The School of Behavioral Sciences strives for excellence in the advancement of the behavioral sciences and in promoting mental health and service to society. The goal is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the lives of people in diverse communities around the world. The School is committed to a pursuit of humanistic thought and action, multicultural understanding, academic excellence, and lifelong learning.

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Alpa A. Bajaj, Associate Dean

Associate Dean Profile

Alpa A. Bajaj, PsyD

Alpa A. Bajaj, PsyD is the Associate Dean for the School of Behavioral Sciences at California Southern University. She has served as academic advisor, and program chair at the University. She has clinically worked in settings such as non-profit agencies, college campuses, private practices and hospital settings, including inpatient mental health. She enjoys working with diverse populations focusing on family dynamics, communication and social, emotional and health challenges. Dr. Bajaj has presented at conferences and agencies to promote cultural growth and awareness in the field and community.

Faculty Mentors

The faculty mentors in CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences are skilled and experienced clinicians as well as dedicated, responsive and highly qualified educators.

They are available to support your learning and mastery of the course content. And, equally important, they will help you utilize the concepts you learn and apply them to resolve challenges commonly faced in clinical practice today.

Meeting of students

CalSouthern provides instruction that enables dedicated, independent learners to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their career. The low tuition/payment structure ensures that learners graduate debt-free which is a HUGE deal in today’s world of unreasonable tuition rates and financial aid debt. I especially appreciate how CalSouthern understands that students like me, a single parent with a full-time, demanding career, may have difficulty keeping up with assignment deadlines. They are understanding and supportive and allow course extensions. I truly would not want to complete my PsyD degree anywhere else.

– Lori VanValkenburg, PsyD

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Accreditation & Approvals

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California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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