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Oliver, Guerin Named Western Psychological Association Fellows

March 17, 2014

Two professors of child and adolescent studies, both CSUF alumni, have been named Western Psychological Association Fellows, in recognition of their research, teaching and service.

Diana Guerin '80 (M.A. psychology) and Pamella H. Oliver '94 (M.A. psychology), who joined the university in 1988 and 2001 respectively, will be recognized at the April 25 Western Psychological Association conference in Portland, Ore.

Both scholars worked on the Fullerton Longitudinal Study as graduate students and have continued with the long-standing collaborative research effort initiated by Allen W. Gottfried in 1978. They serve as the study's associate directors and are co-authors of the book "Temperament: Infancy Through Adolescence."

Currently, Guerin is serving her second term as chair on the California State University Academic Senate and as a member of the campus senate. She has chaired the CSUF Department of Child and Adolescent Studies and been a member of the University's Steering Committee for Reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2009, Guerin was honored with Cal State Fullerton's Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award, presented annually to recognize faculty members who have made significant contributions to collegial governance and the mission of the CSU. She earned her doctorate at UCLA.

In addition to teaching and her work with the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, Oliver had conducted research on families at the USC Family Studies Project, which studies the effects of violence in families and communities.

Her teaching and research focus on the influence of families on child and adolescent development, with a particular emphasis on the effects of family conflict, violence and parenting on children's adjustment. She has published articles on temperament, the relation between violence exposure and children's adjustment, ethical issues in working with children and families, and leadership development. Oliver earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at USC.

The Western Psychological Association was founded in 1921 for the purpose of stimulating the exchange of scientific and professional ideas and, in so doing to enhance interest in the processes of research and scholarship in the behavioral sciences. Membership in the Western Psychological Association is open to both students and professionals.

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