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.


Nicole Johnson-Nguyen, PsyD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Learning in adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome

Dr. Johnson-Nguyen is a clinical psychologist and has been licensed since 2004. She has worked in an array of clinical settings, including a community mental health clinic, a foster family agency, a group/private practice, a non-public school, and on the adolescent unit of a psychiatric hospital. Dr. Johnson-Nguyen’s clinical experience at these settings includes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and families.

She has conducted both individual and group therapy sessions. In addition, Dr. Johnson-Nguyen has administered psychological assessments in a mental health clinic and a psychiatric hospital setting. She currently maintains a successful private practice, offering supervision and guidance to behavioral consultants who are providing services to adults with mental and physical challenges.

Dr. Johnson-Nguyen married her high school sweetheart in 2004 and is the mother of two beautiful children. She enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and exposing her children to new experiences.

Educational Background

PsyD Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, California; MA Psychology, Pepperdine University, California; BA Psychology, University of California, Irvine

Courses Taught
  • MFT 86504A - Ethical Issues in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy II
  • MFT 86704 - Practicum I
  • MFT 86705 - Practicum II
  • MFT 86706 - Practicum III
  • PSY 87504 - Ethical and Professional Issues
  • PSY 87704 - Practicum I
  • PSY 87705 - Practicum II
  • PSY 87706 - Practicum III
  • PSY 88000 - Internship