Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students. 


Faculty Mary Scoggin & Rebecca Robertson and Tasha Souza Anthropology

Three HSU faculty members recently received 2012/13 CSU Quality Online Teaching & Learning (QOLT) awards for creating exemplary hybrid/online courses. Anthropology faculty members Mary Scoggin & Rebecca Robertson were awarded for their online course "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology." Communication faculty member Tasha Souza was awarded for her hybrid course "Intercultural Communication."

The CSU QOLT program was developed to assist faculty, faculty developers, and instructional designers to more effectively design hybrid and online courses.

Submitted: April 23, 2013

Faculty Marshelle Thobaben Nursing

Nursing professor Marshelle Thobaben recently published an article and textbook chapter. The article, "Psychiatric Home Health Skilled Nursing Services," was published in the February 2013 issue of Home Health Care Management & Practice Journal: Vol. 25, Issue 1, February 2013, Pg. 32-34.

The textbook chapter, titled "People of Turkish Heritage" was published in Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach, 4th ed. Editor: Larry D. Purnell; 2013; F.A. Davis Publisher.

Submitted: March 25, 2013

Faculty Tasha R. Howe and Howard Friedman Psychology

Drs. Tasha R. Howe and Howard Friedman -- along with HSU students Esperanza Alcazar, Edwin Vazquez, Rebekah Becker, and Sarah Murphy -- have had a presentation accepted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Their study, entitled "Heavy Metal Enthusiasts at Mid-Life: Developmental Trajectories and Functioning Three Decades Later" examined the life-histories and current functioning of middle aged 1980s heavy metal groupies, band members, and fans, in comparison to a middle-aged comparison group and another group of HSU students.

Submitted: January 29, 2013

Student Alister Shirazi Economics

HSU economics major and 2012 Economic Fuel winner Alister Shirazi has been inducted into the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka with an honorary one-year membership. Shirazi won the $5,000 Economic Fuel prize, which will help him expand his Arcata business “iPhone Surgeon,” a repair service for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. He plans to open an Arcata storefront in the near future.

The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka awards an honorary membership to one Economic Fuel winner annually. The organization awards $117,000 in seed capital each year to local college students who compete in the business plan challenge. Click on

Submitted: August 24, 2012

Faculty Chris Aberson Psychology

Psychology Professor Chris Aberson was recently named Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (JASP). Published by Wiley-Blackwell, JASP is devoted to applications of experimental behavioral science research to problems of society. Dr. Aberson joins JASP after completing a four-year term as Executive Editor of The Journal of Social Psychology (JSP). In honor of his service with JSP, Dr. Aberson was named Executive Editor Emeritus, making him the youngest person to ever hold an Emeritus title.

Submitted: July 5, 2012

Faculty Sheila Kelly Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) will present its Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award to Humboldt State University Lecturer Sheila Kelly.

A national honor, the Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award is given in recognition of student research that has the greatest potential for making a significant contribution to the knowledge base in sport psychology. It is presented for the outstanding doctoral dissertation completed during the previous year.

Submitted: March 13, 2012

Student Michael Le Psychology

Psychology Academic Research M.A. student Michael Le received the Western Psychological Association’s Maslach-Zimbardo Research Award in Social Psychology. Le’s research focuses on how a prominent theory relevant to prejudice (Integrated Threat Theory) differentially predicts evaluations of African Americans by White and Hispanic/Latino students. The award, which is funded by an endowment created by Dr. Christina Maslach (Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley) and Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford), goes to the top student submission in Social Psychology. Le will receive his award this April at the annual Western Psychological Association conference.

Submitted: March 6, 2012

Student Heriberto Herrera Psychology

Heriberto Herrera, a first year graduate student in School Psychology (Psychology), received the Pearson Minority Scholarship from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). One of five named scholarships to be awarded to minority students nationally, Herrera was the only first year graduate student to receive an award this year, and one of a very few non-doctoral students to ever receive this award. He is the first HSU student to receive this award in the 24 years the scholarship has been in existence. Herrera received a $5,000 scholarship and reimbursement for his trip to Philadelphia to receive his award.

Submitted: March 4, 2012

Faculty Sheri Johnson & Dr. Michael Yellow Bird Social Work

For 16 years, Sheri Johnson, Director of Field Education, has co-hosted the KHUM Stop the Violence – Start the Healing radio education campaign occurring in the month of November.

Sheri helps identify guests for interviews, co-hosts the Friday “call in” radio panels and appears as the first guest to help launch the campaign.

Since 2009, Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, professor and global scholar, has been a guest, helping the listening audience understand how the brain works, how trauma affects the brain and how mindfulness can help survivors cope in powerful, healing ways.

