduate studies in Education and Public Administration, U.C. Santa Cruz and California State University San Jose.

Prof. Block has been teaching at CCSF since 1996

photo of Coates Ramona I

Ramona I Coates

Behavioral Sciences Department

Ph.D. Sociology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
M.A. Sociology, California State University, at Fullerton
B.A. Social Ecology, University of California, at Irvine
A.A. New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM

Professor Coates has been teaching at CCSF since 2007.

Her teaching philosophy is straightforward. "Each time I step into a classroom my goal is to encourage students to learn, provide opportunities for students to establish connections with one another, and empower students to become proactive learners. To me this means continually updating course material, utilizing a variety of teaching methods and styles to disseminate information, and pushing students beyond their comfort zones by teaching them how to critically evaluate social life in our society as well as others. This is an exciting profession and I feel that excitement needs to also be in the classroom."

Professor Coates has published Hey, Purritty Gurrl! Black Stereotyping: Social Interactions among African American and West Indian College Students in Metropolitan New York. Dissertation Research.

She is a member of the American Sociological Association and Caribbean Studies Association.

Professor Coates enjoys spending time with her three loves: her husband and their two incredibly intelligent, articulate and beautiful princess girls. Other things she likes to do - cake decorate & create jewelry for family & friends.

photo of Collins Rawle Shelly-Ann

Shelly-Ann Collins Rawle

Behavioral Sciences Department

University of San Francisco, Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology
UCLA, Pre-doctoral internship in Health Psychology
Northeastern University, PhD in Counseling & Applied Psychology
Florida International University, MS in Mental Health Counseling, BA in Psychology

Dr. Collins Rawle has been teaching at CCSF since 2018.

Dr. Collins worked for 12 years as a professional school counselor in the Miami Dade, FL public school system and for 2 years as an academic adviser and college transitions program coordinator for first generation, low income students at Roxbury Community College in Boston, MA.
While completely her doctorate she worked at several college counseling centers as well as at Franciscan Hospital for Children and Boston Children’s Hospital at Martha Eliot both teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School. Her main areas of interest are Relational Cultural therapy, college student mental health and academic success, first generation and non-traditional students, racial, gender and sexual minorities, cultural competence, diversity and issues surrounding healthy relationships and interpersonal violence.
Dr. Collins works from a strength based approach tailoring her style to your unique needs.

Weber, A., Collins, S., Robinson Wood, T., Zeko-Underwood, E., & Poindexter, B. (2017). Subtle & Severe: microaggressions among racially diverse sexual minorities. Journal of Homosexuality.

Robinson Wood, T., Balogun-Mwangi, O., Weber, A., Zeko-Underwood, E., Collins Rawle, S., Popat-Jain, A., Matsumoto, A., & Cook, E. (September 2017). “What is it Going to be Like?": a phenomenological investigation of racial, gendered and sexual microaggressions among highly educated individuals. Qualitative Psychology.

American Counseling Association (ACA), American College Health Association (ACHA), American Psychological Association (APA), APA Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology, APA Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women, American School Counseling Association (ASCA).

Dr. Collins enjoys teaching yoga and aerial arts, watching movies and playing with her 2 dogs Shadow and Sunny.

photo of Cox Natalie Elizabeth

Natalie Elizabeth Cox

Behavioral Sciences Department

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
MA, San Francisco State University
BA, UC Santa Barbara

Prof. Cox has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

Prof Cox is a proponent of student-centered, flexible pedagogy, and her goal is to demystify academia and make it more accessible to all.

Research areas: Social and cultural anthropology; immigration, refugee and asylee studies; medical anthropology (HIV/AIDS; healthcare access), postcolonial theory, and feminist anthropology. Geographic area of focus: Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea; also San Francisco Bay Area African and Afro-Caribbean immigrant communities.

photo of Dawgert-Carlin Jennifer A

Jennifer A Dawgert-Carlin

Chair, Behavioral Sciences Department

B.S. (Cum Laude) in Geography and Regional Planning/Urban Studies from Westfield State University,
M.A.in Feminist Clinical Psychology from New College of California

Prof. Carlin has been teaching at CCSF since 2007 and has taught at the Ocean Campus and the Mission, Southeast, John Adams and Downtown Centers.

Current courses taught include: Psyc 2 (Research Methods), Psyc 10 (Abnormal Psychology), Psyc 17 (Psychology of Weight, Food and Health), Psyc 25 (Psychology of Gender). Courses taught occasionally for the Child Development Department include: CDEV 41T (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), CDEV 122 (Social and Emotional Differences in Children) and CDEV 125 (Children's Emotional Development).

Research interests include Identity Development in Persons in Marginalized Communities, Attachment, and Sociocultural Clinical Psychology.

Prof Carlin currently serves as the Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, is a member of the Gender Diversity Project and the Food Pantry Work Group.

Prof Carlin is a member of American Psychological Association, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Association for Women in Psychology.

She is a consultant to statewide child welfare agencies.

