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Professor Natasha Fratello

M.S.- Counseling: Marriage & Family Therapy,
         University of La Verne, 1993Professor Fratello holding her gray cat

B.A.- Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 1990
A.A.- Liberal Arts, Ventura College, 1988

Distance education teaching certificates, online education: Cerro Coso College and @ONE.

Having lived in Southern California for most of my life, I still consider myself more "SoCal" than "NorCal", though Sacramento really does feel like home to me now.

Since 2002, I have been teaching full-time at ARC. Prior to ARC, I taught at Napa Valley College and also at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. Before teaching, I worked for over 11 years in the field of mental health. During those years, I worked in elementary schools, non-profit agencies, and in private practice. Most notably, I was the lead therapist for the Early Intervention Program at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic and I headed the mental health department for the largest Head Start agency in Los Angeles at the time.

Students who take my classes will find themselves laughing a lot, working hard, and leaving well prepared not only for more advanced courses in psychology, but better prepared for transfer to undergraduate study at a college or university.

Psychology is a broad field which is reflected in the courses I've taught: General Principles, Child Psychology, Human Sexuality, Child Development, Critical Thinking, and Human Development. I have been teaching full-time at ARC since 2002.


Current Service:

  •  Chair, Faculty Film Club, 2015 - present

    • Peer Review Team, Faculty, 2015 - 2019

Professional Affiliations:

Association for Psychological Science

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (license not kept current)

Recent Presentations:

Enrollment Trends: Follow-up to Fall 2016 Presentation
Psychology Department,
American River College

April 20, 2017

Special Forum: History, Political Science, Psychology, and Legal Perspectives on Current Events in the USA.
"Belief vs. Evidence: Human Cognitive Biases"
American River College

February 28, 2017

Is Anybody There? Keeping Distance Education Students Plugged In
May 3, 2015

Western Psychological Association Convention
Las Vegas, NV
Co-presenters:Andrea Garvey and Lori Hokerson, Psychology

We're Plugged In!
January 15, 2015 and August 21, 2014 

American River College 
Regular Effective Contact and Regular Substantive Interaction in online teaching. 
Co-presenters: Andrea Garvey and Lori Hokerson, Psychology, and Marsha Reske, Distance Education Coordinator

Recent Past Service:

  • Lead, Psychology 335 Curriculum Task Force 2017.
  • Past Chair, LGBTQ Subcommittee of Equity, 2017-2018
  • Chair, LGBTQ Subcommittee of Equity, 2015 - 2017
  • Co-Author with Chris Padgett, History, of Special Joint Resolution of the Combined Senates of American River College: Commitment to the Social Justice Mission of California's Community Colleges
      • Passed by ARC Academic Senate, Feb. 23, 2017
      • Passed by ARC Classified Senate, Feb. 14, 2017
      • Passed by ARC Associated Student Body, March 16, 2017
  • National Kick Butts Day at ARC, March 2016
  • Smoke, Tobacco, and Vape-Free Task Force, Spring 2015.
  • Distance Education Work Group, 2014 - 2015
  • ARC iPad Initiative, Member, 2012 - 2015
  • Officer, ARC Academic Senate
      • Secretary, 2011 -2013
      • Vice President, 2013 - 2014
  • Chair, Program Review Subcommittee, 2013
  • Senator, ARC Academic Senate, 2009 - 2011

Updated January 2018