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  • September 06, 2022
    Ann Hallum Sandra Radtka, an emerita faculty member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, and her husband Michael Patterson …
  • August 29, 2022
    Professor Emerita Michele “Mickey” Eliason was honored with the College of Health & Social Sciences Lifetime Achievement… Eliason served as the College’s first assistant dean of faculty development and scholarship from 2015 to 2022 and taught in…
  • August 29, 2022
    The College of Health & Social Sciences welcomes four new faculty members this year: Miguel Abad Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development Miguel Abad (pronouns: he/they) is a youth worker with more than a decade of experience collaborating with community-based a… Angela Fillingim is a Salvadoran American sociologist. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley an… Cynthia Martinez’s scholarship interests lie in participant action research and include working with BIPOC families to creat… Soheyla Mohammadigorgi received her bachelor’s in Industrial Design from the University of Tehran, her first master’s in Ind…
  • August 29, 2022
    The College of Health & Social Sciences held its annual Fall Opening Meeting on August 18 in hybrid in-person and virtua… The program included remarks by Dean Alvin Alvarez and presentation of the 2022 Faculty Excellence Awards by Associate Dean… View more images from the event on Facebook Dean Alvarez recognized the College’s newly tenured and promoted faculty members… New faculty Miguel Abad, Department of Child & Adolescent Development Angela Fillingim, Department of Sociology & S…
  • August 29, 2022
    The College of Health & Social Sciences congratulates its newly tenured and promoted faculty members: Newly tenured faculty Elif Balin, Department of Counseling Amy Dorie, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department D…
  • August 16, 2022
    With support from CHSS, Associate Professor of Public Health David Rebanal accompanied a delegation of SF State undergraduat… The annual conference had to be canceled the past two years due to COVID-19.  The Northern California CSU programs met in-pe…
  • August 16, 2022
    Aritree Samanta, assistant professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, recent… In this article, Samanta and Shilpa Viswanath, assistant professor of public management at the John Jay College of Criminal…
  • August 16, 2022
    Aritree Samanta, assistant professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, was pa… The report presents the results from a worldwide survey launched by the research team in partnership with the United Nations…
  • August 16, 2022
    Associate Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics Gretchen L. George (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department)… Students experienced new flavors and food practices by touring region specific tomato farms (e.g., San Marzano), visiting wa…
  • August 16, 2022
    Associate Professor Linda M. Platas and Lecturer Yasmin Sitabkhan of the Child and Adolescent Development Department coautho… This paper shares the results of a large-scale longitudinal study in Kenya and examines to what extent school-entry early ma…
  • August 11, 2022
    Giving damaged or unwanted clothes a second life brings significant benefits to the planet and our community. Currently, the… The Diverting Fashion from Landfill project called for fashion designers, fashion design students, innovators, manufacturers…
  • August 04, 2022
    Lecturer of Public Health Deborah Craig received the Berkeley Film Foundation’s 2022 Saul Zaentz award, named after the Acad… The Berkeley Film Foundation supports filmmakers from Berkeley and several other East Bay cities and has funded recent docum…
  • August 03, 2022
    The SF State student chapter of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA) won the association’s Best C… Each year, the ICMA contest awards a select few ICMA student chapters with travel funds to attend the ICMA Annual Conference…
  • August 03, 2022
    In June, Professor Sheldon Gen of the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement was selected to serve on the board of… Gen has served on Point Blue’s science advisory committee for two years and now joins Professor of Geography & Environme…
  • July 29, 2022
    A study of students who successfully completed an academic success course showed that the students benefited academically fr… Colleges and universities have implemented a broad range of initiatives to support student success, including classroom-base…
  • July 18, 2022
