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.


Barbara Lackey, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Individual and family issues, addictions, attachment theory, PTSD, workplace violence and harassment, phase-of-life issues, personality assessment, hypnotherapy, gender issues, cultural issues in therapy

Dr. Lackey maintains a busy private practice. She does individual and family therapy as a California licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Dr. Lackey also conducts personality evaluations for various legal and religious entities, as well as educational assessment and consultation with private and public schools as a California licensed educational psychologist (LEP). Dr. Lackey consults with various businesses and agencies on topics such as critical incident stress debriefing, personality traits in the workplace, and other general topics designed to help employers create a healthy work climate. She also serves as a subject matter expert for the state of California, planning, writing, critiquing, and evaluating both MFT and LEP Licensing exams.

An experienced educator, Dr. Lackey has taught psychology at Pepperdine University and Northcentral University, as well as CalSouthern. She has taught courses including Individual and Child Development, Child Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Family Systems Development, Law and Ethics, Psychology of Violence, Substance Abuse: Detection and Treatment, Attention Deficit Disorder: Theories and Practices, and Dissertation Research and Writing.

Dr. Lackey has also worked as a school psychologist in the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified and Capistrano Unified School Districts, where her responsibilities included individual and group counseling, psycho-educational assessment, coordinating special education programs, chairing annual reviews, parent and staff consultation, supervision of counselors and school psychology interns, and critical incident stress debriefing.

Dr. Lackey has traveled extensively both abroad and in the U.S. She enjoys the theater, swimming, boogie boarding, and snorkeling. She also enjoys fine—and not-so-fine—dining and spending time with her husband, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends.

Educational Background

PhD Psychology, United States International University, California; MS Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; BS Business, Russell Sage College, New York

Courses Taught
  • PSY 86509 - Psychology of Marriage and Family Systems
  • PSY 86511 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency
  • PSY 87519 - Psychology of Trauma
  • PSY 87528 - Psychology of Violence and Domestic Abuse Reporting
  • PSY 87529 - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • PSY 87539 - Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autistic Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • PSY 87897 - Doctoral Methodology
  • PSY 87898 - Doctoral Analysis
  • 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