psychology & Human faculty

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Dr. Rochelle Sechooler, Department Chairperson  
 
                              Rochelle

Education: 

I received my B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from UCLA

Classes:

I teach Biological Psychology (PSY 2), Stress Management (PSY 60), Critical Thinking (PSY 66), and Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Field Work (PSY 81-86)

Department Chair:

I have been Department Chair since 1994. When thinking about my role as Department Chair, I often feel like the scientist Jonas Salk, M.D. who said when reflecting on his work, It's a calling, if you like, rather than a job. I feel impelled to do [and to try to] keep things moving in positive, creative, and constructive ways.

Why Psychology? 

I think psychology seeks to answer the most profound questions in the world.  The author, Leo Tolstoy said, There are a limitless number of different sciences, but without one basic science that is, what is the meaning of life and what is good for the people, all other forms of knowledge and art become idle and harmful entertainment.  I have found the topics in psychology from the influence of the gene on love and aggression to the influence of group dynamics in the President's cabinet on war and peace not only important but also intensely interesting.  I fell in love with psychology as a college freshman in the general psychology course and have continued to love psychology in all its many forms and expressions until today.

Why teach?

 After 20 years, I still can't believe that I have been privileged to have this wonderful opportunity to share knowledge that I find so meaningful with the most wonderful community of students and colleagues.

Inspirations:

I am inspired by listening to audio books on my long commute to the college, poetry, keeping a journal, going to the movies, nature, swimming, and yoga.

Dr. Jeffrey Blum

Jeff

I am a full-time faculty member of the Los Angeles City College Psychology Department. 
I teach a number of core and elective courses within the Human Services Program.
I received my Ph.D. degree from U.C.L.A. and have published research in the areas of human emotions, temperament, attraction, aging, marital relations, and environmental psychology.  Before entering graduate school, I worked as a computer analyst and freelance computer consultant for several years.  As both  Psi Beta Faculty Advisor and Honors Faculty Mentor, I work with students on group research projects.  Our successes have included both awards and invitations to present our results at  regional research conferences.  I am a native Californian and reside here with my wife Liz and son Kevin.   

 Jeffrey S. Blum, Ph.D.

Blythe Daniel
 
Blythe

I am a graduate of Los Angeles City College and have many fond memories of being a student here on campus.  I received my Master’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills and I am a full time faculty member of the Psychology Department.   In addition to teaching a number of core courses I hold the position of Director of Fieldwork for the Human Services Certificate Program.   I am also the founder of We The Children Foundation which is a non-profit organization committed to gaining rights for children.  As your Professor, I pledge to kindle within you a love of learning and I will help you use the principles of Psychology so you may become a more aware, self-actualized individual.  My goal: to make sure that you don’t just go through life but instead, grow through life.

Kiomars (Eric) Fiazi
 
Eric

I was born on the other side of the globe, a very long time ago.  From childhood I have had a desire to pursue art, literature, and psychology, as well as, a strong hope to come the the US.  In 1960 this wish took shape- I came to the US and I began pursuing psychology.  In 1966 I received my BA from UCLA and MS from USC in 1970.

My teaching career started in 1970 at Los Angeles City College.  Almost from the beginning in my teaching career my goal was to develop a method where I could blend art, music, literature, and psychology together meaningfully.  I envisioned that to help students expand their horizons, to be educated, be happy and productive members of society, it was necessary for me to blend in the multiple subjects that focused on the "human growth", especially scientific and critical thinking.  I "use" psychology to teach these ideas.  I believe my students understand my method and my goal, and they have been responding with appreciation.  

Amy Sweetman
 
Amy

Amy Sweetman received her B.A. at the University of South Florida and her M.A. at CSULA with specialization in the area of Biological Psychology.  She has been teaching General Psychology, Group Dynamics, Psychology of Sexuality and Computers for Human Service Majors since the early 1990’s.

As a faculty member at Los Angeles City College, she has been involved in many different projects such as helping to develop the New Faculty Academy, the Emeriti lecture series and the Book Program.  She created the Los Angeles Brain Bee which is a High School competition on Neuroscience that supports a partnership with both UCLA and USC.  She has been involved in numerous teaching seminars that have been presented throughout the Los Angeles area. Additionally, in 2007 she created the faculty resource Intropsychresources.com that is used by professors throughout the nation.

Dr. April Pavlik
 
April 

My name is April L. Pavlik, PsyD. I have been teaching classes here at LACC since 2003. I was hired as full time staff in January of 2010. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Psychology. I then matriculated to John F Kennedy University in Northern California where I went on to achieve a Masters in Sports Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I moved to Los Angeles when I was accepted to complete my internship and post doctoral training at City of Hope National Medical Center where I was a psychologist working with cancer patients and their families from diagnosis through survivorship. I also worked with those who were approaching the end of their lives. I have taught General, Personality, Abnormal, Lifespan, and Group Process Psychology. I am also involved in Academic Senate and am actively involved on campus to help students at LACC achieve their goals.

David Sedghi
 
David

I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.  My undergraduate Bachelor’s degree is also in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.  I have worked, studied, and lived in California for over 25 years and I am incredibly proud to be a full time faculty member of the Psychology Department at Los Angeles City College.  I teach an array of courses at LACC from Introductory Psychology to more advanced courses.

Beyond my work as a Professor, I also work as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at a nonprofit mental health clinic in the City of Los Angeles.  I work primarily with children, families, and young adults dealing with an array of mental health issues.  I have nearly 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health.

Most importantly I am incredibly passionate about teaching and finding innovative ways to enhance the learning environment in my classroom.  I try to incorporate emerging technologies into my classes and find creative solutions for merging old and new forms of instruction.  I approach every day with the same enthusiasm, energy, and drive as I did the first day I started teaching.  I hope this is a legacy I can leave behind here at Los Angeles City College when my career is all said and done. 

Elio Vasquez
 
Elio

I am an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology/ Counseling at Los Angeles City College.  I teach a range of Psychology courses in the department including General Psychology, Life Span Development, Group Dynamics, and Introduction to Drug and Alcohol Abuse, among others.  I serve as the departments Adjunct Faculty Representative on behalf of part time faculty interests.

My specialization is Addictive Behavior Disorders and I am currently employed as a Clinical Supervisor/ Counselor at a local facility.  My professional development includes credentials from CAADE (California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators), the state accrediting agency through the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), CA certification #060623e.  I am an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association member #7417-8609.