    Public Health Lecturer Jessica Wolin is part of a team researching the effectiveness of programs addressing homelessness amo… “What’s unique about this model on our college campuses — both at the community college level and at the Cal State level — i…
  • June 22, 2022
    The Spring/Summer issue of SF State Magazine includes a “Changemaker” profile of alum J Patterson, who received the Californ…
  • June 17, 2022
    Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies at San Francisco Sta… Francisco-Menchavez is committed to transnational organizing and scholarly examination of Filipina migrants’ lives. Her poli…
  • May 24, 2022
    The College of Health & Social Sciences at San Francisco State University has selected the 2022 recipients of the CHSS F… Excellence in Teaching Award (Tenure-Track) Gretchen L. George Gretchen L. George receives this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award for tenure track faculty in recognition of the exemplar… Sarah Pawlowsky, associate clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, receives this year’s Excellence in Teac… Larry Vitale, lecturer in the School of Nursing, has been awarded the CHSS Excellence in Service Award for his dedication to… The College has awarded Assistant Professor of Counseling Elif Balin the Excellence in Scholarship Award for her support of…
  • May 19, 2022
    As part of a longstanding tradition, each of the University’s six academic colleges selects an undergraduate and a graduate… Undergraduate Hood: Davina A. Wizzard Late in her senior year of high school in Valencia, California, Davina A. Wizzard (pictured above, left) had a nerve-wrackin… Born and raised in Oakland, Azisa “Zi” Todd (pictured above, right) says she has the Oakland public education system to than…
  • May 16, 2022
    SF State researchers created a new software tool for evaluating health content on universities’ health center websites… The pandemic — and the lockdowns and social distancing that came with it — made access to online health resources vitally im… The project was led by a team composed of San Francisco State Associate Professors Anagha Kulkarni from Computer Science, Ve…
  • May 09, 2022
    Since 2009, the Merritt Community Capital Corporation has been a generous funder of student scholarships in the School of Pu… 2021-2022 Awardees Kathy Angeles (Urban Studies & Planning) aspires to support and work closely with communities and impacted populations t… Taylor Davidson (Public Administration) has been working in the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry… Temur Umarov (Public Administration) currently works for the Applied Housing Research Initiative at SF State. His previous h…
  • May 06, 2022
    San Francisco State University's Apparel Design & Merchandising program is pleased to present RUNWAY 2022 BLOOM: Turning… SF State Apparel Design & Merchandising students, in collaboration with the Fashion Network Association and SF State's D…
  • April 26, 2022
    Professor Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh A new study reports that obesity disparities are larger between segregated schools than within racially integrated schools.… Source: CampusMemo
  • April 12, 2022
    The College of Health & Social Sciences (CHSS) is pleased to offer a tribute to former SF State faculty member and commu… The engaging presentation has been prepared by CHSS lecturer Deborah Craig, who is currently making a feature-length documen… John Paul De Cecco (1925-2017) was a friend and colleague of Sally Gearhart’s. He was a pioneer in the burgeoning field of s…
  • April 07, 2022
    This year the College of Health & Social Sciences’ 7th Annual Showcase was held virtually on Thursday, April 7. This yea… Program Jump to specific time in video: Introduction by Dean Alvarez "A phenomenological study of critical aspects of pande… Gretchen L. George is passionate about prevention and empowerment. In her position as associate professor of Nutrition and D… Julie Chronister is a professor in the Department of Counseling at SF State and a faculty member in the Clinical Mental Heal… Ruby Turalba is a child of immigrants from La Union, Philippines. She is an educator, ally, and mentor who describes herself… Stephanie Windle is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at SF State. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice…
  • March 30, 2022
    Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts died on Monday, March 28, after battling cancer. Roberts’ research… Roberts joined the faculty at SF State in 2005 after spending 22 years of her career in the field. A Fulbright scholar, she…
  • March 04, 2022
