Branca, Sylvia




Lecturer, Child and Adolescent Development

Lecturer, Psychology


Doctor of Philosophy, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Master of Arts, Psychology, San Jose State University, 1996

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, San Jose State University, 1999 



My earlier research focused on parent-child relations and understanding the cognitive underpinnings of maladaptive parenting. My more recent research and professional activities focus on identifying elements of effective pedagogy in large and small classes and understanding ways faculty can promote a sense of belongingness in students. My driving belief is that learning is a lifelong process that unites us all!