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.


Toby Spiegel, PsyD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Attachment, trauma, psychological assessment, domestic violence.

Dr. Spiegel earned her BA in Political Science/Communications from Queens College, New York. Soon after graduation, she relocated to California where she attended University of California, Irvine and earned her Paralegal Certification. After 16 years working in corporate America as a Paralegal, she returned to school as a non-traditional age student earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She then went on to earn a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensics from Argosy University Orange County, California.

Her career consisted of working with at risk adolescents in a forensic setting (i.e. probation), in Juvenile Drug Court and Youth and Family Resource Center, and working for the County of Orange in the foster care system. Additionally, she conducted psychological assessments for the County of Orange Dependency Court for minors that reside at Orangewood Children’s Home as well as Juvenile Drug Court. She has obtained state certification in Dispute Resolution and Domestic Violence.

Educational Background

PsyD Argosy University, California; MA Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, California; BS Political Science/Communications, Queens College, New York

Courses Taught
  • PSY 7799 - Doctoral Qualifying Examination
  • PSY 7800 - Comprehensive Examination
  • PSY 87799 - Doctoral Qualifying Examination
  • PSY 87800 - Comprehensive Examination