    After a two-year postponement, graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 will finally get their in-person Commencement cer… San Francisco State University will hold its in-person Commencement ceremony honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021 on Thursd… The University planned to hold a make-up Commencement ceremony on Jan. 8, 2022, at Chase Center but that event was postponed…
  • November 18, 2021
    SF State researchers win NIH funds to study anti-racist healing in nature In times of duress, many individuals turn to natur…
  • November 03, 2021
    J Patterson says award will help her continue transforming lives through social work San Francisco State University graduate…
  • October 27, 2021
    Family Acceptance Project Releases Poster Series for American Indian Families & Communities to Help Families to Support…
  • July 27, 2021
    San Francisco State University’s motto is “Experientia docet” — “Experience teaches.” But when it’s nurses-in-training getti…
  • June 25, 2021
    Project will examine post-COVID 19 migrations among Filipino care workers San Francisco State University Associate Professor… “In the United States, one out of four Filipinos work in the health care industry as nurses, caregivers to the elderly, and… As she did in her earlier ethnographic study of Filipino transnational life, Francisco-Menchavez will use qualitative resear…
  • June 06, 2021
    SF State’s College of Health & Social Sciences announces the 2021 recipients of the CHSS Faculty Excellence Awards, esta… Excellence in Teaching (Tenure-Track) Molly McManus Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development… Molly E. McManus began her career in education as a bilingual early elementary school teacher in Oakland and San Francisco.… Excellence in Teaching (Lecturer) Hamida Nusrat  Lecturer, Clinical Laboratory Science Program Hamida Nusrat teaches, trains and mentors Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Public Health Microbiology (PHM) interns and… Excellence in Scholarship Kate Hamel Professor, Department of Kinesiology Kate Hamel earned her P.hD. in Biomechanics and Locomotion Studies with a minor in Gerontology from Pennsylvania State Unive… Excellence in Service Anthony Mayo Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology Anthony Mayo has been a part of the Department of Kinesiology at SF State since earning his master's degree in 2003. He was…
  • April 29, 2021
    New research shows lack of labor protections for Filipino caregivers is exacerbated with COVID-19 crisis San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Sociology Valerie Francisco-Menchavez recently authored a research pap…
  • September 25, 2020
    SF State’s College of Health & Social Sciences presented its Faculty Excellence Awards at the College’s Virtual Fall Ope… Excellence in Teaching Award (Tenured/Tenure-Track) Linda Platas, Child & Adolescent Development Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Linda Platas received the Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured… Excellence in Teaching Award (Lecturers) Deborah Craig, Public Health Deborah Craig of the Department of Public Health received the Excellence in Teaching Award for lecturers. She received the s… Excellence in Service Award Sheldon Gen, Public Affairs & Civic Engagement Associate Professor Sheldon Gen of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement was awarded the College’s Excellence in… Excellence in Scholarship Award Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Public Health The College presented Professor Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh with the Excellence in Scholarship award for her support of student-in…
  • July 08, 2020
    Participants in the Task Force on Teaching 2019 Summer Retreat (left to right): Associate Dean John Elia, Nicole Corrales (A… One thing many faculty members benefit from is the sense of community and camaraderie they find during chance meetings in th… “We wanted to provide a sense of community among everyone teaching in the College, to establish mentoring relationships, hel… A plan comes to fruition In the spring of 2019, Veri says, she and other members of the task force, Elia, and a faculty memb… Remote teaching brings unforeseen challenges With courses moved online, Veri says, faculty members need even more support. “…
  • June 22, 2020
    The two 2020 recipients of the Dr. Morris R. Lewenstein Scholarship, Allison Phuong and Michael Brodheim, are at different s… Sociology major eyes career as mental health social worker Allison Phuong, a junior majoring in sociology, applied to and was accepted by eight universities, but chose SF State after… Giving back to the community is also a goal for Michael Brodheim. After being incarcerated for 35 years and then released in…
  • June 12, 2020
