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.


Jennifer Bessel, PhD

Faculty Mentor, School of Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Anxiety and sport performance, eating disorders in athletes, effects of infertility on couple relationships, coping with infertility


As a specialist in sport psychology, Dr. Bessel has worked with USA Track and Field, USA Gymnastics, and professional, amateur and Olympic athletes. She also has expertise working with disordered eating and infertility issues. Dr. Bessel has written book chapters on disordered eating in athletes and mental preparation for the 800 meters in track and field.

Dr. Bessel has a private practice in Irvine, CA and had a practice in San Diego, CA since 2000. Her mind-body approach includes the use of hypnosis, meditation and MBSR in her clinical work. She uses the Gottman Approach when working with couples. Dr. Bessel also has provided clinical supervision at multiple clinical training sites.

Dr. Bessel is a runner, yoga practitioner and meditator. She spends time with her husband and son and enjoys outdoor activities, reading and cooking.

Educational Background

PhD, MA, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, California; BA, California State University, Long Beach, California