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.


Gia Hamilton, MS

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Healing for foster care alumni, treatment of human trafficking survivors

Gia is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a background in education. She taught at California State University, San Bernardino, where she was an award-winning lecturer. As a therapist, she has worked with both the Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Probation in San Bernardino County. She is passionate about empowering the underserved, especially young adults and adolescents from the foster care and probation systems, helping them to overcome incredible challenges to fulfill their potential and reach their goals.

Gia enjoys both watching and playing sports and is active in her church community. She currently provides individual therapy to emancipated foster care youth with United Friends of the Children (UFC). She is grateful to be part of a team whose vision is to prepare foster youth for a future that works.

Educational Background

MS Clinical Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino; BA French, University of California, Los Angeles