    Kristal Osorio and Aya Francisco-Menchavez table to collect surveys at Kasayahan Filipino American History Month celebration… Before COVID-19 hit, Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, assistant professor of Sociology, and research assistants Kristal Osorio a… “Under COVID-19, we have a new angle,” says Francisco-Menchavez. “So many Filipinos are on the front lines right now — as ca… “Working with [Francisco-Menchavez] made me realize how much work goes into becoming a professor, especially for a Filipina… Both students see Francisco-Menchavez as a mentor and an inspiration. “Working with her made me realize how much work goes i… “I really believe in [the student researchers] and I appreciate working with and learning from them. The experience they bri… Supporting and learning from each other Francisco-Menchavez sees herself less as a mentor and more as helping two Filipinas…
  • September 12, 2019
    San Francisco State University’s College of Health & Social Sciences presented its Faculty Excellence Awards at the Coll… Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Pavlína Látková received the Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured… Associate Professor Jackson Wilson of the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism was awarded the College’s inaugural… The College awarded Assistant Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Valerie Francisco-Menchavez the Excellence in Sch…
  • May 01, 2018
    Associate Professor Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh (Photo by Jim Block) When Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh worked as a case manager for a Mission-based migrant-family center in the early 1990s, the challe… Trained as a preschool teacher in Mexico, Sanchez-Vaznaugh, now an SF State associate professor of health education, immigra… “I learned that there was a science around [health disparities], and I immediately became passionate about doing this work,… An SF State connection blossoms The bridge from direct service to policy research arrived in the person of Zoe Cardoza Clays… “It's very important to monitor, reduce and maybe even eliminate child health disparities now, because if they continue… Research that informs policy Seeking to deepen her knowledge and scientific skills, Sanchez-Vaznaugh followed her MPH with a…
  • February 26, 2018
    Environmental Studies student Jin Zhu and Assistant Professor Autumn Thoyre with one of the solar suitcases (Photo by Jim Bl… In a conference room at a Stockton training center last July, Daly City middle school teacher Leland Oshins learned how to c… “I hadn’t realized that the project was reaching into the classroom but also reaching beyond the classroom,” he says — teach… “I wanted a course that would think about energy systems in the context of environmental justice.” New course, new direction “It’s the kind of project that as an environmental studies professor, it’s really hard to pass up,… SF State students Katya Amezcua (left) and LisaMarie Betancourt use a digital multimeter to test the circuit on the solar su… Switching on new ideas Zhu is hooked. He plans to do more solar suitcase visits with the Boys and Girls Club. Encouraged by… “It’s not just that the students learn hard skills and soft skills,” she says, referring to assembling electronics and mento… Going even broader, Thoyre points to the powerful symbolism that even a middle-schooler can build a solar suitcase. A lot of…
  • January 22, 2018
    When the deadline arrived for Christoph Zepeda to apply to transfer from Santa Barbara City College to UC Santa Barbara (UCS… Falling in love with learning Zepeda’s academic trajectory first veered from the norm at 16, when he dropped out of high sch… “I didn’t know you just stand up for something you believe in, fearlessly. Seeing that modeled in a way that wasn’t aggressi… More course-changes A year spent saving up money and organizing his financial aid helped smooth the transition to graduate s…
  • August 15, 2017
    Student subjects Jamison Ly and Milad Ebadat take part in a Department of Kinesiology study into whether virtual reality gam… During the initial study, SF State graduate student Dulce Gomez led a team of undergraduate researchers and collected heart…
  • July 31, 2017
