Dedicated Faculty Mentors

School of Behavioral Sciences Faculty

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

They will be there for you—via phone, email or Skype—to answer any questions you may have and to help you master the course material. And, equally important, they will help you take the concepts you learn and apply them to resolve challenges commonly faced in clinical practice today.

CalSouthern’s faculty mentors are positive, encouraging and supportive—and entirely dedicated to your academic and professional success.


Barbara Lackey, PhD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Individual and family issues, addictions, attachment theory, PTSD, workplace violence and harassment, phase-of-life issues, personality assessment, hypnotherapy, gender issues, cultural issues in therapy

Dr. Lackey maintains a busy private practice. She does individual and family therapy as a California licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Dr. Lackey also conducts personality evaluations for various legal and religious entities, as well as educational assessment and consultation with private and public schools as a California licensed educational psychologist (LEP). Dr. Lackey consults with various businesses and agencies on topics such as critical incident stress debriefing, personality traits in the workplace, and other general topics designed to help employers create a healthy work climate. She also serves as a subject matter expert for the state of California, planning, writing, critiquing, and evaluating both MFT and LEP Licensing exams.

An experienced educator, Dr. Lackey has taught psychology at Pepperdine University and Northcentral University, as well as CalSouthern. She has taught courses including Individual and Child Development, Child Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Family Systems Development, Law and Ethics, Psychology of Violence, Substance Abuse: Detection and Treatment, Attention Deficit Disorder: Theories and Practices, and Dissertation Research and Writing.

Dr. Lackey has also worked as a school psychologist in the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified and Capistrano Unified School Districts, where her responsibilities included individual and group counseling, psycho-educational assessment, coordinating special education programs, chairing annual reviews, parent and staff consultation, supervision of counselors and school psychology interns, and critical incident stress debriefing.

Dr. Lackey has traveled extensively both abroad and in the U.S. She enjoys the theater, swimming, boogie boarding, and snorkeling. She also enjoys fine—and not-so-fine—dining and spending time with her husband, adult children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends.

Educational Background

PhD Psychology, United States International University, California; MS Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; BS Business, Russell Sage College, New York

Courses Taught
  • PSY 86509 - Psychology of Marriage and Family Systems
  • PSY 86511 - Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency
  • PSY 87519 - Psychology of Trauma
  • PSY 87528 - Psychology of Violence and Domestic Abuse Reporting
  • PSY 87529 - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • PSY 87539 - Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autistic Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • PSY 87897 - Doctoral Methodology
  • PSY 87898 - Doctoral Analysis
  • PSY 89997A - Doctoral Project I
  • PSY 89997B - Doctoral Project II
  • PSY 89998A - Doctoral Project III
  • PSY 89998B - Doctoral Project IV
  • PSY 89999 - Doctoral Project V


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