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.


Linda Salvucci, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Addiction, chronic illness, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology.


Dr. Salvucci has more than 29 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She has worked in a variety of different settings, including state institutions, prisons, hospitals, private agencies, community mental health agencies, and addiction treatment centers. She has held a variety of positions, such as detoxification technician, crisis therapist, primary therapist, clinical director and program director, in addition to providing consultation services. Currently, Dr. Salvucci is the clinical director of a mental health and substance abuse clinic in the Phoenix area.

In addition to the education noted above, Dr. Salvucci has completed post-doctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Dr. Salvucci enjoys hiking, deep-sea fishing, and traveling in her spare time.

Educational Background

PhD Psychology and Clinical Psychology, Capella University, Minnesota; MA Counseling Psychology, Goddard College, Vermont; BA Psychology, Drake University, Iowa

Courses Taught
  • MFT 86700 - Psychopharmacology
  • PSY 2306 - Foundations of Addiction
  • PSY 2308 - Counseling and Treatment of the Chemically Dependent
  • PSY 2311 - Alcohol, Drugs, Family and Culture
  • PSY 2313 - Families and Addiction
  • PSY 2315 - Preparation Course for CAADAC Certification
  • PSY 2507 - Case Management: Assessment, Treatment Planning, Relapse Prevention and Aftercare
  • PSY 2508 - Supervised Practicum & Fieldwork
  • PSY 87524 - Cognition, Emotion and Motivation
  • PSY 87538 - Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors
  • PSY 87700 - Psychopharmacology
  • PSY 87701 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 89997A - Doctoral Project I
  • PSY 89997B - Doctoral Project II
  • PSY 89998A - Doctoral Project III
  • PSY 89998B - Doctoral Project IV
  • PSY 89999 - Doctoral Project V