Robert Crosby

Dr. Robert G. Crosby III

Professor of Psychology
Online and Professional Studies

Erin Smith

Dr. Erin I. Smith

Professor of Psychology
Director of Research for CBSS


The Church and Development Lab is highly collaborative. Starting back in 2014, Drs. Crosby and Smith have collaborated on a number of projects investigating children’s experience of social support at church. Since that time, additional members have joined the team in various capacities, including Dr. Leon Blanchette (chair of Christian Ministry, Olivet Nazarene University) and Dr. Greg Palardy (associate professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside). As our research continues to develop, we plan to increase our partnerships and collaborations to best answer the important questions in our research.


Cody Moberg
Cody Moberg is currently serving as the lab manager and coordinator for the project “Characteristics of Effective Children’s Church Ministries.” Originally from San Diego, CA, Cody moved to Riverside to attend college at California Baptist University to study psychology. Since his graduation in 2017, he has moved to Washington to attend Seattle Pacific University for a master’s degree (and eventually, Lord willing, a Ph.D.).

Contact the Center for the Study of Human Behavior

Director of Research: Dr. Erin Smith
Phone: (951) 343-4502

James Building, Rm 123A
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504