JFKu Online

Celeste Camagna Foley, Ph.D.


Forensic Psychology

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Claire Reclosado-Baclay, PsyD


Dr. Reclosado-Baclay’s interests include Sport Psychology, Social Justice and Advocacy, and areas surrounding the Filipino American community. Her experience includes presenting at national profession conferences (AAPA, NMCS, APA), teaching at both university and high school levels, and clinical work in various settings.

Credentials & Accolades

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
M.A. Sport Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Davis

Communication Coordinator, Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on Filipino Americans

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Laura Jones, M.A.


Having previously taught at a 4-year University I have found a home and a family at John F. Kennedy University. JFKU offers opportunities to an array of students, from those coming directly from a community college to lifelong learners returning to school. My teaching philosophy is to provide excellence and equity in education amongst a diverse population. My capstone topic is “social, cultural, and institutional factors that may enhance academic identity or lead to students’ disengagement in underrepresented minorities”. I advocate for students and help them find opportunities they may not have been aware existed including tutoring services, career mentoring, and graduate school possibilities. I most enjoy working with students in their college career and inspiring them to go further than they thought possible.


  • Goodkind, M.S., Eickhoff, S.B., Oathes, D.J., Jiang, Y., Chang, A., Jones-Hagata, L.B., Ortega, B.N., Zaiko, Y.V., Roach, E.L., & Etkin, A. (2014). Identification of a common neurobiological substrate for mental illness. JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Jones, L. B. "My Team Drinks: An Analysis of Alcohol Consumption Norms Among Adolescent Athletes" (2013). Master's Theses. http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4282


Social Psychology

Theories of Personality

Abnormal Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Senior Capstone

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Developmental Psychology

Adolescent Psychology

Social Psychology

Multicultural Psychology

APA Writing

Research Methods

Credentials & Accolades

M.A. Experimental Psychology, San Jose State University
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Society for Teaching Psychology (APA Division 2)
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45)
Western Psychological Association

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Dr. Pamela D. Parkinson, BS, JD


In my younger, thinner years I was a model, (one of the originals on the “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”, Virginia Slims campaign); practiced law in the Salt Lake Valley; served as a municipal court judge in Utah and Montana; owned a cafe and flipped hamburgers in the Yellowstone ecosystem; taught on ground as a Professor of Women’s Studies; and now teach online and develop courses. Whew!

I live high in the Rocky Mountains, 100 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, in a town of 180 souls that my Great-Grandparents founded in 1867. We are a farming and ranching community and it is the joy of my life to live in this beautiful, tranquil setting and be able to work from home. Life is very good!

My philosophy of education is a student-centric. I believe in focusing on student’s individual needs and goals and challenging students in the process of their learning. My goal is to help students develop the yearning to be lifelong learners and enabling them to understand the limitlessness of their critical thinking skills.

It is my philosophy that individual differences need to be recognized, respected, and celebrated. I believe that all students have strengths and it is the goal of an educator to mentor students in identifying and building upon these strengths.

My personal philosophy of education involves helping students realize the relevance and application of their studies to the world in which they play a part. I believe that students learn best through real-world experiences which are meaningful to them.

My personal experiences contribute to my philosophy today in that the most meaningful learning takes place when students are engaged, respected, motivated, and interested. It is my belief that the way to achieve this is by giving students a strong voice in their learning process and environment and by assisting them in finding connections in the curriculum with their own life and interests.

By allowing students to bring their own stories, experiences, and ideas into the classroom, students collaborate, they develop that most useful of real world skills and they learn from each other, and respect each others’ opinions and differences. My philosophy of education is grounded in respect.

Respect for the student and the totality of their experiences and being, and respect for the process that nurtures and encourages them to question and challenge the world around them. Now more than ever they are citizens of the world and that view must have its foundation in respect for the diversity and richness that they discover through the educational journey.

JFKU Online affords me the opportunity to reach those students who, for reasons of time or place, cannot begin or continue their educational journey. These students understand the importance of an education and how valuable it is to their lives. There are dreams involved here.

I picture the student: it’s 11pm and there is a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, their spouse is asleep in the BARCO-lounger in front of the TV, the washing machine is going, and they are just sitting down with their laptop and studies. They know they are not alone, we are there for them, at all hours, no matter where in the world they sit, and we are there.


