Karen “KJ” Hummel, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology


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Dr. Karen Jeanne Hummel (known to her students as “KJ”) has been teaching at Vanguard University since 2000, briefly as an adjunct instructor and soon thereafter as a resident faculty member. KJ teaches in and chairs the Traditional Undergraduate Psychology program.

KJ takes great joy in being part of the Vanguard community, and she delights in getting to know the people who are her students. She is blessed to witness her students progress in self discovery and understanding so that they may relate to the world around them more positively and effectively as they grow and develop into the people that God has designed them to be. She is particularly interested in positive psychology, group dynamics, communication, personality formation, and spiritual development.

KJ grew up in Costa Mesa, California, and graduated as a psychology major with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine before earning her masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego in 1992. Before becoming a college professor, she worked as a psychological assistant in private practice and experienced human development through the process of parenting two sons and a daughter.

KJ is currently enrolled in the Art of Spiritual Direction program through Loyola University with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.