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City College of New York Valedictorian Returns as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

City College of New York Valedictorian Returns as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/14/2014 Adriana Espinosa also serves as deputy director of the Public Service Management program. Adriana Espinosa, The City College of New York's valedictorian for 2002, has been named an assistant professor in. Espinosa, who has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, will hold a joint appointment as deputy director of the Colin Powell School's graduate program in Public Service Management. Professor Espinosa's interest areas include immigration, public opinion, ethnic identity, psychology and economics, health-care choices, and educational psychology. Recently she coauthored "Measuring Attitudes toward Immigration across Two Decades: Derivation of an Acceptance Score and Trend Analysis" with CCNY's Glen Milstein, an associate professor of psychology. The work, presented at the 2014 American Association for Public Opinion conference in Anaheim, California, demonstrates an increase in the acceptance of immigrants in the United States over the past 20 years. The findings provide a foundation for a shift in immigration public policy, Professor Espinosa suggests. Professor Espinosa specializes in applying social science research methods to questions within her interest areas, and draws on her previous experience as a market research analyst for Syncsort, Inc., a big data software provider, and as a statistical consultant for various entities including CCNY's Division of Science. Espinosa is the principal investigator or a coauthor on a number of other 2014 papers, including the following : ● "A Preliminary Culturological and Economic Analysis on the Influences of Mating Behavior;" ● "Two Decades' Data on Immigration Attitudes: Three Ethnicities' Convergence Towards Acceptance;" ● "Emotions in Sales Interactions may Hinder Performance: Evidence from a Croatian Sample;" ● "A Latent Class Regression Analysis of Ethnic Identity in an Urban Minority Setting;" ● "Ethnic Identity's Influence on Attenuated Psychotic Symptoms in US Racial and Ethnic Minorities;" ● "Missing Data in Public Opinion Surveys on Immigration;" ● "Using Mastery Learning to Teach Statistics in the Social Sciences: Results from a Pilot Undergraduate Statistics Hybrid Course." As a Ph.D. student, Espinosa won the University of California, Berkeley's Outstanding Student Instructor Award, and has also received several other mentoring and achievement awards. She graduated from the City College with a B.A. in economics and is teaching the Economics of the Public Sector and Research Methods and Statistics this fall. Professor Espinosa is currently involved in assessment efforts to refine the graduate Public Service Management program and the co-curricular resources it offers, in particular the quantitative methods sequence. About the Colin Powell School Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women's Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School's hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College's unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence. About The City College of New York Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.