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Meet Brianna Horwitz
Educator Passionate About Research and Teaching
Dec. 16, 2013
Brianna Horwitz can thank the faculty at Pasadena City College for helping her shape her interest in not only psychology but in teaching.
"The more classes I took, the more interested I became," says the assistant professor of psychology who joined Cal State Fullerton this fall. "I admired my professors and developed a dream of teaching my own courses. And as I worked toward my degrees, I knew I wanted to work at a California State University campus.
"I wanted to be some place where teaching is valued along with research," she explains. "I love teaching and wake up smiling. The students are enthusiastic and very interactive."
Horwitz' research is focused on interpersonal relationships, how individuals elicit responses from others and how positive responses evoke positive relationships.
She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UCLA and her doctorate in health psychology at UC Irvine. She also served four years as a post doctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University.
The recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging has co-authored a number of papers on family relationships and two recently submitted articles are under review. She also has presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescence and the Behavior Genetics Association.