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Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000
Email: rcastaneda@apu.edu
Rachel Castaneda, Ph.D., is a research psychologist who joined the Department of Psychology as an associate professor in 2011. She brings extensive training in public health, developmental and health psychology, and addiction medicine/psychiatry. Her teaching and research integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a focus on the application of behavioral and social-system-level theories to understand the etiology and maintenance of risky behaviors among diverse populations. Primary interests include tertiary prevention and disease management approaches, including wellness/health promotion; adolescent and young adult health; and cultural and social impacts on health status, including socioeconomic status, access, gender, and racial/ethnic health disparities. She is researching the recovery from substance use, taking a developmental social approach, and serves as the principal investigator on a five-year, NIH-funded grant to develop and test the utility of a mobile-based continuing care recovery support program (text messaging) for youth transitioning out of substance abuse treatment. She is also an affiliated scholar in the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs within the Department of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Education

Ph.D., Public Health (Minor in Psychology), University of California, Los Angeles
MPH, Community Health Sciences (Concentration in Health Education and Promotion), University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Department

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Psychology

Expertise

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health Status
  • Disparities in Health
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Research Methods (Emphasis on Longitudinal and Survey Methods)
  • Substance Use Disorders

Courses Taught

PSYC 362 – Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 385 – Health Psychology
PSYC 400 – Cultural Psychology

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday, 12–1 p.m.; and by appointment

Office Location

Carl E. Wynn Academic Center, East Campus

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