The Imperial Valley Campus is an integral part of San Diego State University. Established in 1959, the campus has two sites located in Calexico and Brawley. The campus offers four-year undergraduate degrees as well as graduate programs.
SDSU’s IVC welcomes two new faculty members this fall. They are among 54 new faculty members joining the SDSU family this semester â€” the largest cohort of faculty to be hired by SDSU since the 2007/2008 academic year.
Department of Psychology
Linda Abarbanell, Ed.D. (Harvard, 2010) Abarbanell is a developmental psychologist who combines ethnographic, linguistic and experimental methods to explore how language and culture affect individual and societal development.
Her current work looks at language as a mediator between public policy and individual agency in the healthcare arena among indigenous Mayan women in Chiapas, Mexico.
She also looks at translation and interpretation in clinical interactions how authoritative knowledge is constructed; and beliefs regarding the causality of illness and the efficacy of different healthcare treatments.
She has also conducted cross-cultural research on the development of scientific and supernatural beliefs, moral reasoning and the relationship between spatial language and cognition.
School of Public Administration
Michael Braun, Ph.D. (University of California Irvine, 2013) Braun is a social ecologist specializing in criminal justice policy, incarceration and prisoner re-entry.
His areas of interest include causes of violent crime; social context of delinquency and youth violence; post-traumatic stress; trauma informed care; and community-based alternatives to incarceration.
He is presently researching linkages between child abuse and neglect, poor interpersonal boundaries, and violence.