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


Dr. 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, Dr. 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. She also taught onsite clinical psychopharmacology to graduate students from University of South Florida and Jacksonville University. Dr. Magyar has been active in education, not only as an instructor, but as a student. She recently completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from CalSouthern.

Dr. 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 Dr. 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).

Dr. 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
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — University of Florida
Master of Science (MS) in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing — University of South Florida
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — University of Florida
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) — California Southern University