Kayleen Howard 2005

Kayleen Howard (2005) has been a Behavioral Therapist at Cornerstone Therapies in Huntington Beach, California for seven years. The Cornerstone Autism Program (CAP) is an early intervention program for children under 3 years of age who may or may not have a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The program is founded on the principles of the science called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Children receive intervention delivered by a behavior therapist utilizing a 1 to 1 ratio and incorporating research-based behavior strategies and methodologies. Supervisors monitor the child’s progress towards goals and observe individual behavior sessions to ensure quality programming and to determine any modifications or adaptations that are warranted. Services are provided in multiple settings depending on the unique needs of the child and family. Programming may be performed in the child’s home, community environments, preschool, and clinic.


Lauren East 2012

Lauren East (2012) is pursuing an M.A. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. Lauren has been working with clients with trauma histories, and she reports loving growing as a counselor. Lauren is starting an internship in the summer 2014 at the Northern Colorado AIDS Project where she will work one-on-one with clients newly diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.


Patrick Malaret 2013

Congratulations to Patrick Malaret (2013), who has finished his teaching credential and has just been hired to teach 7th grade math at American Canyon Middle School in Napa Valley. He will also be teaching an elective class and is thinking of teaching behavior modification so that students can learn the basics of positive reinforcement and token systems. Eventually Patrick will be pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology. (6/23/14)


Madison Bennett 2015

Madison Bennett (2015) has been hired as a Behavior Interventionist by Nyansa Learning Corporation of Orange County, CA! Nyansa Learning Corporation is a dynamic group of experienced educators who provide in-home behavior intervention services for children with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families. The Nyansa team is comprised of behavior analysts from various backgrounds including, psychology, counseling, and education. (5/13/14)


Heather Mesa 2010

Congratulations to Heather Mesa (2010), who has been accepted to the PhD program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology at Fielding Graduate University! Heather will begin the program in May 2014.


Psi Chi — 20 Years!

The psychology department celebrated the 20th year of Vanguard University’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology! Forty-five students were honored as recent inductees into Psi Chi! Dr. Soha Heidari was the invited guest speaker, talking to our students about careers in psychology.

Michael Hanna - cropped picture

Psychology Welcomes New Professor

The Psychology Department at Vanguard University welcomes new professor, Dr. Michael Hanna.  Dr. Hanna comes to the department with a PhD in Biological Sciences, specializing in Neurobiology and Behavior.  He is currently teaching General Psychology and Biological Psychology and will be teaching Cognitive Psychology in future semesters.  Dr. Hanna has a love for teaching and mentoring students and his contributions are already being felt and appreciated by his colleagues and students.


Ricky Colombo (2010)

Ricky Colombo (2010) is enjoying being in the Applied Behavior Analysis option of the M.S. in Psychology program at California State University Los Angeles. As Ricky says of the behavioral approach, “The natural contingencies of reinforcing good behavior or extinguishing unwanted behavior is Godly. He is always present in the natural world.” Ricky encourages current psychology majors to explore Applied Behavior Analysis as a career path!