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.


Heidi Magyar, PsyD, MSN

Faculty Mentor, School of Nursing

Areas of Interest and Expertise
Cognitive behavior therapy for schizophrenia; metacognition; resiliency in university students


Dr. Heidi Magyar is an ANCC certified adult psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and has worked in many practice areas including emergency medicine, oncology, research, neonatal intensive care and medical intensive care. Currently, she works in a private psychiatric practice as a prescribing nurse practitioner.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Magyar enjoys teaching. She was a nurse educator at Rasmussen College and an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Florida teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She also taught onsite clinical psychopharmacology to graduate students from University of South Florida and Jacksonville University. Dr. Magyar has been active in education, not only as an instructor, but as a student. She recently completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from CalSouthern.

Dr. Magyar has been involved in international research in the field of psychology and has authored several articles regarding resiliency among university students. She also has been published in several nursing and psychiatric journals.

One of Dr. Magyar’s clinical interests is cognitive therapy for schizophrenia. She is an active member of the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Magyar is married and has two adult children. She and her husband are avid cyclists and have traveled by bicycle throughout Europe and Scandinavia. She is also a lifelong yoga practitioner. She and her husband have two very large labradoodles that provide endless entertainment.

Educational Background
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) — University of Florida
Master of Science (MS) in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing — University of South Florida
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — University of Florida
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) — California Southern University


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