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Advising Information

Reference Information

There are many sources of information about the Psychology Department at CSUSM. Most of the information needed to develop your program of studies is contained in CSUSM General Catalog and the Schedule of Classes. The Psychological Science Student Handbook has been developed to provide additional information.

Faculty Advising

Once you declare Psychological Science or CHAD as your major, it is important that you meet with a faculty member for advising on major requirements and career and graduate school issues.  Any tenure track faculty member can advise you on questions pertaining to the major.

Tenure Track Faculty office hours for Spring 2020:
Faculty Member Office Email
Grant-Vallone, Elisa (Department Chair) M- 1:30-3:30pm, OBA - SBSB 3210
Berry, Daniel T- 10:30-12:30pm- SBSB 3208
Caine, Nancy T- 10:30-11:30am, R- 10:30-11:30am- SBSB 3224
Calvillo, Dustin M-1:00-2:00pm, T- 1:00-2:00pm, W- 1:00-2:00pm- SBSB 3233
Carnes, Nathan T-2:00-3:00pm, W- 12:00-1:00pm- SBSB 3235
D'Anna-Hernandez, Kimberly T- 2:30-3:30pm, W- 9:30-10:30am- SBSB 3229
 DeLuca Bishop, Haylee T- 3:00-4:00pm, R- 9:00-10:00am- SBSB 3227
 Fitzpatrick, Maureen M-1:00-2:00pm, T-1:00-2:00pm, OBA- SBSB 3238
 Gonzalez, Gerardo T-12:00-12:45pm & 2:30-3:30pm- SBSB 3218
Grabow, Aleksandria  T- 9:00-11:00am- SBSB 3232
 Hamill, Sharon M- 8:00-9:00am, OBA- SBSB 3206
Kimel, Sasha M- 3:00-5:00pm- SBSB 3214
Mahler, Heike T- 4:00-5:00pm, R- 4:00-5:00pm- SBSB 3239
Phung, Janice T- 10:30-11:30am, R- 10:30-11:30am- SBSB 3240
Pulvers, Kim R- 1:00-2:00pm- SBSB 3212
Schustack, Miriam M- 1:00-2:00pm, W- 1:00-2:00pm, OBA- SBSB 3216
Trujillo, Keith By appointment- SBSB 3230
Vanderbilt, Kimberly M- 1:00-3:00pm- SBSB 3226
Williams, Carrick W- 10:00-11:00am, R- 2:30-3:30pm- SBSB 3205

Course Approvals

Do you want to take a course through CSU Online or at another university? You MUST receive approval BEFORE you take a MAJORS course. Even if a course has a similar/same name, it does not mean it includes the same content or meets our PSYC or CHAD department course requirements.  Our designated faculty advisors for PSYC majors (and minors) are Dr. Haylee De Luca Bishop and Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez. You MUST send a course description and syllabus and receive approval before taking a majors course off campus or online but we do NOT need to approve GE or non-majors courses. This is true for all CSU online courses.

The faculty members below can evaluate courses you have taken at other institutions to determine if they can be transferred to the Psychology or CHAD major at CSUSM and can answer general advising questions.

Note: Faculty approval is required for all courses except for PSYC 100, 220 and 230 and PSYC 210 and 215 if they are specifically articulated with a community college. See

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) Advising

CSUSM also offers academic advising for lower division course work for psychology undergraduate students.  Students should meet with a College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences advisor for general education and graduation requirements. Appointments to see an advisor can be made via the Academic Advising website.  

Psychology lower division undergraduate advisor: 

Benita Ramirez, MS
Phone: 760-750-4098
Office: Craven Hall 1300
Silvia Grover
Phone: 760-750-4166
Office: Craven Hall 1300

Questions about non-psychology aspects of your educational program will probably require referral to other advisors. Undergraduate Advising Services are located on the 1st floor of Craven Hall.

Applying for Graduation

Graduation is not automatic upon the completion of requirements. Students who intend to graduate must take the initiative. Upon completion of 85 units, the student is eligible to file an application for graduation with Enrollment Services. The Class Schedule each semester specifies the filing date, which is well in advance of the expected graduation date.

Your application for graduation will result in notification to the Psychology Department.

Career Counseling

The Career Center offers a variety of services to assist students in choosing educational paths, assessing life direction and establishing career goals. Some of the services include:

  • Personal career counseling
  • Workshops, seminars and professional panels
  • Career library resources
  • Graduate school information
  • Job and career position listings

The Psychology Department's Liaison to the Career Center contact info:

Heather Starr
Phone: 760-750-4900 (Career Center Office)
Phone: 760-750-4897
Office: Craven Hall 1400-D

In addition, Psychology faculty have further information on careers in psychology, including a booklet published by the American Psychological Association entitled Careers in Psychology.

4-Year Roadmaps

4-Year Roadmaps is a useful tool for Freshman and Sophomore level CSUSM students who are just beginning their academic studies. Information entered into the program will produce a "roadmap" of the first two years of courses that should be taken.