CalSouthern Faculty Mentors

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are talented, highly credentialed educators who are also experienced practitioners in the subject areas in which they teach—and they use that practical experience to help learners apply the concepts they learn to current, real-world issues.

A common misconception about online learning is that it is impersonal, that learners are on their own. At CalSouthern, that could not be further from the truth. Faculty mentors get to know their students and provide one-on-one, personalized feedback on their assignments. They are also available by email, phone or Skype to answer their questions or provide any additional support or guidance they might need.

To learn more about CalSouthern’s faculty mentors, their professional and academic backgrounds and research areas of interest, please use the directory below.


Heidi Magyar, PsyD, MSN

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Cognitive behavior therapy for schizophrenia, metacognition, resiliency in university students

Ms. Heidi Magyar is an ANCC-certified adult psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and has worked in many practice areas including emergency medicine, oncology, research, neonatal intensive care and medical intensive care. Currently, she works in a private psychiatric practice as a prescribing nurse practitioner.

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Magyar enjoys teaching. She was a nurse educator at Rasmussen College and an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Florida, teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Ms. Magyar has been active in education, not only as an instructor, but as a student. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in psychology and is completing her dissertation.

Ms. Magyar has been involved in international research in the field of psychology and has authored several articles regarding resiliency among university students. She also has been published in several nursing and psychiatric journals.

One of Ms. Magyar’s clinical interests is cognitive therapy for schizophrenia. She is an active member of the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT).

Ms. Magyar is married and has two adult children. She and her husband are avid cyclists and have traveled by bicycle throughout Europe and Scandinavia. She is also a lifelong yoga practitioner. She and her husband have two very large labradoodles that provide endless entertainment.

Educational Background
PsyD, California Southern University, Irvine, California; DNP, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; MS, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; BSN, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


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