Prof Carlin is an avid, but mediocre skier, and lives in San Francisco with her family, dogs, cat, and parrot.

photo of Druschel Barry

Barry Druschel

Behavioral Sciences Department

Loyola University- BA & MA in Clinical Psychology
Johns Hopkins University MBA

Prof. Druschel has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

I strongly believe that quality education is a matter of curiosity, persistence, and effective communication. I am passionate about the collegiate learning experience as a whole, I believe in the ability of every student to master the curriculum and achieve their academic goals.

Disgust sensitivity and the big five- Journal of Personality and Individual Differences 3/99

I love to restore vintage motorcycles, and I teach a variety of group exercise classes including Spin, crossfit, P90X and similar. I am also a big believer in volunteering.

photo of Ferrero Edward J

Edward J Ferrero

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. in Psychology, San Francisco State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute

Prof. Ferrero has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

photo of Harrison Lisa M.

Lisa M. Harrison

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.S./B.A., Psychology/Spanish Literature, Santa Clara University
M.A., Psy.D., California School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Harrison has been teaching at CCSF since 1996. She has also taught graduate level courses in cross cultural counseling at University of San Francisco and John F. Kennedy University.

Areas of Expertise: Psychology of race/ethnic relations, oppression, racial identity development, racism awareness.

Courses Taught at CCSF: Psychology of Race and Ethnic Relations, Abnormal Psychology, Applied Psychology, Lifespan Development, Social Psychology, and General Psychology

Instructional/Educational Philosophy and Goals: Teaching is a very exciting and stimulating adventure. The best teachers I had inspired me to engage in critical thinking about what they were teaching, rather than just trying to memorize it all. In my psychology courses I strive to recreate that experience for my students by encouraging critical thinking, thoughtfulness, and self-awareness and by demonstrating the practical application of psychology. I enjoy sharing my passion for psychology and love the experience of watching my students learn new information that they can put to good use in their lives. My job is to teach my students to discover and see what they think about what they are learning so that their educational experience goes beyond the terms, concepts, and theories.

photo of Hu Karin G

Karin G Hu

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. Psychology: UC Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D. Psychology: Johns Hopkins University, Postdoc: Retinal Neurobiology, Stanford

Prof. Hu has been teaching at CCSF since 1980's.

photo of Ives Sarah F

Sarah F Ives

Behavioral Sciences Department

Stanford University, PhD
University of Washington, MA
Dartmouth College, BA

Prof. Ives has been teaching at CCSF since 2018

Professor Ives believes that anthropology has the ability to change the way students see the world. Her goal is to help make anthropology accessible to all.

She is the author of the book, "Steeped in Heritage: The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea." She has also published on environmental anthropology, tea farming, South Africa, and media.

photo of Karam-Wijelath Marina S

Marina S Karam-Wijelath

Behavioral Sciences Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

photo of Lass Barbara M.

Barbara M. Lass

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, University of South Dakota
M.A., Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Prof. Lass has been teaching full-time at CCSF since Fall 2011.

I like students to leave my classes with something they apply to today's world and to their own lives, regardless of whether they pursue further study in anthropology or ever take another anthropology class.

Chair, Works of Art Committee

One monograph, several articles, and conference papers on Hawaiian archaeology
Member of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC), California Community College Anthropology Teachers group, Asian Studies Development Program

photo of Lin Jeanne L

Jeanne L Lin

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1978; M.S. Psychology, University of Washington, 1985; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 1990.

Prof. Lin has been teaching at CCSF since 1987.

photo of Louie Margaret L

Margaret L Louie

Behavioral Sciences Department


A.S., City College of San Francisco
B.S., San Francisco State University
Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology


I have been teaching at CCSF since 1989, but the journey here has been quite circuitous. I majored in education first, thinking that I would be an elementary school teacher; I knew that much of my resilience came from my success in school and I wanted to re-create that same strength for other young people who might not have other sources of support. In the process of learning to become a teacher, I found myself drawn to the family histories of the students I was teaching, and began to wonder if maybe resilience needed to start in the home. As a result, I switched to psychology, eventually training as a clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of children and families.
I worked as a therapist for several years while teaching part-time here at City College. I taught mostly because it paid the bills, but as I got more experience teaching, I found that I actually enjoyed it very much. So here I am, back to my original plan to be a teacher. I always find it funny how life can move in so many different directions if you're open to the choices.
I am no longer providing therapy to clients, but I find that my experience as a therapist dovetails very nicely with many areas of research that are discussed in psychology. I feel very lucky to be where I am now, having joined the two professions in a way that satisfies me on many levels.