All programs are recorded and posted on the KHUM "website":

Submitted: November 29, 2011

Faculty Pamela Brown Social Work

Professor Pamela Brown, Department of Social Work, and Colby Smart, College of Professional Studies, presented with colleagues from UC Berkeley, CSU Chico and CSU San Bernardino on the “Distributed Learning Program for Social Work Students” at the Fourth International Conference on Ubiquitous Learning held at UC Berkeley Nov. 11-12. The panel shared their experiences of designing and delivering technology-enhanced curriculum to serve county and Tribal staff working in remote regions. The forum explored new forms of learning using various computing and networking capacities with emphasis on critical intellectual human concern and the blurring of traditional institutional, spatial and temporal boundaries of education.

Submitted: November 28, 2011

Faculty Tasha R. Howe Psychology

Tasha Howe has published a textbook:
Howe, T.R. (2011). Marriages and Families in the 21st Century: A Bioecological Approach. Wiley-Blackwell.

The textbook is multi-disciplinary and can be used in social work, sociology, nursing, psychology, family studies, child development and related disciplines.

Submitted: August 22, 2011

Student Jessica Clayburn

Jessica Clayburn, a Humboldt State University junior majoring in Psychology, recently received two highly competitive scholarships, totaling $15,000.

Clayburn was nominated for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and was one of just 80 students to receive the award nationwide. She also applied for and was awarded The Morongo Band of Mission Indians Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Submitted: May 11, 2011

Faculty Jeff O'Connor Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Lecturer Jeff O'Connor has been named the director and president of the board of directors for "Stockton Folk Dance Camp." The 65 year old conference is recognized as the most comprehensive international dance workshop in the United States. Internationally known instructors are invited to teach at the, two, one week sessions that has participants in attendance from the U.S.and abroad. The camp has been held each summer at the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, California since 1946.

Submitted: May 2, 2011

Student Ilan Navah Nursing

Received a Global Health Fellowship with USAID (US Agency for International Development) where he will work as an HIV/AIDS home-based care nurse in Uganda for 3 months. In the capital, Kampala, Ilan will work with TASO (The AIDS Support Organization) in local communities helping carry out their mission of "living positively with AIDS."

Submitted: March 28, 2011

Faculty Kenneth Ayoob, Steven Hackett

Professors Kenneth Ayoob and Steven Hackett have been chosen to participate as fellows in the Inaugural Executive Leadership Academy, co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. (AAHHE).

The Inaugural Executive Leadership Academy, to take place Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, will embark on an ambitious plan to train leaders of colleges and universities to steer their institutions in an increasingly multicultural global environment. The Academy is designed to enable persons of all backgrounds who may be interested in appointments to executive positions such as provosts and presidents.

Submitted: February 25, 2011

Faculty Richard Arlin (Doc) Stull Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Doc Stull's Sports Today and in the Day Show on ESPN Sports Talk Radio 1340 AM every day at 7:55 AM and again during the day.

Sports Today and in the Day - A highly entertaining and informative cultural commentary on the world of sport. From baseball to boxing, from the athlete of the future to the those in ancient Greece, from steroids to Sparta, Sports Today and in the Day shows us the past is truly prologue!

Submitted: February 17, 2011

Faculty Psychology Department Graduate Students and Faculty Psychology

The HSU School Psychology Program received national approval from the National Association of School Psychologists through December 2015.

Faculty submitted a folio describing the program, containing comprehensive data regarding graduate student outcomes including scores on the ETS national licensing exam, practica and internship performance, and a comprehensive and culminating portfolio.

This approval means that HSU meets the highest national standards for training sub-doctoral school psychologists, and can compete nationally for top graduate students. It also means that HSU graduates automatically qualify for their credential as a nationally certified school psychologist upon graduation.

Submitted: February 7, 2011

Faculty Brent Duncan, Professor, Department Chair Psychology

Brent Duncan recently returned from a research trip to Vietnam, his second in the past 6 months. In addition to delivering an invited paper to the 2nd International Conference on School Psychology in Vietnam, he visited 4 universities regarding collaboration with US universities to train school psychologists for work in Vietnamese public schools. With colleagues from Long Beach Unified School District, CSULB and Chapman University, he then conducted a 32-hour training on delivering mental health services in schools, sponsored by Hanoi National University of Education. More than 40 university lecturers and school-based psychologists from throughout Vietnam attended the workshop.

Submitted: January 25, 2011

Faculty Dr. Tasha R. Howe Psychology

Tasha published an article about her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus, working with Greek and Turkish Cypriots on issues related to child maltreatment. The article makes recommendations for social work instructors who wish to globalize their students' thinking and experience. The article is titled, "International Child Welfare: Guidelines for Educators and a Case Study from Cyprus." It was published in the Journal for Social Work Education, Vol. 46., No. 3, Fall, 2010.

Submitted: September 20, 2010

Student Lindsay Weymouth Psychology

Lindsay Weymouth, a recent graduate of the Master's Program in Academic Research (Developmental Psychopathology emphasis) was awarded the McConkey honor for outstanding thesis at HSU. Her thesis work evaluated a nationwide violence prevention parenting program. The American Psychological Association invited Lindsay to present her results to program implementers in Washington D.C., and her mentor, Dr. Tasha R. Howe, presented the work at the Conference for APA in San Diego.

Submitted: September 20, 2010