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Institute Faculty Steering Committee

Susan Cadwallader, Ph.D.Susan Cadwallader, Ph.D.

Email: scadwallader@fullerton.edu
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Susan Cadwallader holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She joined California State University, Fullerton in 2006 as an Associate Professor of Marketing at California State University, Fullerton, and was honored with the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics’ 'Teaching Innovation Award' in 2007. Dr. Cadwallader teaches Marketing to the 50+ Consumer at the graduate level, Services Marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the capstone Strategic Marketing course at the undergraduate level. Her research has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review (Deusto), Marketing Education Review, Journal of Marketing Channels, and the Journal for Organizational Change Management. Prior to earning her doctorate degree she held a 15-year career in product development and marketing in the telecommunications and data services industry in Atlanta, Georgia. This background has shaped a research stream exploring services marketing, the implementation of new strategies, adoption of innovation and technology by employees and customers, and the changing relationships between front-line service employees and their customers. 


CherryBarbara Cherry, Ph.D.

Email: bcherry@fullerton.edu
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Barbara Cherry is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) as well as an Associate Coordinator for the Gerontology Academic Program. She holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Cherry’s research interests include cognitive aging and hemispheric asymmetries in both younger and older adults. She is part of a multidisciplinary team at CSUF studying physical and cognitive health in individuals with fibromyalgia and normal adults 50 years of age and older. She is also part of a multidisciplinary team at USC investigating potential underlying biological mechanisms of the health benefits of an Occupational Therapy-based health promotion program in well older adults.  

Melanie Mallers, Ph.D.Melanie Horn Mallers, Ph.D.

Email: mhornmallers@fullerton.edu
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Melanie Mallers is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Services at Cal State Fullerton. She was trained to be a life span developmental researcher with a focus on stress, health and coping across adulthood. Her educational background also includes intensive emphasis on family systems theory, social ecology and biopsychosocial models of human development. Currently, she is is exploring the relationship between disrupted parent-child attachments during childhood and daily reactivity (stressor response, mood and physical health symptoms) during middle adulthood. A related thread of research includes the unique role of father-son relationships. Additionally, she is currently working on a grant to examine the role of technology as a function of health adherence and maintenance among older adults. Dr. Mallers’s research has been published in Developmental Psychology and Psychology and Health, as well as in several books.


Kristin J. Kleinjans, Ph.D.Kristin J. Kleinjans, Ph.D.

Email: kkleinjans@fullerton.edu
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Kristin J. Kleinjans received her PhD in economics as well as a Graduate Certificate for Latin American Social and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an applied microeconomist with interests in public economics, labor economics, and health. Her approach is often interdisciplinary and incorporates results from psychology and sociology in economic models. Her recent work provides reasons for gender differences in educational and occupational choices. In other work, she analyzes how different health insurance systems affect retirement behavior and how institutions affect pension program choices.


Sang Jung Oh, Ph.D.Sang Jung Oh, Ph.D.

Email: sjoh@fullerton.edu
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Dr. Oh is currently an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal State Fullerton.  His research focuses on control systems applied to aerospace and biomedical engineering applications.  His PhD research concentrated on Iterative Learning and Repetitive Control applied to electromechanical systems.  Recently, he is extending his expertise to manufacturing systems and machine design to infuse practical engineering knowledge to students at Fullerton.  He is also working on assistive technology that can aid the mobility of the elderly seniors (improved assistive walker design).  Prior to joining Fullerton, he was a neuroscience postdoctoral researcher at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University, studying sequence learning, decision theory, and motor control.  He has received BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, all from Columbia University in New York.


Jennifer R. Piazza, Ph.D.Jennifer R. Piazza, Ph.D.

Email: jpiazza@fullerton.edu
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Dr. Piazza’s research examines the effect stress has on psychological well-being and physical health, with an emphasis on how these associations change across the life-span. Her work lies at the intersection of health and developmental psychology and is driven by three main goals: 1) To determine how chronic physical health problems and other types of stressors may affect normative aging processes; 2) To identify the physiological changes that occur when people are exposed to acute and chronic stressors; and 3) To determine if these physiological changes are more harmful with advancing age.


Dr. Debra RoseDebra J. Rose. Ph.D.

Email: drose@fullerton.edu
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Dr. Debra Rose is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Director of the Center for Successful Aging and the Institute of Gerontology at California State University at Fullerton. She also serves as co-director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence housed at the University of Southern California. Her primary research focus is on the enhancement of mobility and the prevention of falls in later years. Dr. Rose is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in fall risk reduction assessment and programming and has received numerous awards for her scientific and professional contributions in the areas of healthy aging and fall risk reduction.


Laura Zettel-Watson , Ph.DLaura Zettel-Watson , Ph.D.

Email: lzettel-watson@fullerton.edu
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Laura Zettel-Watson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Gerontology Program Council at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on close relationships in later life. She is especially interested in how social support and social participation impact physical and psychological well-being for at-risk populations. She currently is involved in studies investigating caregiver health and well-being, social support resources available to those aging without a spouse and/or adult children, and the impact of psychosocial factors on persons with fibromyalgia.