CSLA: Brigitte Matthies

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

Brigitte Matthies
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: KH D3073
Phone: (323) 343-5109
FAX: (323) 343-2281
Email: bmatthi@calstatela.edu


 | Teaching Interests  | Research Interests
Educational Background  | Schedule & Office Hours



am a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology.  I have spent much of the last 10 years teaching psychology and supervising students in the areas of research, psychological assessment and psychotherapy.  I am currently the coordinator of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.  Born and raised in Jamaica, I did my PhD in Montreal, Canada and most of my clinical training in the U.S. (Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, California).  I have a great appreciation of, and interest in, multicultural issues.  I joined the CSULA Psychology Department in 2003.

Teaching Interests


y graduate training combined physiological and clinical psychology allowing me to pursue my broad interest in the discipline of psychology and develop competency in a variety of areas.  I have enjoyed teaching undergraduate courses in Introductory Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Lab Methods, Experimental Psychology, Health Psychology, Individual and Family Therapy.  I have also taught graduate courses in Ethics, Psychological Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, and the Psychological Treatment of Mental Health Problems.  I have also run courses open to the Public on Understanding Female Sexuality and Managing Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Research Interests

My research interests are broad and reflect the many settings that I have worked in.  My early Ph.D. research was on the neural mechanisms of pain and analgesia. During my post doctoral training in neuropsycholgy I became interested in the behavioral effects of traumatic brain injury. As my work became more clinical in its focus I began to collect data on cross cultural differences in relationships and mental health problems (particularly Phobias, Depression and Eating Disorders), the use of standardized psychological instruments in developing countries, the reasons for youth participation in sports, and the development of mental health education.

Representative Professional Activities

Date Publications/Presentations
2000 Wiggan, A. and Matthies, B.K. Lizard Phobia in Jamaica. Second Annual Psychology Conference, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
2001 Ramkissoon, M. and Matthies, B.K. Psychological Effects of Father Absence in Jamaica.   Third Annual Psychology Conference, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
2002 Matthies, B.K. Working in a Sex Therapy Service: Issues, Cases and Experiences. Fourth Annual Psychology Conference, Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
2002 Boxil, I. and Matthies, B.K. The Impact of Interpersonal Trust on Conceptions of Equality and Individual responsibility: Comparing Patterns in Jamaica, South Africa and New Zealand. Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Nassau, Bahamas
2002 Matthies, B.K. Emotional; Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ. A Review from a Jamaican Perspective. Ideaz: An Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences Journal Creating an Alternative Space for Alternative Expression, 1(2) 57-60.
2003 Gaines, S.O., Ramkissoon. M. and Matthies, B. Cultural value orientations and accommodation among heterosexual relationships in Jamaica. Journal of Black Psychology, 2003, 29(2) 165-186.
2003 Hickling, F. and Matthies, B.K. Training clinical psychologists at UWI.  West Indian Medical Journal, 2003, 52 (4) 326.
2003 Matthies, B.K. Careers in Psychology.  Fifth Annual Psychology Conference, Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Matthies, B.K. We are making a difference. Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury. January 2006. http://www.caribecd.org.jm/PARENT%20NETWORK/MAKINGADIFFERENCE/Traumatic%20Brain%20Injury%20Progress.pdf. Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank.


Silence, M. and Matthies, B.K. A National Survey of the Effectiveness of the KID-FIT Program in altering childrenÂ’s fitness and knowledge about health-related behavior and nutrition.American Academy of Pediatrics, Atlanta, GA, October, 2006.

2006 Wong, Po Wa and Matthies, B.K. An examination of verbal abuse in married versus non-married couples: The relationship between perception of acceptability and experience. Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, Los Angeles, CA, November 2006.

Chan, V. and Matthies, B.K. Diversity of romantic relationships and friendships at California State University.  Western Psychological Association, 87th Annual Convention, May 2007.

In Press Malete, L., Sullivan, P. & Matthies B.K. Examining Physical Self Perceptions and Physical. Activity Behaviors of Youths: A Cultural Extension of the PSPP.  International Journal of Sport Psychology.  In Press.


Educational Background

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1993
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
B.A. Psychology 1983
Queens University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Fall, 07 Schedule Office Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thr Fri
  1:30- 3:30p.m      

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