Claudia Degelman, M.A., LMFT#23794

Associate Professor of Psychology
Claudia Degelman 2004

Office: (714) 619-6443

Teaching Program:

Counseling Theories
Counseling Methods
Survey of Human Services

School for Professional Studies:

Survey of Human Services
Childhood and Adolescence
Group Dynamics
Counseling Theories
Psychology of the Family
Field Practicum

Vanguard University of Southern California


  • Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1983
    M.A., Family Counseling
  • Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, 1971
    B.A., Sociology


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 23794)

Professional History

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Vanguard University (1999-present)
  • Therapist, Optimum Care, Long Beach, CA (1994-1999)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Southern California College (1997)
  • Chemical Dependency Specialist, MCC Behavioral Care of California (1988-1994)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Southern California College (1992-1993)
  • Therapist, CompCare, Irvine, CA (1987-1988)
  • Clinical Coordinator, SURVIVAL, INC., Quincy, MA (1985-1986)
  • Counselor, Beechwood Counseling Services, Quincy, MA (1985-1986)
  • Counselor, SURVIVAL, INC., Quincy, MA (1979-1985)
  • Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1976-1979)
  • Caseworker, Regional Forensic Psychiatric Unit, Mayview State Hospital, Bridgeville, PA (1975-1976)
  • Caseworker, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA (1972-1975)

Professional Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


I joined the faculty at Vanguard University in 1999 after a rewarding career in human services. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and was honored to work for nearly 30 years with people whose lives and relationships had been complicated by poverty, substance abuse, and mental illness. At Vanguard, I now have the opportunity to work with students who are preparing to enter the helping professions. The courses that I teach regularly are Survey of Human Services, Field Practicum, Counseling Theories, Group Dynamics, and Psychology of the Family. My primary teaching is in the School for Professional Studies where I served as chair for 13 years. I have also taught in the traditional undergraduate program. The Psychology Department provides a supportive and challenging environment for students and faculty alike, and it is a privilege to be a part of this group. I authored a chapter on Substance Abuse and Treatment in Introduction to Human Services: Through the Eyes of Practice Settings. (Allyn & Bacon).

Apart from Vanguard, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My husband, Doug, is also a professor in the Psychology Department. We participate regularly with Vineyard Homeless Christian Fellowship, an outreach to homeless individuals and families in Santa Ana.