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.

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Carolyn Ortega, PsyD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Health Psychology, Assessment, Cultural Diversity, Neuropsychology, Community Mental Health

Dr. Carolyn Ortega is a bilingual licensed psychologist (State of California) who works in private practice focusing in the areas of neuropsychological, general psychological assessment, and individual therapy with monolingual Spanish speaking patients. She has presented and published most recently in the United Kingdom in the area of forensic psychology. Dr. Ortega’s academic and professional interests are in conceptualizing behavioral health and assessment within the framework of culture, professional ethics, health psychology, and considerations of salient issues in the access to quality treatment for diverse communities.

Dr. Ortega received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Southern California. She completed a predoctoral fellowship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale University, School of Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Ortega also completed a postdoctoral appointment at Yale University, School of Medicine.

Educational Background
PsyD, MA, Clinical Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange, California; Pre Doctoral Psychology Fellow, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; BA, Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, California