College of Psychology

Steve Del Chiaro, PsyD

About

Dr. Steven Del Chiaro has a diverse background that reflects his many interests. He began his undergraduate career at San Diego State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Development. He then earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Loras College in Iowa while working as a Residence Hall Director, as well as working with the Counseling Center, Career Center, Student Activities Board, and Admissions Office. He has earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and has since worked as an educator and administrator at several institutions of higher education. Dr. Del Chiaro has also worked as a career counselor, sports therapist and executive coach. As Chair and Professor at JFKU for 10 years, he has taught a variety of psychology courses at different educational levels. In addition, he currently works as a therapist for the County of Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office and Department of Corrections. His present research is in the area of couples communication patterns and animal assisted therapy.

Dr. Del Chiaro is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association.

Credentials & Accolades

University of San Francisco, PsyD., Counseling Psychology

Loras College, MS, Clinical Psychology

San Diego State University, BA, Psychology

College of Law

Robert E. Valdez, J.D.

About

Pursuing my desire to teach rather than practice law, I developed the courses Computer Applications in Law Practice I and II at San Francisco State University (including obtaining software certifications), taught Legal Research & Writing at San Francisco City College, Legal and Internet-based Research at West Valley College in Saratoga, the courses Legal Research, Civil Litigation I and finally Legal Technology at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), at both the Pleasant Hill and San Jose campuses.

Currently, I’m continuing my love of teaching as an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College, Saratoga and John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California.

Programs/Courses

  • PLS3002 Legal Research

Credentials & Accolades

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Golden Gate University School of Law

Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Witkin Legal Institute

Certificate in Paralegal Studies, San Francisco State University

Bachelor of Arts, Social Science with Criminal Justice Minor, San Francisco State University

College of Psychology

Lauren S. Tashman, PhD

About

Lauren S. Tashman, PhD, CMPC received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her Master’s and PhD degrees in Educational Psychology with a major in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), providing mental performance coaching, leadership advising, and team/organization consulting in sport, exercise, and non-sport performance settings in New York City and worldwide. She has consulted with a variety of sports, such as golf, softball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis, basketball, and volleyball at a variety of levels including youth, collegiate, professional, and national/Olympic. She has also consulted with non-sport performers, such as dancers and business professionals. In addition, she provides supervision/mentoring for individuals pursuing AASP CMPC, and is the Mental Performance Coach for Canada’s National Women’s Softball Team.

Previously Dr. Tashman was an Associate Professor in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) as well as Coordinator of the Master’s program in SEPP at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She also served as the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services, providing mental performance coaching to the Barry athletes, coaches, and teams as well as supervising the master’s students with their practicum experiences. She has conducted research and supervised many thesis research projects in various areas, such as investigations of burnout and perfectionism in coaching, the experience of participating in an ultraendurance adventure race, vision and cognitive perceptual training, flow experiences in musicians, coaches’ perceptions of athlete leadership, cohesion in sports teams, training and supervision in sport, exercise, and performance psychology, and expert performance in SWAT police officers and critical care nurses. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, has presented and done workshops at both national and international conferences and seminars, and is the co-editor of two books published by Routledge: “Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: a Global Perspective” (2014) and “Global Practices and Training in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology” (2016).

Selected Publications

“Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: a Global Perspective” (2014)

“Global Practices and Training in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology” (2016)

College of Psychology

Kim E. Kinna

Programs/Courses

  • Counseling Skills B
  • Group Supervision

Credentials & Accolades

M.A. Sport Psychology JFKU, Ed.D. Counseling Psychology – Argosy University

College of Psychology

Kellen Lee

About

Kellen Lee, MA, CMPC completed his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego with Bachelor Degrees in both Communication and Psychology. He was an All-American baseball player at UCSD. He then played 1 season of Independent Professional Baseball. After graduating, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology at JFK University. He is currently working as a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert (MRT-PE) for the US Army as he progresses towards a PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology. In addition, he is adjunct faculty for the JFK University Sport Psychology program where he supervises current graduate student interns. He resides in Campbell, CA with his wife Jaclyn, son Colton, and dog Yadi.

