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.


Heather Gelhart, EdD

Faculty Mentor, Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Psychiatric symptoms, severity of illness, substance and alcohol use in homeless populations, depression and anxiety

In addition to her position as a faculty mentor at CalSouthern, Dr. Gelhart is a freelance editor working with clients around the world on various projects. Additionally, as the creator of an educational book, DVD and journal for children titled “Write to Read,” her concern for literacy is a passion and priority.

An advocate for the homeless, Dr. Gelhart enjoys volunteering at a local homeless shelter teaching GED skills to homeless individuals and helping each person realize their potential in life. She also enjoys membership in The Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Dr. Gelhart’s additional interests include photography, running, and traveling to Europe with her husband. Their membership in The Newfoundland Club of America keeps them busy as they participate in water rescue activities with their Newfoundland named Bo.

Educational Background

EdD, Counseling Psychology, Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona; MA, Psychology, Pepperdine University, Irvine, California; BA, English, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida

Courses Taught
  • MFT 86510 - Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • MFT 86528 - Psychology of Violence
  • PSY 87533 - Psychology of Death and Dying


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