Full Time Psychology Faculty

Michael Dudley, Ph.D. (2005, University of Kentucky).

Dr. Dudley received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2005. Prior to joining the Palomar faculty in 2017, he was an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville for 12 years.  Dr. Dudley teaches a variety of courses, including introductory psychology, social psychology, research design and statistics, group dynamics, and the psychology of gender. His experimental research focuses on prejudicial attitudes and the influence of stigmas on impression management and interpersonal interactions. His applied research involves conducting program evaluations to test the effectiveness of health education intervention services. His research has been published in Personality and Individual Differences, AIDS Education and Prevention, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences sponsored by organizations such as the Midwestern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and Oxford University.

• Office: MD-244

• Phone: 760-744-1150 x2337

• E-Mail: mdudley@palomar.edu

Dr. Betsi LittleBetsi Little, Ph.D. (2006, University of North Dakota)

Dr. Little received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of North Dakota in 2006.  Prior to joining Palomar in 2019, she was an Associate Professor at National University for 4 years and served as the Department Chair of the Psychology department at Trinity Lutheran College.  Dr. Little teaches a variety of courses, including introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, social psychology, and physiological psychology. Her research focuses on the perceptions held of, and by, marginalized populations.  Her current research focuses on the legitimacy of domestic and interpersonal violence, in heterosexual and homosexual couples.  She is also conducting research on how one perceives and presents their own gender identity and sexual orientation.  Future research will examine the perceptions of transgender use of public spaces. She lives in San Diego with her husband and little one.

Dr. Marisa McMackinMarissa McMackin, Ph.D. (2017, UC Davis)

Dr.McMackin earned her B.S. in Biopsychology from UC Santa Barbara, her master’s in Physiology and Behavior from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology from UC Davis. Her research has examined neurodegenerative diseases that result in movement disorders. Her current interests include the impact of acute and chronic stress on the brain and body. She teaches Physiological Psychology (Psyc210), Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (Psyc205), Human Sexuality (Psyc125) and Introduction to Psychology (Psyc100).

Roger Morrissette, Ph.D. (1997, UCLA/Stanford University).

Dr. Morrissette has a B.A. in Psychology from Plymouth State University, an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D in Neuroscience from UCLA and conducted his dissertation research at Stanford University.  Dr. Morrissette’s special interests include cellular aspects of learning and memory and sleep physiology. He is a Professor of Psychology at Palomar College where he has been teaching Psyc 210: Physiological Psychology and Psyc 205: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences since the fall of 2001.

• Office: MD-250/MD-129A

• Phone: 760-744-1150 x 3255

• E-Mail: rmorrissette@palomar.edu

• Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology/Sociology 205) Online course website

M.OBRIEN.HEADSHOTMatthew O’Brien, Ph.D. (2016, Claremont Graduate University)

Dr. O’Brien has a BA and an MA in Psychology from Cal State San Marcos and a Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.  While completing his degree he worked as a lecturer for CSUSM (since 2011) and as a part-time faculty member at Palomar (since 2009).  His research has examined the fallibility of human memory in cases involving eyewitnesses, and also the impact of repeated testing on long-term retention of learned information.  He is an Assistant Professor at Palomar College and teaches PSYC 100 – Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 120 – Introduction to Social Psychology, PSYC 211 – Cognitive Psychology, PSYC 230 – Research Methods, and PSYC 235 – Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification.

• Office: MD-255

• Phone: 760-744-1150 x 3742

• E-Mail: mobrien@palomar.edu

Kristin Peviani, Ph.D.Kristin Peviani, Ph.D. (she/her) (2022, Virginia Tech)

Dr. Peviani earned an associate’s degree in psychology from Saddleback College, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Virginia Tech. Her interests include risk and resilience in developmental psychopathology, health disparities due to social and economic inequalities, and statistical methods. She teaches courses in Research Methods in Psychology and Introduction to Psychology at Palomar College.


Fredric E. Rose, Ph.D.  (1994, University of Montana)

Dr. Rose has a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana.  He completed a post doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston VA Aphasia Research Center.  Prior to coming to Palomar, he ran the neuropsychology service at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and then served as a Staff Scientist in the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Salk Institute in La Jolla.  His interest is in aging and dementia.  As a Professor of Psychology here at Palomar, he has taught and teaches Psyc 100 – Introductory Psychology, Psyc 125 – Human Sexuality, Psyc 205 – Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, and Psyc 230 – Research Methods in Psychology.

• Office: MD-256

• Phone: 760-744-1150 x 2344

• E-Mail: frose@palomar.edu

NettaSNetta Schroer, Ph.D. (2011, Claremont Graduate University)

Dr. Schroer (rhymes with ROAR!) has a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Gender Studies from Scripps College and a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.  She joined the Palomar College family in 2013 and teaches courses in Research Methods in Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Women, and Introduction to Psychology. Her research interests lie in jury decision-making and, more specifically, the conditions that lead to wrongful convictions.  As part of this work, she has examined the factors that contribute to false confessions (including the role of dispositional factors, interrogation techniques, and culture), and investigated how jurors respond to confession evidence.  She has also conducted research on how false testimony from jailhouse snitches contributes to the conviction of innocent people, as well as means to reduce racial bias in death penalty cases. Aside from her love of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, and shopping for office supplies (not kidding…I love Post-Its!).

• Office: MD-249

• Phone: 760-744-1150 x 2339

• E-Mail: nschroer@palomar.edu

kYoung Kathleen Young, Ph.D.   (UCLA)
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Young has a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her interests include cross cultural psychology, acculturation, and the application of psychological knowledge to behavior change, ethnocultural and social issues.  She currently teaches Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Learning and Behavior Modification at Palomar College.

• Office: MD-247

• Phone: 760-744-1150 x 2340

• E-Mail: kyoung@palomar.edu


Part Time Psychology Faculty

Ulla Anderson uanderson@palomar.edu
Kiana Bertrand kbertrand@palomar.edu
Jayd Blankenship jblankenship@palomar.edu
Coral Bruni cbruni@palomar.edu
Amy Cunningham acunningham2@palomar.edu
Teresa Emminger temminger@palomar.edu
Holly Gilzow hgilzow@palomar.edu
Genevieve Griffin ggriffin@palomar.edu
Kelly Harrison kharrison@palomar.edu
Sophie Hawkins shawkins@palomar.edu
Raymond M. Hoy rhoy@palomar.edu
Sarah Kirk skirk@palomar.edu
Alex S. Kowalczyk akowalczyk@palomar.edu
Barbara McPherson bmcpherson@palomar.edu
Louis Milstein lmilstein@palomar.edu
Paola Ortiz portiz@palomar.edu
Shannon Rodrigue srodrigue@palomar.edu
Jennifer Ruckoldt jruckoldt@palomar.edu
Gin Tasulis vtasulis@palomar.edu
Amy Thompson athompson@palomar.edu
Melissa Warstadt mwarstadt@palomar.edu