Three School of Science New Tenure Track Hires
Elena Padrón is an assistant professor in Psychology. Her research focuses on the developmental psychopathology of attachment, particularly disorganized attachment. Her main focus is to understand how trauma and attachment are transmitted from one generation to the next, and to find ways to use this understanding to help families that are underserved, such as those living in ethnic minority communities and/or in poverty. Her clinical experience is in the area of early childhood mental health and dyadic and family therapy with multicultural populations, especially with Latino families and children. She has completed academic and clinical work with Latino and international populations in both her native Venezuela and in the United States.
Mark Barajas joined the Psychology Department after completing a postdoctoral psychology fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Originally from Sacramento, Barajas earned a BS in psychobiology from UC Davis and an MA and a PhD in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. His research focuses on the training of culturally competent teachers by investigating ways in which implicit bias affects teacher-student relationships and the teaching-learning process. His clinical interests include multicultural counseling, Latino/a mental health, grief and loss, and emotion-focused therapy. He is Spanish-English bilingual, a former high school science teacher, and served as an environmental education volunteer in Bolivia with the Peace Corps. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and pets, being outdoors, cooking, reading, making music, and playing video games.
James Berleman is a new member of the Biology Department, whose teaching interests include genetics, microbiology, and zymology (the study of delicious fermented foods). Berlman’s research interests have focused on understanding microbial community interactions including: microbial predatory behavior, the architecture of microbial communities, delivery of outer membrane vesicles, cell-cell signaling and resistance to predatory and antibiotic threats. In his spare time he enjoys games, puzzles, writing music, going on hikes and trying to keep up with his fiery fire ecologist wife, Sasha, and their dog Chicago.