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.


Thierry Kolpin, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
School counseling, career-transition counseling

Thierry Kolpin, PhD, received his doctorate from Stanford University, with an emphasis in school and community-based counseling psychology. He has taught at several institutions of higher education including Santa Clara University, California State University Long Beach, and University of La Verne, teaching subjects such as counseling, psychology, education, law, and ethics. He has more than 5,000 hours of clinical experience and is in the final stage of completing state licensure requirements.

Dr. Kolpin also is currently involved with research on school counseling perceptions, counseling effectiveness in schools, mindfulness in counseling, and professional development schools. He is a founding partner for the Wise Educational Consulting Group and is one of the main developers of the Professional Development School Exploration and Assessment (PDSEA) process that schools and universities use to determine their readiness to engage in school-university partnerships.

Dr. Kolpin is one of the founders of an award-winning non-profit environmental group which, over an 18-year period, helped obtain, organize, and coordinate thousands of volunteers to work on restoration projects along the northern Orange County, California coastline, primarily at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. His other activities include spending time with his family, and helping his children learn the value and pleasures of coastal living including surfing, snorkeling, and quality time with the four-legged family members at “Dog Beach.”

Educational Background

PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; MS, Marriage Family Child Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, California State University, Long Beach, California; BS, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

Courses Taught
  • PSY 2312 - Group Treatment of Addiction
  • PSY 2314 - Aids and Chemical Dependency
  • PSY 87539 - Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autistic Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders