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 Denny, MSW

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Relationships, clinical hypnotherapy, anxiety disorders, stress and pain management


Barbara Denny has been a faculty mentor with California Southern University for many years. She helped develop the bachelor’s program in psychology as well as many of the graduate-level courses in the department. She also has a thriving private practice, specializing in relationship problems, eating disorders, and job stress. Barbara employs clinical hypnosis techniques for stress, pain control, sleep disorders and habit modification. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed marriage and family therapist and is certified in clinical hypnotherapy. Her professional affiliations include membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the National Association of Social Workers, the Employee Assistance Professional Association and the Los Angeles Academy of Clinical Hypnosis.

Barbara loves to travel, especially internationally, whether on safari in Africa or hiking through the French countryside.

Educational Background

MSW Social Work, Adelphi University, New York; BA English, Seton Hill College, Pennsylvania

Courses Taught
  • PSY 2102 - Introduction to Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling
  • PSY 2106 - Psychology of Communication
  • PSY 2404 - Crisis Intervention
  • PSY 2410 - Psychology of Adjustment
  • PSY 2411 - Psychology in Business
  • PSY 2505 - Cognition and the Brain