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.


Patricia Mann, PsyD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Attachment theory, schema theory, social psychology, parenting, childhood bipolar disorder, spirituality, Jungian theory


Dr. Mann returned to school in mid-life to pursue both a master’s and doctoral degree in psychology. She has worked as a therapist in several clinical settings, counseling adults, young children, families and groups including teen mothers, and boys released from juvenile hall that were on probation. Her experience also includes facilitating court-ordered batterers’ treatment groups for individuals convicted of domestic violence. She has provided psychological assessments for the CA Youth and Family Resource Center in Anaheim, which serves youth who are repeat offenders.

Dr. Mann has also served as a therapist and provided psychological assessments at Western Youth Services in Anaheim and in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The populations that were served included diverse ethnicities of children, adolescents, adults and families in individual and family therapy. Patients were seen as a result of experiencing trauma, abuse, abandonment, or school difficulties. Common diagnoses ranged from anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attachment disorders through psychotic disorders.

Her doctoral dissertation is titled “An Integration of Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic Models: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Parenting, Schema Development and Coping Strategies.” It explores the process by which children develop early maladaptive beliefs and coping strategies that often lead to psychopathology in response to impaired parenting.

Educational Background

PsyD Psychology, Argosy University,California; MA Counseling Psychology, National University, California; BS Liberal Arts, Arizona State University

Courses Taught
  • MFT 86504 - Ethical Issues in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy
  • PSY 86502 - Counseling Theories and Strategies
  • PSY 86505 - Theories of Human Development and Functioning
  • PSY 86506 - Psychopathology
  • PSY 87500 - Advanced Theories of Personality
  • PSY 87506 - Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSY 87508A - Cultural Diversity