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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

PACS People

Director: Rachel Haine-Schlagel, PhD


picrhs2Dr. Haine-Schlagel received her PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University and completed post-doctoral training in child mental health services research at the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) through the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.   She is currently an investigator at CASRC, as well as a licensed psychologist and certified trainer for an evidence-based engagement intervention for child and family services. Prior to joining the CFD faculty, Dr. Haine-Schlagel was an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on understanding and promoting family participation in child and family mental health services. Click here for Dr. Haine-Schlagel's CV.


Current Lab Members

Lab Manager: Toni Araya (2017-Present)


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I am a graduate student at San Diego State University in the Masters in Child and Family Development program. I obtained a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Design from the University of San Francisco. I have experience working with children in a variety of roles including tutoring, preschool teacher’s aid, youth ministry leader, behavior interventionist and early interventionist.




Undergraduate Lab Intern: Gina May (2017-Present)


I am an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in Psychology                                        and minoring in Spanish and Child and Family Gina May Undergraduate Lab InternDevelopment. After graduation, I will pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and want to study the effects of community and family life on child mental health. I am especially interested in researching youth, the effects of trauma and family violence on children throughout development, and child maltreatment. In the future, I want to design prevention and intervention programs aimed to better the lives of disadvantaged children and families. Click here for Gina May's CV. 






Former Lab Members


Undergraduate Lab Interns:

Susanne Tolciu (2016-2017)



Becky Kremer (2015-2016)



Graduate Lab Assistant:

Pui Cheng (2015-2017)



Assistant Lab Manager:

Jillian L. Garrison (2015-2016)



Lab Manager: David Lee, MA (2015-2016)