    Christine Nevarez, early practicum support specialist (left) and Linda Platas, assistant professor of child and adolescent d… Waiting in HSS 107 for her early childhood classroom practicum to begin, Stephanie Estrada clutches an invisible steering wh… High school became a refuge for the bright and talkative teen as she moved between friends and relatives, preparing to take… Stephanie Estrada works with preschool children. Both Estrada and Hurtado enrolled in the early practicum, CAD 215: Foundati… “The students are learning how to be a teacher in all of its aspects, from lesson planning to activity planning to interacti… Math and more That wider developmental view has its roots in a seminal 2007 study, which found that early understanding of m… “Problem-solving and seeing how the different kids learn and what keeps them interested … those are all tools I can use when… New pathways to training The practicum pilot complements a robust existing program in the CAD department that supports the e… Noelle Akousa Dankwa Owusu (left) and Maria Olalde (far right) engage preschool kids in a learning activity.  A success on m…
  • March 28, 2017
    In fall of 2012, Carolina Talavera Martinez opened a message from the tall stack of emails that greets new freshman. It was… The advising anchored a slate of services Martinez received in the program and helped her choose the classes that she needed… “Many of our advisors have clinical experience, so they’re able to delve deeper than just grades. The social piece is a real… Student support goes well beyond academic advising. SOAR has tutoring available and offers its students priority registratio… Carolina Talavera Martinez with SOAR Director Juan Carlos Gonzalez and SOAR Academic Coordinator Taryn Wong. A pilot that to… “When SOAR succeeds, that means you’re getting a whole new generation of 120 students to think, ‘I didn’t think I could do t… Return on investment The more students CHSS can elevate, the better, Alvarez says. He notes that there’s a generative effect…
  • November 21, 2016
    When Proposition 8 was on the California ballot to make same-sex marriage illegal, 10-year-old Jordan Montgomery’s Mormon pa… Despite having spent her whole life in a church culture that rejects gay people, Montgomery says her first instincts as a mo… “I knew there had to be a way to bring LGBT young people and families together to strengthen bonds and increase acceptance a… Amid tragedy, hope “Before we did this [research] the perception was that all families rejected their LGBT children and were… “The project gives families a different way of thinking about their LGBT children by shifting the discourse on homosexuality… After Jordan came out, Montgomery learned from the Family Acceptance Project that many of the things parents do out of care… “If you talk to any Mormon parent out there, they will all tell you that at some point in this journey, you will feel like y… Montgomery says Ryan’s work removes that choice from the conversation. “That’s what the genius of the Family Acceptance Proj…
  • August 24, 2016
    Larisa Revzina (left) and students at Gurnick Academy examine a training manikin. (Photos by Jim Block) The restrooms at Anchorage International Airport were immaculate, with ample supplies of soap and paper towels. That was Lar… “I cried because I thought, gosh, it’s a very clean country, it’s beautiful surroundings and it’s excellent people,” she say… Revzina and her family — including daughter Julia, then 10, and husband Lev — were part of a wave of Russian-Jewish emigrant… She also uses nursing to stay connected to her home country, with a weekly clinical day at a private practice that serves Sa…
  • June 16, 2016
    Jared Walker (left) and Naomi Kelly in San Francisco City Hall The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship offers public-sector opportunities to students who have overcome obstacles With its gilded dome, grand staircase and formally dressed wedding couples posing for photos that will last a lifetime, San… That chapter was a semester-long internship handpicked for Walker based on his career ambition to become a city manager. The… “SF State is a lifelong support system for these students, as are many of their supervisors — that’s our job.” Partners at the City And when Pinderhughes reaches out to people like City Administrator Naomi Kelly to place fellows, the a… Metrics of success Based on the program’s success rate, his odds look good. All former fellows are either employed, applying… “The Willie Brown students are highly motivated to pursue a profession and highly motivated to give back to their communitie… A dedicated network The program is open to all SF State students, but the majority of applicants in the past year came from…
  • May 11, 2016
    Vida Sanford (left) and Ian Mosier At 16, Ian Mosier was shy, chronically truant, and on the verge of dropping out of San Francisco’s Galileo High School. He w… For a kid who hadn’t gotten much praise for his academic performance in recent years, Mosier says, “Going to the ropes cours… “The best part of my job is watching the development of these young leaders, not only when they start to gain confidence… bu… Mosier, who’s 34, is still applying PLI skills nearly two decades on. He’s returning to SF State, this time as a psychology…