EducationPhD – Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
BA – Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California – Irvine
Dr. Ling holds a doctorate degree in Criminology. Her research focuses on how biological, psychological, and social factors contribute to the etiology of various forms of antisocial behavior - such as aggression, violence, psychopathy, and criminal behavior – at different stages of the human lifespan. Her interdisciplinary research emerges from her background in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California – Irvine as well as her training in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Cal State LA, she published 15 peer-reviewed articles (including 10 first-authored publications) in impactful journals such as the Journal of Research on Crime & Delinquency, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Biological Psychology, and Psychology, Crime, & Law, and 3 book chapters (including 2 first-authored publications). Her work has appeared in the media, including primetime national documentaries series such as PBS NOVA and The Future is Fantastic.
Teaching Philosophy: My role as an instructor is not only to disseminate information about a specific topic, but also to provide vital, life-long skills for students to use beyond my classes. There are four central themes that I strive to incorporate into my pedagogical philosophy: 1) encouraging enthusiasm and interest in the course topic(s) I teach by using different methods of communication and learning, offering multiple avenues for students to demonstrate their abilities and knowledge, and being an accessible instructor; 2) fostering information literacy so students can critically evaluate and apply course knowledge in their lives, even beyond the classroom; 3) establishing a safe environment to facilitate meaningful discussions, especially about sensitive topics; and 4) providing clear goals and expectations to provide a sense of fairness and transparency and to foster trust between me as the instructor and the students in my course(s). Overall, I strive to empower my students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers and their lives. While it is important that students learn how the course materials can supplement their holistic understandings of the world, it is no less important that my students are given the tools and opportunities to develop critical thinking and soft skills that can be applied within and outside of the classroom.
Office: HDFC 250
antisocial behavior, psychopathy /
callous-unemotional traits, experimental,
developmental and life-course,
autonomic functioning, brain structure
and function, brain stimulation
Introduction to Criminology,
Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice,
Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
in Criminal Justice