Psychology Department Staff

  • Benjamin Storm

    Benjamin Storm

    Department Chair

    831-459-3544, storm@ucsc.edu

    My name is Ben Storm, and I am Chair of the Psychology Department. I am also a Professor in the department and a member of the Cognitive Psychology Graduate Program.  I conduct research on human memory and cognition, which you can read more about on my website: https://people.ucsc.edu/~bcstorm/  As Department Chair, I am responsible for fostering excellence in the Psychology Department’s research, teaching, and service. I also advocate for the goals and needs of our students, staff, and faculty to the Social Sciences Dean, Alumni Relations, and other campus offices. Feel free to contact me with any ideas, questions, or concerns. Hope to see you around the Psychology Department!

  • Allison Land

    Allison Land

    Department Manager

    831-459-4416, allison@ucsc.edu

    My name is Allison and I am the Psychology Department Manager. I work with the faculty and lecturers to create the department’s curriculum and leave plan for the year and facilitate personnel reviews. I oversee all department hiring, the department budget, advise the chair on department matters and supervise our fabulous department staff!
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    Ezekiel Cerezo

    Undergraduate Advisor

    psyadv@ucsc.edu

    Hi! I'm Ezekiel and one of the Undergraduate Advisors for Psychology and Cognitive Science students. I'm available to talk about forms, enrollment, studying abroad, and other advising topics. If you ever have any questions or anything to discuss, I'm happy to talk!

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    Crystal Dale

    Assistant to the Manager

    831-459-4194, csantoya@ucsc.edu 

    Welcome! I provide curriculum and budget support for our faculty and staff. I am responsible for scheduling classes, coordinating the graduate program colloquium series, overseeing area budgets, and completing financial processes under our Department Manager. Faculty and staff please come see me for help with purchasing and reimbursements!

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    Cyrus Howard

    Undergraduate Advisor

    psyadv@ucsc.edu

    Hello! My name is Cyrus(they/he) and I’m one of the Undergraduate Psychology Advisors. I’m passionate about art, research, and supporting students. I am happy to answer any questions about resources and academic planning that students may have. Looking forward to meeting with you!
  • Wendy Kusunoki

    Wendy Kusunoki

    Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Assistant Manager

    psyadv@ucsc.edu

    Hi! My name is Wendy Kusunoki and I am the Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Assistant Manager.  I look forward to supporting students, faculty, and staff!

  • Kathy Montano

    Kathy Montano

    Graduate Program Coordinator

    831-459-4932, kmmontan@ucsc.edu

    Hello! I'm Kathy Montano and I’m the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Psychology Department! I advise, support, and provide resources to our graduate students and faculty for the Psychology PhD program. 
  • Katie Ritchey

    Katie Ritchey

    Graduate Advisor

    psyga@ucsc.edu

    Hi, I'm Katie Ritchey and I'm the Graduate Advisor for the Psychology PhD program. I support graduate students with questions on program requirements, locating resources on campus, and processing graduate student employment. I also aid prospective students in learning more about our program. Outside of work I enjoy hikes with my dog, baking, and reading. I'm always available for a chat with current and prospective graduate students - just stop by my office or email me for a zoom meeting!
  • Carrie Walker

    Carrie Walker

    Field Study Director

    psyfield@ucsc.edu

    Hi! I'm Carrie, the Field Study Director. As someone who has worked in education for many years, I've seen the power experiential learning has to enhance concepts learned in the classroom, and that's why I'm excited to work with Psychology and Cognitive Science majors to facilitate these experiences. If you want to explore potential post-grad paths and give back to the community, please reach out to me about the Field Study Program. I look forward to meeting you!