Faculty Affiliates


Barbara White

Barbara White, DrPH, RN.

Faculty emerita, School of Nursing at CSULB and former coordinator of the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner option. Dr. White is the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB


Dina Berg

Dina M. Berg, MPA.

Founder and Executive Director of The Heart of Ida, a Long Beach based nonprofit. Dina is also a Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Long Beach State University.


Edward Garcia

Edward Garcia, AuD.

Assistant Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology department at Long Beach State University. Dr. Garcia is an Audiologist who has been teaching audiology-related courses at Long Beach State since 2001.


Gail Farmer

Gail C. Farmer, Dr.P.H.

Dr. Farmer is an Epidemiologist and Professor in the Department of Health Science and the Director of the Center for Disability Studies and Scholarship at California State University, Long Beach.


Joy Goebel

Joy R. Goebel RN, Ph.D., FPCN.

An accomplished nurse educator and researcher whose interests in palliative care (PC) include studying diverse populations of patients from neonates to the elderly.


Maria Claver

Maria Claver, Ph.D., MSW, CPG.

Director of the Gerontology Program, which entails teaching Masters-level courses and advising students in the Masters, Certificate and Minor programs.


Marissa Hansen

Marissa Hansen, PhD.

Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Long Beach State University. Dr. Hansen teaches Community Practice, Human Behavior, Practice with Older Adults, and Assessment Approaches in Social Work Practice.


Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gerontology in the Family and Consumer Sciences program at Long Beach State University. Professor Marshall examines health communication and behaviors in older adults, particularly in the context of illness such as diabetes or cancer. 



Patti LaPlace

Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC.

Lecturer at California State University Long Beach with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in the College of Health and Human Services. Previously, Patti was the Mental Health Coordinator with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. 


Pei-Fang Hung

Pei-Fang Hung, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the California State University Long Beach. Professor Hung is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who holds a certificate and license in both the U.S. and Taiwan. 


Vennila Krishnan

Vennila Krishnan, PT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Long Beach State University. Dr. Krishnan directs the Clinical Rehabilitation and Biomechanics (CRAB) lab within the Physical Therapy department.


Judy Jou

Judy Jou, PhD.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach. Her areas of interest include health policy, health services research, and systems-level approaches to improving health across the life span.