Business Law and Ethics, Legal and Ethics Issues in Health Care, Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System, Family and Small Business, Decision Analysis, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Criminology, Conflict Management, Health Care Management, Introduction to Film, Communication, Juveniles in the Justice System, Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminal Investigation, Drug Use and Abuse, American History I & II, Human Civilization I & II, Ancient World History, New Venture Creation, Strategic Management, Organization and Business Communication, American Government, Academic Strategies, Psychology, Sociology, Personality Theories, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology, Counseling

Areas of Expertise

US History
US Constitutional Studies
Political Science
Women’s Studies
Criminal Justice
Social Sciences

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Keith Wade, DBA


Dr. Keith Wade’s work experience includes over 18 years of business and finance experiences with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company and Pitney Bowes. Some of his duties were to develop yearly plant budgets all of Powertrain, totaling more than 80 million dollars.

Dr. Wade was responsible for overall compliance of income statements before published from several departments and created all strategic roadmaps for future growth and income while at Ford Motor Company.

Dr. Wade’s extensive academic experience includes facilitating online classes that include the topics of finance, business, project management, and organizational behavior.

Dr. Wade earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also earned his MBA in Business from the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he completed his Doctorate in Business (Finance Concentration) from Argosy University.

On a personal side, Dr. Wade lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife and three kids. He loves to horseback ride and mountain bike with his family.


Organizational Behavior

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Organizational Behavior



Credentials & Accolades

DBA, Business

JFKu Online

Rick Abshier


I was born and raised in Chicago and spent most of my childhood and adult life there. I hold a BA in Political Science, an MBA in Marketing, an MA in Religion and a CAS in Business Education which required 33 semester hours of doctoral-level work.

I have worked as a Production Planner, Field Sales Engineer, Customer Service Manager and a Senior Management Consultant. I also spent 28 years at FedEx Express where I worked as a Senior Marketing Specialist, a Senior Training Specialist and a Senior Manager of Training.

I taught Management, Marketing and Economics on the campus of University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois for 6 years and have been involved in the world of online higher education since 2004 at Western Governors University, University of Phoenix, Argosy University, Cornerstone University, Ashford University, New Charter University, Patten University and, of course, John F. Kennedy University.

My lovely wife and I currently live in Northeast Florida in the small beachside community of Amelia Island where I enjoy playing the drums, guitar, bass, flight simulation and amateur (ham) radio.


Research Methods
Social Entrepreneurship
Leadership in Organizations and Business Management
Social Ethics
World Religions
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Strategic Management
Strategic Planning
New Student Orientation
Management Theories and Practices
Executive Leadership
Marketing Management
Mentoring and Team Leadership
Introduction to Business
New Venture Creation
Intermediate Selling
Sales Management

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Theology and Philosophy

Credentials & Accolades

C.A.S., Business Education, Northern Illinois University
M.A., Religion, Reformed Theological Seminary
M.B.A., Marketing, Benedictine University
B.A., Political Science, Benedictine University

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Jennifer St. John, MA


I have a BA and an MA in English from VA Tech, the coursework for a PhD in Educational Media and Computers from Arizona State University with an emphasis on special education and adult learners and am currently enrolled as a doctoral student studying Learning Analytics in Higher Education, which I hope to use to develop courses that support student success and achievement. I have been teaching for more than twenty years and have taught everything from English, to math, to Computers, to Accounting. I have worked as a college administrator in positions like Dean, Director of Academic Support, and General Education Department Chair. In addition, I have a strong background in instructional and curriculum development and online education. But my first love is, and has always been, working with students.

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I live in southeastern Virginia, near VA Beach. Although I’ve moved around a bit I’m a VA girl at heart. The only part of VA I haven’t lived in is the central part of the state but as global warming continues to cause the waters to rise, I anticipate a move — by truck or boat — to Richmond at some point. In my house the four-legged family members out number the two legged by a good margin but I’m hoping to get some chickens to swing that balance back to the two-legged. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with animals (obviously), reading, playing the piano, cooking enormous and elaborate meals for friends and family, and spending time in my husband’s beautifully landscaped yard. (He’s a bit proprietary on that score.)

