CSLA: Desdemona Cardoza - Last updated 6/13/01

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

Desdemona Cardoza
Professor of Psychology
Office: King Hall D150
Phone: (323) 343-2000
FAX: (323) 343-2011
Email: dcardoz@calstatela.edu

Introduction  | Teaching Interests  | Research Interests
Educational Background  


Desdemona Cardoza is the Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the largest of the six colleges at California State University, Los Angeles.  Before her current tenure as Dean, she was Vice President of Information Technology Services (formerly Information Resources Management) where she managed the University's computing and data services, and as Assistant Vice President for ITS and Director of Institutional Research (formerly Analytical Studies) at Cal State L.A.  Dr. Cardoza has served on numerous University-wide committees, including co-chair of the University’s Strategic Planning Coordination Committee and the Baseline Technology Committee.  She also served as a partner of the CSU Cornerstones Task Force II, a member of the CSU Ad Hoc Task Force on Baseline Information Technology Infrastructure, and an advisory board member to the California Roundtable Advisory Board (Rand Project).  Currently, she sits on numerous College committees and the University-Student Union Board of Directors. She is also a consultant to the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and their Young Women at Risk Program

Dr. Cardoza has presented papers at the American Psychological Association, California National Organization of Women State Conference and the California Chicano/Latino Intersegmental Convocation.  She was also an Invited Presenter for the Public/Legislative Hearing: A review of Higher Education at the Chicano/Latino Intersegmental Convocation, and was an invited presenter for the Public/Legislative hearing on Discrimination Against Latinos in Higher Education.  Her publications include "Academic Achievement in Mexican American High School Students: A Comparison of Three Generations" (American Educational Research Journal) and "College Attendance and Persistence among Hispanic women: An Examination of some Contributing Factors" (Sex Roles: A Journal of Research).

Dr. Cardoza has served as an Evaluation Panel Member for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Program; as an Evaluator for the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC); and as a Consultant to The Tomas Rivera Center, a National Institute for Policy Studies.

She is a member of the American Association for Higher Education; the American Association for University Women, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Psychological Association.

Teaching Interests

Latina/o Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Community Psychology, Testing and Measurement, Educational Psychology, Child Development, Cross Cultural Psychology, Research Design and Methodology, Statistics (all levels, including multivariate analyses).

Research Interests

Psychological and educational issues dealing with women, specifically Latina women, biracial/biethnic identity development. 

Professional Activities




Family or Friends:  Who plays a greater supportive role for Latino College Students.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 9, 236–250.


Variation in attitudes towards immigrants measured among Latino and Asian students.  In M. Lopez-Garza & D. R. Diaz (Eds.), Asian and Latino immigrants in a restructuring economy:  The metamorphosis of Los Angeles.  Palo Alto:  Stanford University Press.


Latino College Student adjustment:  Does an increased presence offset minority-status and acculturative stresses?  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 1523 – 33.


Mexican American ethnic labeling: An intrafamilial and intergenerational analysis. In M.E. Bernal & G.P. Knight (Eds.) Ethnic identity: Formation and transmission among Hispanics and other minorities, Albany New York: State University of New York Press.


Is there a true meaning of diversity? Some comments on diversity discussions with those in the know. California Sociologist.


College attendance and persistence among Hispanic Women: An examination of some contributing factors. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 24, 133-147.


Academic Achievement in Mexican American high school students: A Comparison of three generations. American Educational Research Journal, 25, 177-192


The relationship of Spanish language background to academic achievement. In J. R. Garcia, J. C. Rodriguez & C. Lomas (Eds.), In Times of Challenge: Chicanas & Chicanos in American Society. Houston, Texas: University of Houston Press.


Educational Background

Ph.D., Social/Personality Psychology,1982
University of California Riverside
Riverside, California
M.A., Social/Personality Psychology,1979
University of California Riverside
Riverside, California
B.A., Psychology,1975
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Prepared bymroffe@calstatela.edu

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