Meet the Psychology Faculty

Psychology Professors

Alan Keys

Alan S. Keys, PhD

Professor of Psychology
Sacramento City College

Education:
BA, Psychology – California State University, Northridge, 1988
MA, Psychology – University of California, Los Angeles, 1992
PhD, Psychology – Behavioral Neuroscience emphasis, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995

Current Courses:
PSYCH 300 – General Principles of Psychology
PSYCH 310-Biological Psychology
PSYCH311-Biological Psychology Laboratory
PSYCH 335-Research Methods in Psychology

Dr. Keys was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  His interests in the field of Psychology began during his undergraduate studies at CSU, Northridge where he worked with faculty on several research projects in the areas of psychometrics and biological psychology. These projects including the study of personality inventory data via confirmatory factor analysis, pupillary response studies of vigilance, and the effects of chronic stimulant exposure on maternal behavior. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Keys also worked with researchers from the University Southern California on physiological correlates of SIDs and with Dr. Barry Sterman’s research team at the San Fernando Valley VA on EEG measures of attention in Air Force Pilots.

In his doctoral program at UCLA, he utilized animal models to pursue his main research interest of the effects of chronic stimulant exposure on the reward circuitry of the brain and associated alterations in behavior. He also conducted a number of animal and human studies focused on the side effects of chronic antipsychotic drug treatment.  His studies on animal models of chronic stimulant usage included novel findings of neural degeneration in feedback mechanisms related to the dopamine reward pathway.

Dr. Keys continued his research on the effects of drugs of abuse on the reward circuitry of the brain as a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.  His doctoral and postdoctoral research is represented in several scholarly research articles, book chapters, and a National Institute of Drug Abuse monograph.

Professional Experience
Various Research Assistantships in Behavioral Neuroscience, Los Angeles, CA 1988-1995.

National Institute of Drug Abuse, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR. 1995-1998

Adjunct Professor of Psychology – Various community colleges, state and private universities, and graduate schools in Oregon and Washington, 1998-2000,

Professor of Psychology – Sacramento City College, 2000- present.

Faculty Research Coordinator – Sacramento City College, 2000-2012

Hossein Moftakhar

Dr. Moftakhar  has been teaching at Sacramento City College for over 32 years.

He has taught  at California State University, Sacramento and at UC Davis for a number of years, also. He has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, a Masters in Communication and an Administrative Credential. His particular interests are  teaching and research in Psychology and Communication. He has served as a Consular, Student Affairs Officer, a Chairperson, a Dean and a College President.

He has a number of publications in his fields and has been elected as a Research Scholar serving at the United Nations University.

Gayle Pitman

Gayle E Pitman, PhD-website

Professor of Psychology
Sacramento City College

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Education:

BA, Clinical Psychology, minor in Women’s Studies – Tufts University, 1994
MA, Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Women emphasis – California School of Professional Psychology, 1996
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Women emphasis – California School of Professional Psychology, 1999

Current Courses:
Specific course information can be found through the Desire to Learn (D2L) website

  • PSYCH 300 – General Principles of Psychology
  • PSYCH 360 – Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 364 – Psychology of Sexual Orientation

Dr. Gayle Pitman grew up in New Jersey, 30 miles from New York City. As an undergraduate at Tufts University, she worked in Dr. Robin Kanarek’s laboratory focusing on studies of nutrition and eating behaviors. As part of her undergraduate major requirements, she interned at a residential treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed adolescent girls. At CSPP, Dr. Pitman was mentored by Dr. Kristin Hancock, who co-authored the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients; Dr. Valory Mitchell, whose research also focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population; and Dr. Derald Sue, whose work involves multicultural issues and developing cultural competence. She also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Diana Russell, who has conducted extensive research on rape, sexual assault, and violence against women. Her dissertation research examined the relationship between body dissatisfaction and internalized homophobia in lesbian women, and her post-graduate research continued to focus on the physical and mental health correlates of internalized homophobia.

Dr. Pitman’s clinical training included working with adolescents in juvenile hall, college and university students, the severely mentally ill population, people with AIDS (PWAs), and the LGBT community. She completed her predoctoral internship at UC Santa Cruz Counseling and Psychological Services, and her postdoctoral fellowship was at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Pitman has been teaching at Sacramento City College since 2001. Her teaching and writing interests focus on gender, sexual orientation, and social justice. She has published several journal articles about feminist theory, LGBT issues, and psychotherapeutic practice. She has written a nonfiction book, Backdrop: The Politics and Personalities behind Sexual Orientation Research, and a children’s picture book, titled This Day in June.

This Day In June

Professional Experience

  • Research assistant – Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1992-1994
  • Psychological trainee – St. Mary’s College Counseling Center, Moraga, CA, 1995-1996
  • Research assistant – Diana Russell, Ph.D., Mills College, Oakland, CA, 1995-1998
  • Psychological trainee – Iris Center, San Francisco, CA, 1996-1997
  • Psychological intern – Alameda County Juvenile Hall, San Leandro, CA, 1997-1998
  • Psychological intern – UC Santa Cruz Counseling and Psychological Services, Santa Cruz, CA, 1998-1999
  • Postdoctoral fellow – University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1999-2001

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology – Cabrillo College, San Jose City College, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University – 1999-2001
  • Professor of Psychology – Sacramento City College, 2001-present.
  • Women’s Studies Coordinator – Sacramento City College, 2005-present.