I look forward to working with you sometime soon and I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I will!


American History courses (American History I & II, Government)
Ancient World History
Argument, Technical Writing
Comp I type courses
Comp II type courses
Critical Thinking
Effective Graduate Writing
Ethics, Critical Thinking
Interdisciplinary Reading, Writing, and Research
Introduction to Film
Lit courses (American, British, World)
New Student Orientation
Orientation to Graduate Studies
Persuasive Writing
Psychology/Sociology courses
Remedial English (Grammar and Composition, Effective Writing)
Theory of Composition

Area of Expertise

English: Composition and Literature

American History

Communications and Public Speaking

Music: Theory and vocal performance

The Art of Persuasion

Credentials & Accolades

Ed.D. Educational Leadership: Learning Analytics in Higher Education (in process)

  • Northcentral University
  • Expected Completion Date: June 2019
  • Focus: Interaction in Online Higher Education

Ph.D. coursework (ABD), Educational Media & Computers

  • Arizona State University
  • Focus: Instructional Media Design
  • Dissertation Topic: Women and Media: Hunter Gatherers in the Internet Age
  • 33 credits completed, 4.0 gpa

M.A., English

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Focus: Use of Computers in the Liberal Arts classroom
  • Thesis topic: Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: A self-aware hypertext

B.A., English

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Minor: Vocal Performance

Additional Training

  • Microsoft Certification Courses: Word, Excel, Outlook
  • TOEFL Certification Course
  • Franklin Covey: 7 Habits Workshop, Productivity Workshop, Leadership Workshop


Dr. Bellin is an Assistant Professor of Holistic Counseling Psychology, and the Director of the Holistic Research Center @ JFKU. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in meaning-centered psychotherapy, infused with narrative and mindfulness therapies. His recent publications include articles about the intersection of meaning in life and marginalized identities, and about mindfulness in psychotherapy. Dr. Bellin is a committed practitioner of mindfulness and leads therapeutically-oriented mindfulness retreats. Additionally, he was a principle researcher on a grant-funded program to improve LGBTQI2-S competency for Alameda County behavioral health providers.

Dr. Bellin is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Humanistic Counseling, and the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and a member of the Transition Committee for the International Network for Personal Meaning.


  • Counseling Psychology - Holistic Specialization


Advanced Clinical Skills (San Jose)

Final Integration Project (San Jose)

Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle (Pleasant Hill)

Marriage and Family Therapy (Pleasant Hill)

Selected Publications

Bellin, Z.J., Papula, K., Youseffi, J., & Kurai, M. (2018, March). Exploring the Relationship between Social Marginalization, Meaning in Life, and Mindfulness: A Mixed-Methods Approach. Presented at the International Conference on Psychology and Spirituality, Bangkok, Thailand.

Bellin, Z.J. (2017). Attending to meaning in life in the lives of marginalized individuals. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 56, 211-227.

Bellin, Z.J. (2016). Mindfulness and couples. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. (Vol. 1). USA: SAGE Publishing.

Bellin, Z.J. (2016). Therapist attunement. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. (Vol. 1). USA: SAGE Publishing.

Bellin, Z.J. (2015). The meaning connection between mindfulness and happiness. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 54, 221-235.

Bellin, Z.J. (2014). The practice of personal meaning cultivation. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 5, 145-147

Bellin, Z.J. (2014). Getting serious about spirituality: Preparing tomorrow’s counselor for post-conventional faith. Vistas Online. Retrieved from http://www.meaningthroughbeing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Vistas-Article-2014.pdf

Bellin, Z.J. (2013). Meaning through Being: Reclaiming the Wholeness of Personal Meaning. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 52, 208-222

Bellin, Z.J. (2012). Beyond Frankl: Towards a meaningful life. Tikkun Online Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/beyond-frankl-towards-a-meaningful-life-2

Bellin, Z.J. (2012). The Quest to Capture Personal Meaning in Psychology. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 4, 4-30

Bellin, Z.J. (2011). The power of presence. In E. Barany, The Torah Codes. Oakland: Dafka Books