Credentials & Accolades

Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology – JFK University

Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

PhD Candidate – General Psychology: Emphasis in Performance Psychology

College of Psychology

Kathy Langsam

About

Kathy Langsam, licensed Marriage Family Therapist, is Senior Adjunct Professor with Golden Gate University and Adjunct Professor with John F. Kennedy University where her teaching focuses on Community Mental Health, Psychopathology, Legal & Ethical Issue in Trauma, Evidence-based Practice and Practicum. She was the 2016 recipient of Golden Gate University’s Distinguished Adjunct Professor and in 2013, the Psychology Department’s Outstanding Adjunct Professor. She is the Volume Co-editor of The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice and the Co-editor of The Prager Handbook of Mental Health and the Aging Community. She has supervised and supported trainees, interns and licensed staff in her various roles as Director of Clinical Services, Clinical Director, Director of Training and Internship Program for eighteen years and continues to consult with agencies and trains supervisors. She is a Certified Supervisor with the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT). In 2015, Kathy was named CAMFT Distinguished Clinical Member of the year. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

Programs/Courses

  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Trauma

College of Psychology

Karlene Pick

About

Karlene is an Adjunct Professor in Sport Psychology Program and teaches Ethics & Professional Issues in Sport Psychology A and B, and Developing a Consulting Practice B.
Karlene is a Mental Training Consultant and works with athletes and teams teaching mental training techniques and team building strategies. She works with athletes in sports such as golf, skating, swimming, tennis and gymnastics; baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and others.
Karlene co-presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
conference in Salt Lake City, UT (2009) and in Honolulu, HI (2011). In 2012 and 2013, she co-presented at the National University Center for Performance Psychology Conference.
Karlene is the author of the book, Winning the Mental Way: A practical guide to team building and mental training. Additionally, she co-authored a book chapter on peer consultation titled “The Significance of Gaining Support and Avoiding the ‘Lone Ranger Trap” in the book Becoming a sport, exercise, and performance psychology professional.
She is also a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Programs/Courses

  • Ethics & Professional Issues in Sport Psychology A
  • Ethics & Professional Issues in Sport Psychology B

Selected Publications

Winning the Mental Way: A practical guide to team building and mental training

 

College of Psychology

Guy Albert, PhD

About

Guy Albert, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice with adolescents, adults, and couples in Berkeley, California. He’s an adjunct faculty at JFK University and a former adjunct faculty at Sofia University. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology–now known as Sofia University. Dr. Albert is an Analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a Clinical and Research Consultant. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, Gaylesta: the Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and the Spiritual Emergence Network. One of his clinical specialties is in working with spiritual emergencies. As a member of Gaylesta’s Advocacy Committee, Dr. Albert has worked to debunk the practices of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) and Gender Identity Change Efforts (GICE)–commonly known as Conversion or Reparative Therapy–since 2010. He is currently co-coordinating the creation of a national joint statement against Conversion Therapy by all professional healthcare associations in the US.

Programs/Courses

  • HPB5100 Depth Seminar

Selected Publications

Albert, G. (2019). Fix Me Please. I’m Gay, in Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness. London: Oxford University Press.

Albert, G. (2017). Self-transformation through the experience and resolution of mental health crises. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 36 (2).
https://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/ijts-transpersonalstudies/vol36/iss2/7/

Credentials & Accolades

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Certified Jungian Analyst from the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

College of Psychology

James Nerney

About

James Nerney has taught for twenty-four years, most of those years devoted to teaching psychology. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco, a master’s in clinical psychology from San Jose State University, and two years in the Social-Personality program at the University of Colorado.

Upon leaving graduate school, he worked as a statistician for the City and County of San Francisco. Then, for several years, he worked as a system analyst. In 1994, he started teaching courses in computer networking. Soon thereafter he began teaching Personality Psychology. When the university where he taught established a Psychology major, he was able to devote himself to teaching psychology. He taught most of the psychology courses that that school offers.

For the past five years at JFK University, he has taught courses in History and Systems of Psychology, Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Biopsychology.

He applies to himself the same philosophy of education that he applies to his students: Understand yourself so you can better treat others.

Programs/Courses

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biopsychology

Credentials & Accolades

M.A., Clinical Psychology, San Jose State University

JFKU VALOR Center Veterans Day Picnic

Veterans, police and firefighters, first responders, friends and family, the VALOR Center invites you to its annual Veterans Day Picnic for music, commemoration, and food! This family event will feature a live DJ, local artists and vendors, and a bouncy house. The event will also include a memory board that will be added to throughout the event. Attendees are invited to bring pictures and biographies to post commemorating theirs or their loved ones’ time in the service.

What better way to celebrate Veterans Day than with your local veteran community and JFKU’s VALOR Center? We look forward to seeing you there!