Maria Regalado

Maria C. Regalado, PhD- website

Professor of Psychology and Faculty Researcher Coordinator

Education:

  • PhD School of Education, Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis
    Dissertation: A Student-Centered Perspective of Technology for Learning at a California Community College
  • M.A., Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
    Thesis: The Effects of Stereotype Threat on Verbal Test Performance of Mexican American Community College Students
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
  • Certificate of Research, Pre-Doctoral Research Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • A.S., General Sciences, Yuba College, Marysville, California

Tenured Teaching Assignments- Sacramento City College

  • General Principles of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Minorities
  • Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of Women

Pre-Tenure Teaching Assignments- American River College, Yuba College, and Sierra College

  • General Principles of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personal and Social Adjustment
  • Personality Theories
  • Lifespan Development

Graduate Teaching Assignments, University of California, Davis

  • Teaching in Elementary Schools
  • Educational Psychology
  • Political Economy of Chicana/o Communities

Professional Experience

  • 08/13-Present
    Faculty Researcher Coordinator, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California
    Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness, Division (PRIE)
  • 01/06-Present
    Professor (with tenure), Psychology, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California
  • 01/10-06/10
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis
  • 09/04-12/09
    Graduate Research Assistant, Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis
  • 09/05-06/06
    Associate Instructor, Teacher Education, University of California, Davis
  • 09/05-12/05
    Adjunct Instructor, Psychology,
    American River College, Sacramento, California
  • 09/05-12/05
    Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Sierra College, Rocklin, California
  • 08/02-12/05
    Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Yuba College, Marysville, California

SCHOLARSHIP

Publications
Porter, S. G., Todd, T. A., & Regalado, M. C. (2012). Validation of the California Preparedness to Teach Students with Autism (CAPTSA) Survey for Pre-Service Special Education Teachers. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education, 2, (3).

Manuscripts in Preparation
Regalado, M. C. Challenges facing California’s Latino community college transfer students. To be submitted to Community College Review.
Regalado, M. C. The Psychology of Immigration. To be submitted to various publishers.

Invited Lectures and Presentations
Invited Presentations (California State University, Chico)

Regalado, M. C. (2007) Teaching English language development to students with special needs.  Presentation to special education teacher interns, California State University, Chico. April 20, 2007.

Conference Presentations (Statewide)
Porter, S. G., Todd, T. A., & Regalado, M. C. Preservice Teachers’ Perceived Readiness to Teach Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Presented at the California Educational Research Association, Monterey, California. November 29–30, 2012.

Conference Presentation Submissions (National)
Regalado, M. C. Technology for learning at an urban California community college: Voices and experiences of community college students with computer-supported learning. Submitted for presentation at the annual conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 7–9, 2011.

Honors and Awards
Alumni of the Year Award, Social Science Division, Yuba Community College (2005-2006)

Advising Activities

  • Faculty Advisor, Psychology Club, Sacramento City College, 2007-2009

Workshops, Seminars, Training Sessions, Sacramento City College

Introduction to Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Assessment Reporting (Regalado, M. C.). Presentation to Sacramento City College Instructional Administrators and Faculty, Institutional Researchers, Program Directors and College Staff. Sacramento City College. Sacramento, California. January 16, 2013.

Introduction to the Student Learning Outcome Assessment Committee (SLOAC) (Regalado, M. C.). Presentation to Sacramento City College Instructional Administrators and Faculty, Institutional Researchers, Program Directors and College Staff. Sacramento City College. Sacramento, California. January 16, 2013.

INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE, Sacramento City College

  • Chair, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, 2013-Present
  • Member, Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness Committee, 2010-Present
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, 2010
  • Member, Student Diversity Committee, 2009-2010
  • Member, Chicano Latino Faculty and Staff Association, 2006-2010
  • Member, Retention Subcommittee, Enrollment Management Action Team, 2008-2009

Sylvia Spencer

Sylvia Spencer, PhD- website

Adjunct Faculty of Psychology
Sacramento City College

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My background in psychology stems from a myriad of experiences, education, research, knowledge and practical applications for over 25 years, including completing course work during my BA, MS and Doctorate degrees.

I have had the experience of working in several psychiatric institutions, hospitals and community mental health facilities providing individual and group therapy.

My involvement with psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, community mental health staff professionals, psychological associations and school counselors have provided a wide range of knowledge to draw on when students have questions.

Chris Tromborg

Chris Andreas Thomas Tromborg, PhD- website

Professor of Psychology
Sacramento City College

Dr. Chris Tromborg

I am a psychobiologists with emphases in physiological, biological, comparative, cognitive, and experimental psychology.  I teach several sections of Biological Psychology, General Principles of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Animal Behavior.  My teaching interests include Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition, Perception, Conservation Biology, Behavioral Enrichment, and Evolutionary Processes.

I am a product of the California higher education system.  I began my academic career at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.  Upon completion of my work there, I attended C.S.U. San Francisco, from which I received a BA in Ecology, a BS in Zoology, and an MA in Behavior and Physiology.  Upon completion of my work in San Francisco, I entered a doctoral program at U.C. Davis, where I completed my education, receiving an MA in Comparative Psychology (Animal Behavior), and a PhD in Psychobiology.

Outside of the classroom, my interests include wildlife conservation—especially feline conservation, animal behavior—especially feline behavior, feline rescue and rehabilitation, performance percussion—especially in the jazz idiom, listening to symphonic, jazz, world, ethnic, and space music, reading science fiction, and back country hiking.