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.


Colleen Kelly, MS

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Emotionally focused therapy for couples, focusing, mindful awareness training, addiction and recovery

Colleen Kelly is a licensed marriage and family therapist with practices in Encino, CA, and Irvine, CA. Colleen treats adults, couples, families and adolescents. Colleen specializes in couples work and has advanced training in emotionally focused therapy. She has worked with at-risk youth in schools, at a medical clinic and at an outpatient treatment center. Colleen also specializes in addiction work, particularly in helping couples and families to navigate and heal personal relationships in the context of recovery. Colleen is on staff at Healing Path Recovery, an intensive outpatient clinic in Newport Beach, CA.

Colleen integrates mindful-awareness and body-based awareness into her work as a psychotherapist. These healing modalities are informed by her past work as a professional choreographer, drummer and certified fitness trainer. Colleen is certified as a focusing instructor and a focusing oriented psychotherapist. Colleen trained for four years under Dr. Lionel Corbett, MD, a Jungian analyst, teacher, and author who writes and speaks about the intersection of psychology and spirituality. Colleen co-leads a weekly mindfulness-based recovery group that is open to the public on Thursday evenings in Irvine, CA called Recovery for Everyone. She enjoys providing couples workshops, as well as presentations on relationships, recovery, mind-body awareness, and spirituality.

Colleen loves nature, hiking, meditation, music, and spending time with her family. Colleen is delighted to be a part of California Southern University, and enjoys bringing her passion for recovery, spirituality, relationships and growth to her work within the university.

Educational Background

MS Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, Northridge, California, BS, Communications, Emerson College, Boston, Massachuset