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For further questions, please contact Dr. Joanne Zinger, the Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Psychology & Social Behavior.


Phone:  (951) 662-3735

About the Academic Advisors/Program Directors:

Dr. Zinger (Program Director)

Joanne Frattaroli Zinger Dr. Zinger is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB).  She completed her PhD in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of California, Riverside in 2005 and her post-doctoral studies at at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, CA in 2007.  Since arriving at UCI in 2007, she has won several awards for her teaching, including the Campus Village Professor of the Month (2009), the Social Ecology Student Association Professor of the Quarter (2010), the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research in the School of Social Ecology (2012), the UCI Lecturer of the Year Award (2012), the Social Ecology Professor of the Year (2012 and 2017), the UCI Yearbook/Senior Class Outstanding Professor in the School of Social Ecology (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), and the UCI Black Leadership Advancement Coalition's Bridgebuilder Award (2017).  In addition to her teaching activities, Dr. Zinger is currently the Coordinator of the Social Ecology Excellence in Research Program, and she has previously served as the PSB Director of Graduate Recruitment (2009-2013) and the Director of the Social Ecology Honors Program (2010-2013).  She actively collaborates with undergraduates on research projects (mentoring 1-2 honors and/or post-bacc students and several research assistants each year), and students in her lab have gone on to enter graduate programs in developmental psychology, social work, school psychology, international business, dentistry, and career counseling.

Dr. Martin (Associate Program Director)

Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Social Behavior (PSB).  She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri, her pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School's McLean Hospital, and her post-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh and the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.  Her background is in both clinical psychology and in neuroscience, and she has been a wonderful faculty mentor to several post-bacc students since our program began a few years ago.  In fact, post-bacc students who have worked in her lab have been accepted to a wide variety of graduate programs, including UC Berekely's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program, UCI's Ph.D. in Affective Science program, Simon Fraser's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program, University of Nebraska - Lincoln's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program, Claremont Graduate University's master of Social Psychology program, Simmons College's master of Applied Behavioral Analysis program, and Antioch University's master's in Clinical Psychology program.  Her program of research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of emotional and social dysfunction in order to aid in prevention and intervention efforts, and she uses multiple, converging levels of analysis (e.g., self-reports, behavioral tasks, psychophysiology, neuroimaging) to study these abnormalities in individuals with and without clinical disorders.  At the undergraduate level, she teaches Psychology Fundamentals C and Field Study.  Finally, she currently serves as the Chair of the Affective Sciences committee in our department, and she served on the PSB graduate admissions committee in 2014.