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.


Benton Allen, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Utilization of hypnosis in isolation and storage of traumatic injuries, clinical psychology, psycholinguistics, rationality versus religiousity, gender issues, creative art psycholinguistics


Dr. Allen has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1976. He has had extensive training in such fields as Ericksonian Hypnosis, Gestalt Psychotherapy, and biofeedback, among others.

Dr. Allen was in private practice for nearly 20 years, first as an individual practitioner and then with his wife. He created the Pomona Valley Psychological Center, a multi-faceted facility serving San Gabriel Valley residents, providing therapeutic services on an outpatient and inpatient basis. All ages, from single to multi-family, were accepted for therapy including biofeedback, group, and medical referrals to two on-staff psychiatrists. The staff grew to 17, which included Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Therapists, biofeedback therapists, Licensed Clinical Psychologists, and psychiatrists.

He is happy to be mentoring at CalSouthern, energetically working with Learners who are seeking to “find their potential and place in life.” He believes in lifelong education and lives by this wonderful thought from an unknown author: “Life’s beauty lies not in its capture, but in its pursuit.”

At the present time, Dr. Allen is preparing himself to enter the “final triad” of his life (a la Jung) and relishes the opportunity to mentor CalSouthern Learners.

Educational Background

PhD Educational Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; MA Psychology, California State College, Los Angeles; BA Psychology, Azusa Pacific College, California; AA Psychology, Mt. San Antonio College, California