Teaching Philosophy:

I have always loved learning, but I was never particularly disciplined. While I did fine throughout school, when I got to college (here at CCSF), I failed many of my classes and had to drop out.
I worked for a couple of years in dead-end jobs and realized that I needed to finish my education. Fortunately, when I returned to CCSF, I was more motivated and had developed some discipline from working. It was a struggle and a challenge to develop college-level skills and study habits, but I could see the difference in my academic abilities as time went on.
I feel privileged to be teaching here at City College, and I believe that my experiences have informed my teaching philosophy. I see that many students come to CCSF with strong skills, but many other students don't. If you are a student with strong skills, you are moving on to a 4-year institution - I celebrate with you :-)! But if you are a student without strong skills, academic life can be discouraging. :-(
As in my own experience, I believe that academic skills can be learned. If you are struggling academically, I will work with you to build these skills, if you are open to working with me. I know that most students can rise to the challenge if they have the resources.

photo of Manongdo Jennifer A

Jennifer A Manongdo

Behavioral Sciences Department

Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. in Psychology, Sociology, and Social Science, University of California, Irvine

Prof. Manongdo has been teaching at CCSF since 2015.

Selected Publications:
Manongdo, J. A., & Ramírez García, J. I. (2011). Maternal parenting and mental health of Mexican American youth: A bidirectional and prospective approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 261-270.
Ramírez García, J. I., Manongdo, J. A., & Cruz Santiago, M. (2010). The family as mediator of the impact of acculturation and inner-city stressors on substance use: An empirical test with Mexican American youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 404-412.

Professional Memberships:
APA Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race
Asian American Psychological Association
Society for Research in Adolescence

photo of Murajda Tricia A

Tricia A Murajda

Behavioral Sciences Department

BA Political Science, Marshall University, 2000
BA Sociology, Marshall University, 2000
MA Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
MA Certification Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
ABD PhD Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

Prof. Murajda has been teaching at CCSF since 2006

Teaching at the community college level specifically is a personal mission and I have focused my efforts and attention over the past decade to my work at and City College of San Francisco and Skyline College. I am a strong believer in empowerment at the local level, in our communities, and seek to contribute to an institution whose goals align with my belief in education as a channel for preserving a democratic society.

Precita eyes Muralists volunteer
International Museum of Women collaborator and contributor to exhibition MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe

Current Interests: Urban Sociology, Visual Sociology, documentary, Border Studies, Anti-Trafficking work

photo of Nishimura Arthur J

Arthur J Nishimura

Behavioral Sciences Department

A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington

Biography is unavailable at this time.

photo of Nzewi Esther N.

Esther N. Nzewi

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA; M.A., Montclair State University, New Jersey; M.A., New York University, Ph.D., New York University, NY

Prof. Nzewi has been teaching at CCSF since 1995

As an instructor, I believe that I have an ethical responsibility to ensure that my students understand and learn the course material being presented. I strive to make my lectures clear, systematic and relevant. I am open, flexible, considerate and fair. I deem questions to be critical components of learning and encourage my students to ask questions. My perspective is that a question unasked and therefore unanswered remains a major distraction and an obstacle to learning. I am passionate about teaching and providing my students the resources that enable them to achieve their goals and thrive.

photo of Olsen Christopher C

Christopher C Olsen

Behavioral Sciences Department

Ph.D., Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
MA, Teaching, Towson University
BA, English, Mathematics, Philosophy, Covenant College

Prof. Olsen has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

I assume the responsibility of preparing students to exceed curricular standards and expectations while at the same time nurturing their own innate impulses towards curiosity, insight, compassionate engagement with the world around them, and a love of learning.

photo of Pevey Matthew S

Matthew S Pevey

Behavioral Sciences Department

B.A. in Modern Languages (French and German) -- Mississippi College
M.A. in Anthropology -- California State University, East Bay
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages -- San Francisco State University

Prof. Pevey has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

Prof. Pevey is an advocate for a classroom that is student-centered and welcoming to a diverse student body. His upbeat, flexible pedagogical style focuses on making learning a fun, enjoyable experience while maintaining the integrity of the classroom. Primary goals include ensuring an environment for open discussion as well as inspiring his students to realize and reach their full potential.

Member of California Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), American Anthropological Association (AAA), Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA), and Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)

Prof. Pevey has traveled extensively around northern Eastern Europe, Mexico, and Brazil, teaching English, developing curricula for language schools, and researching the effects of globalization and concepts of power in language. In addition, he is active in his LGBT+ community in San Francisco.

photo of Sen Maya Gillian

Maya Gillian Sen

Behavioral Sciences Department

PhD, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota (1999)

Prof. Sen has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

I'm a developmental and gender psychologist, and have been a professor since 2000. My research has focused on early understanding of gender (in toddlers) as well as gender (non)conformity in the LGBTQ+ community. I have taught 20-something different courses.I recently moved back to California (I'm a Bay Area native) after many years living various places across the US and Canada. Most of that time was spent in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I am so happy to be back in California. I love the mountains and the ocean, camping, reading, and science fiction. I also love to travel, and I've been to many places in the US, and to four continents. I hope that at some point, I will be able to go to the other three.
My pronouns are she/her or they/them.

photo of Smith Kimberly E

Kimberly E Smith

Behavioral Sciences Department

CSU, Sacramento: BA in Psychology
CSU, Sacramento: MAster in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health
University of San Francisco: Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Multiculturalism

Prof. Smith has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

Click here to complete biographical form
Click here to upload photograph