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.

Shanna Puels

Shanna Puels, PsyD

Faculty Mentor, School of Psychology

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Traumatic stress, depression, anxiety disorders, the neurosciences & associated diagnostic tools

After a career in business and time spent raising a family, Dr. Puels returned to school to become a marriage and family therapist and pursue her goal of receiving a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in clinical counseling from California Southern University. Dr. Puels’ places emphasis on a holistic approach to mental and emotional wellness and believes that attachment and trauma informed care are essential elements of treatment.

Dr. Puels has been an associate director for outreach and community programs for a nonprofit organization where she focused on program development, training and mentoring. In addition to her position as faculty mentor at CalSouthern, she has a busy private practice and is an AAMFT-approved supervisor, helping to prepare a new generation of therapists to achieve their career and licensing goals in the ever-evolving fields of marriage and family therapy and clinical counseling.

Dr. Puels has been dedicated to serving our country’s military members and their families. Since its inception in 2005, she has volunteered with Give an Hour, a non-profit organization providing free mental health services to those affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through this work, Dr. Puels has developed a specialization in traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders that impact service members and family of all ages.

Dr. Puels believes in compassion and care for all living creatures and humankind. She enjoys being with nature through landscaping and organic gardening, kayaking, hiking with family and four-legged friends and visiting our nation’s national parks. Along with these favorite pastimes, she is an avid reader.

Educational Background

PsyD, California Southern University, Irvine, California; MS in Clinical Counseling Psychology, California Baptist University, Riverside, California; BS, Business & Management, University of Redlands, Redlands, California