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Forcino Lab

Dr. Forcino is a child clinical psychologist and affiliated with the M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology program. Her research focuses on using behaviorally-based principles and practices to solve problems of childhood. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send an email to sforcino@csusb.edu (see below for additional details).

Lab Focus

We are interested in the treatment of psychological disorders of childhood (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Enuresis/Encopresis), as well as effective solutions to more common problems of childhood (e.g., sibling conflict, noncompliance, bedtime problems, and difficulty with toilet training). Many of the therapeutic interventions we use rely on parents implementing specific behavioral interventions in the home. Therefore, we are also interested in how to best train parents and factors that affect treatment adherence and efficacy.

Current Projects

  • The Use of Behavioral Observation in Treatment Outcome Studies
  • Super Siblings Treatment Outcome Study
  • Correlates of Sibling Conflict
  • Intensive Toilet Training for Typically Developing Toddlers

Undergraduates Interested in Joining the Lab

Undergraduate students are an important part of the lab. If you are interested in volunteering as an undergraduate research assistant, please email Dr. Forcino at sforcino@csusb.edu. Briefly describe the reason you want to join the lab, your academic and career goals, and any relevant experience you have. Please attach an unofficial academic transcript to the email. If you are accepted, you must complete the CITI research ethics training (see these instructions) before you begin work in the lab. 

If you are interested in having Dr. Forcino serve as your faculty mentor for the Psychology Department Honors Program, first read about the requirements of the program and how to apply. Prospective honors students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the honors program, including talking to Dr. Forcino about a possible project, no later than the spring quarter prior to the year they wish to be in the honors program. If you choose Dr. Forcino as your mentor and are accepted into the honors program, you will work closely with her to develop and conduct an honors project related to the ongoing work of the lab.

Graduate Students Interested in Joining the Lab

If you are a graduate student and interested in working in Dr. Forcino’s lab and/or having her serve as your major advisor or a committee member for your thesis, please email her at sforcino@csusb.edu.

Current Lab Members

Crystal Garcia De Alba. Research Assistant, B.A. Psychology with Psychology Honors, CSUSB, 2019Post-Graduation Plans: Crystal plans to apply for the clinical program after gaining experience as a Behavioral Instructor. 

Sophia Josemoan, Research Assistant/ Undergraduate psychology major, CSUSBPost-Graduation Plans: Sophia plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Loma Linda University.  

Anabell Ramos, Research Assistant/ Undergraduate psychology major, CSUSBPost-Graduation Plans: Anabell plans to apply to the CSUSB clinical/counseling program and subsequently a doctoral program in clinical psychology.

Adam Van Lizzen, Research Assistant/ Undergraduate psychology major, CSUSBPost-Graduation Plans: Adam plans to attend a graduate program in psychology and wants to travel. 

Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

Billy Barron, B.A. Psychology with Psychology Honors & B.A. Human Development, CSUSB, 2019
Leonel Flores, B.A. Psychology, CSUBS, 2019
Carissa Rieger, B.A. Psychology with Psychology Honors, CSUSB, 2019 (current M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology student at CSUSB)
Mariah Murray, B.A. Psychology, CSUSB, 2018 (current M.S. in Psychology student at Cal Poly Pomono)
Maira Zavala, B.A. Psychology, CSUSB, 2018