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Alliant International University is a private, public-benefit independent university with six California locations in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The university also has a location in Mexico City and programs in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Alliant’s undergraduate and graduate students enroll in degree and credential programs in preparation for careers in business and technology, education, law and the behavioral and social sciences.

Our traditions of internationalism and multiculturalism are foundational to our public service mission. Alliant’s faculty are dedicated to professional education and training, applied scholarship, multicultural competence, and community service. This professional practice orientation is the basis of academic programs student support as well as other institutional activities including alliances with large corporations, management consulting activities at the School of Management and Leadership, and the School of Education’s work efforts to help teachers and children in the classroom. Alliant International University is home to the California School of Professional Psychology, the home to nine APA-accredited clinical psychology programs that continues its 50 year history of leadership in professional psychology education and training.

Alliant’s graduate and undergraduate students provide thousands of hours of community service annually, much of it to underserved populations, in the communities in which our campuses are located. Our faculty members conduct research in fields that are relevant and urgent including school violence, hate crimes, and child abuse, and trauma. We are committed to advancing fields of knowledge through the highest standards of excellence and academic rigor in our teaching and research.

Alliant International University differentiates itself from other institutions of higher through its:

  1. Excellent academic programs with an orientation toward preparing students for careers as professional practitioners;
  2. Outstanding faculty experienced in training people for professional practice roles in their respective disciplines;
  3. Commitment to inclusive excellence in program and activities;
  4. Preparing students for to make an impact in their communities; and
  5. A diverse student, faculty and staff with from different cultures and backgrounds.

Vision and Mission Statement

Our Mission: Alliant International University prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership, and promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world.

Our Vision: An inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

Alliant is committed to excellence in four areas:

1. Education for Professional Practice
Alliant’s educational programs are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and ethical values they need to serve and lead effectively in a variety of professional settings. Alliant graduates are expected to achieve mastery of a body of knowledge and be able to apply that knowledge in professional practice in order to achieve desired and beneficial outcomes.

2. Scholarship
Scholarship in the Alliant context includes the discovery of new knowledge; the discovery of new applications of knowledge to solve practical problems; the integration of knowledge in new ways; and innovation in teaching knowledge and professional competencies.

3. Multicultural and International Competence
Alliant is an inclusive institution committed to serving diverse populations around the world by preparing professionals to work effectively across cultural and national boundaries; by increasing the number of professionals working in underserved areas; and by understanding and responding to the needs of diverse communities.

4. Community Engagement
Alliant’s faculty, students, alumni and staff are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world through professional education and practice. We measure the success of our university in part by the impact we have, both directly and indirectly, on the welfare of individuals, families, organizations and communities.

Core Values

Our Institutional values are embodied in the mantra of IMPACT.

– Inclusion

We are committed to inclusive excellence; we value, include, and engage the rich diversity of the Alliant community.

M – Mentorship

We foster learning, provide guidance, and create enabling environments that contribute to the success of students, colleagues, and the University.

P – Passion

We bring our enthusiasm, creativity, and authentic selves to work each day.

– Accountability

We are responsible stewards of University time and resources, work with integrity, and embrace the highest of standards.

– Communication
We are responsive, transparent, and respectful in our communication.

T – Teamwork
We collaborate across all University domains to develop innovative and multifaceted solutions to student, organizational, and community needs.


Alliant International University was formed from the merger of three legacy institutions: San Francisco Law School founded in 1909, United States International University (USIU) founded in 1927, and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) founded in 1969. In 2001, USIU and CSPP merged, forming Alliant with San Francisco Law School (SFLS) joining in 2010. From 1909 through today, one constant among these institutions has been a legacy of empowerment and impact. We have kept the tradition of employing noteworthy faculty and graduating students dedicated to making a difference. Together they have impacted the world in a profound way.

Alliant’s history begins in 1909 when the San Francisco Law School first opened its doors in the Bay Area. SFLS was the first evening law program in the western United States and was among the first law schools to actively recruit women. SFLS continues to serve students who may not have the opportunity to pursue traditional legal education.  Former California Governor Edmund Pat Brown, former Lieutenant Governor Leo T. McCarthy, and former Undersecretary of the United States Department of Energy Joseph F. Salgado are graduates of the Law School.

In 1927, Leland Ghent Stanford chartered a private, graduate institution called Balboa Law College, the first law school in San Diego. Balboa Law College expanded undergraduate and graduate studies in new disciplines, beginning with the Department of Accounting in 1945 and changed its name to Balboa University. In 1952, Balboa University was renamed again to California Western University and relocated to Point Loma, west of downtown San Diego.

