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.


Heather Gelhart, EdD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Psychiatric symptoms, severity of illness, substance and alcohol use in homeless populations, depression and anxiety

In addition to her position as a faculty mentor at CalSouthern, Dr. Gelhart is a freelance editor working with clients around the world on various projects. Additionally, as the creator of an educational book, DVD and journal for children titled “Write to Read,” her concern for literacy is a passion and priority.

An advocate for the homeless, Dr. Gelhart enjoys volunteering at a local homeless shelter teaching GED skills to homeless individuals and helping each person realize their potential in life. She also enjoys membership in The Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Dr. Gelhart’s additional interests include photography, running, and traveling to Europe with her husband. Their membership in The Newfoundland Club of America keeps them busy as they participate in water rescue activities with their Newfoundland named Bo.

Educational Background

EdD, Counseling Psychology, Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona; MA, Psychology, Pepperdine University, Irvine, California; BA, English, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida

Courses Taught
  • MFT 86510 - Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • MFT 86528 - Psychology of Violence
  • PSY 87533 - Psychology of Death and Dying