Jill Yamashita, PhD
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Dr. Jill Yamashita graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a PhD in 2003 and has been working at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) for almost ten years. She is the Psi Chi advisor for the CSUMB chapter since 2010 and has worked with some great student leaders on various projects, both community (e.g., collecting goods for local charities) and campus related (e.g., participation in Mindful Madness, open houses). She learned a lot by advising Psi Chi, especially the challenges of helping new cabinets organize and motivating them. Dr. Yamashita joined the Psi Chi Western Region Steering Committee in fall 2016 and has been working with a wonderful group of faculty on reviewing and choosing Psi Chi award winners for the Western Psychological Association convention, and presenting information on how to get in to graduate school and how to survive once there. She also has evaluated Psi Chi Travel Grant requests, as well as reviewed Undergraduate Research Grants in 2017. She brings a fresh perspective to Psi Chi because of her work at a Hispanic Serving Institute where many students are first-generation college students that come from low income families.