Bellin, Z.J. (2010). Exploring Attitudes towards Death and Life through Story and Metaphor. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3(2), 62-72

Credentials & Accolades

Ph.D. Pastoral Counseling and Counselor Education, Loyola University Maryland

M.A. Counseling – Colleges and Community Agencies, New York University

California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC #37)

Nationally Certified Counselor (National Board of Certified Counselors)

Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance – RYT 200)

College of Psychology

Victoria Tomlinson, PhD, CPsychol, CMPC


Originally from the UK, Vicki completed her education and training at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). She completed her Master’s and Doctorate in Sport Psychology, alongside three years applied training and supervised experience in order to gain successful BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) accreditation and BPS (British Psychological Society) Chartered Certification in the UK. She is also qualified as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through AASP, and is a Certification Council (CC) member and chair of the Application Review Committee (ARC).

Vicki’s doctoral research studied context and practice within youth soccer, exploring psychological well-being through qualitative research methods that utilized both mainstream theory and an exploration of culture and practice. Her research involved conducting research in applied settings, working closely with athletes in one-to-one and group situations, and alongside coaches and medical practitioners within a collaborative multidisciplinary team.


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  • Sport Psychology

With extensive education, training and experience, Vicki has acquired professional knowledge and understanding in teaching and applied practice. She previously taught in Higher Education at Liverpool John Moores University, and within her role at a professional soccer club as a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Head of Education & Welfare, she designed, led and managed the coordination of all education and psychology programs.

As an applied practitioner for over 14 years, Vicki’s professional practice and experience is predominantly within European soccer, where she worked at a professional soccer academy as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team with various practitioners (coaches, sport scientists and medical practitioners), with particular reference to psychological well-being, youth development and coaching practice. Other experiences across different sports also include working with GB archery, and traveling to international competitions at senior and junior level.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling and experiencing new places and different cultures, watching live sport events (tuning into the English Premier League when possible!), music concerts, taking photographs, and participating in a variety of leisure activities from fitness to outdoor pursuits.


Performance Enhancement A

Performance Enhancement B

Sport Psychology B

Fieldwork Orientation

Individual & Group Supervision

Selected Publications

Tomlinson, V., and Alexander, B. (2018). Finding a Supervisor: How Can You Create the Right Match? In: A. Pope- Rhodius, S. Robinson, S. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Excelling in Sport Psychology: Planning, Preparing, and Executing Applied Work. New York, NY: Routledge.

Knowles, Z., Gilbourne, D., Tomlinson, V. and Anderson A. (2007). Reflections on reflective practice: Thoughts on process, outcomes and rationale within supervision. The Sport Psychologist, 21 (1), p.109-122.

Credentials & Accolades

Certification Council (CC) Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Application Review Committee (ARC) Chair, Association for Applied Sport Psychology

PhD Sport Psychology “Context and practice within a youth football setting: An exploration of psychological well-being through action research processes”.
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counseling (ABC accredited). Bolton Community College, UK

MSc Sport Psychology. Liverpool John Moores University, UK

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Biology (BPS accredited and GBC membership). Liverpool John Moores University, UK

College of Psychology

Stephen Carlson, PhD


Stephen Carlson, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, where he teaches Integrated Professional Seminar III, Family Systems Theory, and Dissertation Proposal. His professional interests include community mental health with an emphasis on social justice and multiculturalism, the psychology of trauma, family therapy, and the psychology of men and masculinity. He has delivered professional presentations on the application of masculinity theory to clinical populations and pedagogical best-practices in multicultural training and education. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Psy.D. Curriculum Committee, a member of the Program Review Committee at John F. Kennedy University, and has a private practice in Oakland.


  • Doctor of Psychology


Integrated Professional Seminar III

Family Systems Theory & Applications to Diverse Populations,

Dissertation Proposal

Applied Clinical Theory

Selected Publications

Carlson, S. H. (2017). Intersecting genderfluid: A feminist conceptualization. California Psychologist.

Carlson, S. H., Linder, J.L., & Nagash, S. (submitted). EMDR as an adjunct treatment to EFT: Healing the trauma of infidelity. Couple & Family Psychology: Research and Practice.