Lynyonne Deann Cotton

Lynyonne Deann


School of Science » Psychology
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Psychology Center - 112

Phone: (925) 631-4152
Mail: PMB 5082, Moraga, CA  94575


  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology; Minor Concentration: Personality, Howard University, Washington, DC, 2000
    Dissertation: Direct and Indirect Effects of Parental Socialization on Adolescents’ Vocational Expectations
  • M.S. Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC, 1993
    Thesis: Effects of Mentorship on the Academic Achievement and Self-Esteem of African American Students: An Evaluation of a Mentor Program
  • B.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, 1989

Professional Experience

Research Experience:

  • Consultant - SRI International, Center for Education and Human Services Menlo Park, CA (1999 - Present)
    Working with a team of researchers to evaluate the Public Charter Schools Program (PCSP) supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Responsibilities: (1) coordinating and managing the secondary analyses of data from RPP International’s National Evaluation of Charter Schools; (2) assisting with the development of analysis plans for collecting and analyzing student performance data; (3) developing data collection instruments; (4) visiting school sites.
  • Consultant - National Education Association, Washington, DC (1997 - 1999)
    Collaborating on a study of the efficacy of charter schools as a model for improving other public schools. Responsibilities: (1) conducting focus groups, analyzing qualitative data, translating results for school personnel, helping schools draw lessons from the information, reporting results in the form of training programs and publications; (2) assisting schools in program development with particular attention to assessment issues, curriculum, and designing site-based research projects; (3) preparing reports.
  • Research Assistant - Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), Washington, DC (May 1994 - October 1997)
    Participated in the Center's programmatic research efforts to improve the conditions of schooling for students most at risk of failing or dropping out of school. Responsibilities: conceptualized and implemented program initiatives; developed evaluation tools; collected and analyzed local data; examined national longitudinal data including NELS:88 and High School & Beyond; prepared reports for use by school staff.
  • Research Assistant - Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Washington, DC (January 1991 - June 1992)
    Investigated the emotional and behavioral functioning of African American stepfamilies. Responsibilities: Reviewed and summarized literature and interviewed children and parents.

Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor - St. Mary’s College, Psychology Department Moraga, CA (2000 - Present)
  • Instructor - Trinity College, Department of Psychology Washington, DC (1998 - 1999)
  • Instructor - Mary Washington College, Department of Psychology Fredericksburg, VA (1997)

Professional Experience:

  • Intern - American Psychological Society (APS) Washington, DC (February 1994 - May 1996)
    Responsibilities: Liaison to the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology; Co-founded and chaired the Ethnic Minority Concerns Committee; Created venues for increasing ethnic minority student participation at the Annual Meeting.


  • Irvine Foundation Teaching Fellow - St. Mary’s College (2000)



  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)


Paper Presentation

  • "Parental and school socialization: A structural model of the development of adolescents’ vocational expectations". Cotton, Lynyonne
    American Educational Research Association 2001 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.


  • "Vocational expectations of adolescents placed at risk". Cotton, Lynyonne
    Ninth Annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.
  • "Family, employment, and intrinsic work orientation". Cotton, Lynyonne and Bynum, D
    Graduate Conference in Psychology University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • "Work values: The importance of work". Cotton, Lynyonne
    Seventh Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, New York, NY.



  • "National trends in charter schools and the NEA’s Charter Schools Initiative". Cotton, Lynyonne
    American Jewish Committee, Washington, DC.


  • Cotton, Lynyonne, Bynum, D and Madhere, S. "Socialization forces and the stability of work values from late adolescence to early adulthood." Psychological Reports 80 (1997): 115-124
  • Cotton, Lynyonne and Roberts, A. "Note on assessing a mentor program." Psychological Reports, 75 (1994): 1368-1370