Advisor- Melissa Hagan, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Psychology
Melissa Hagan obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Arizona State University in 2013, completed a one-year APA-accredited clinical science internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Psychiatry Department of University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Trauma Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Hagan’s expertise is clinical, developmental, and biological psychology, with a focus on how stress and adversity in childhood impact functioning at different stages of the life span. She is particularly interested in the parent-child relationship, intergenerational processes of risk and resilience, and the design of effective family-based interventions. In addition to her research, Dr. Hagan is a licensed clinical psychologist, teaches the undergraduate class Theories of Personality at SFSU, and provides clinical supervision to therapists in training.
Advisor- David E. Gard, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology
David Gard received his Masters degree in clinical psychology from San Francisco State University in 1996 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. He has been lecturing at San Francisco State University since 1997 and was hired full time at SFSU in the fall of 2005. His research interests are broadly in the area of emotion and motivation dysfunction in various disorders including schizophrenia and depression.