In 1968, the undergraduate and graduate programs moved to the current location in Scripps Ranch in northeast San Diego and changed its name to United States International University (USIU). During the 1970s, USIU became a center for humanistic psychology with a faculty that included Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, and Victor Frankl. Igor Ansoff, one of the founders of the field of strategic management, was also a long-time faculty member.

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) was founded in 1969 by the California Psychological Association to train doctoral level psychologists who matched the diversity of California residents. CSPP was one of the first free-standing schools of professional psychology in the nation. At the time, most clinical psychologists were trained in research universities. CSPP took an innovative approach of classroom learning integrated with application of knowledge in a variety of field placements, a departure from the prevalent focus on theory and research. Founding President, Dr. Nicholas Cummings, was later president of the American Psychological Association.

The first CSPP schools began instruction in September 1970, on the Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses. Later CSPP opened programs in San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Irvine, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Mexico. At the turn of the millennium, CSPP renamed itself Alliant University when all CSPP campuses merged under one WASC accreditation.

In 2001, USIU and CSPP merged and renamed the institution Alliant International University. In 2010, the San Francisco Law School merged with Alliant, and because of this new partnership, in 2014, SFLS extended its reach and started a program at Alliant’s San Diego campus.

In 2015, Alliant International University transitioned to a benefit corporation structure that enables the university to attract capital investments to further enhance program offerings, technology, student services and student outcomes while retaining a primary commitment to Alliant’s social benefit mission of education and professional training. That year also saw the creation of the Alliant Educational Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization that operates in coordination the university. The foundation oversees scholarships, donations, grants, contracts, research and clinical training, and professional service centers affiliated with the university.

Today, Alliant is comprised of five schools, California School of Professional Psychology, California School of Education, California School of Management and Leadership, California School of Forensic Studies, and San Francisco Law School, and has locations in six California cities San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, and Irvine, and three international locations Tokyo, Hong Kong, and St. Luke Medical School in Mexico City. Alliant is also proud to offer a variety of accredited online programs in education, business, and psychology.

Professional Practice Competencies

To achieve its vision as a professional practice university, Alliant has adopted a set of professional practice competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) that all students should master at levels appropriate to their degree programs. These competencies must be learned and practiced in the context of Alliant’s core values. The competencies were based on existing core competencies and student learning outcomes in Alliant schools and programs, and on an evaluation of competencies necessary for professional practice in communities around the world.

The Alliant Professional Practice Competencies are organized as A(lliant) IMPACT:

– A discipline-specific body of knowledge and research/scholarship

Students master a discipline-specific body of knowledge and gain competency in research/scholarship at levels appropriate to their degree programs.

I – Insight into the context of practice

Students place issues or problems encountered in their professions in their appropriate and relevant contexts.

– Multicultural/inter-national competence (I-MERIT)

Students have an awareness of, respect for, and curiosity about multicultural and international similarities and differences; knowledge of frameworks for exploring the similarities and differences; and skills in applying the frameworks in interpersonal and professional contexts.

P – Professional literacies

Students achieve language literacy, data literacy, information literacy, and organization/community (systems) literacy at the appropriate educational/ professional level.

– Application of knowledge and research/scholarship in new ways

Students possess the reflective abilities skills to connect theories and research/ scholarship to immediate issues in professional practice and the skills to apply appropriate models, strategies and interventions in new ways.

C – Conduct, judgment, dispositions and ethics

Students demonstrate ethical conduct in all aspects of personal interactions and professional practice.

T – Team-based and multidisciplinary approaches

Students collaborate with other professionals or teams, integrating information and implementing knowledge across disciplines and domains to develop creative, multi-faceted responses to community needs.

Each program at Alliant aligns these overarching University competencies with its program-specific and discipline-specific competencies or student learning outcomes appropriate to the program degree level.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Inclusive Excellence

Alliant International University welcomes a student body, faculty and staff population, and guests who represent a wide range of identities and backgrounds; at the core of who we are as an institution is the commitment to ensuring that all feel valued and respected. Inclusive excellence indicates that all students, faculty, and staff can excel in a safe and inclusive learning environment where they can develop and thrive without having to compromise important aspects of their identity, and that diversity and inclusion are proactively embedded throughout the university as a foundation for its success. Inclusive excellence means that knowledge, mastery, achievement, and success are distributed equitably across all students and members of the university, and that diversity and inclusion are systematically leveraged to catalyze student learning, educational excellence, and institutional excellence.


I-MERIT (International and Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training) was created in 2005 to connect and advance further the work of Alliant’s two legacy institutions in the areas of multicultural and international education.

I-MERIT partners with all sectors of Alliant International University to create a multicultural and globally responsive university. I-MERIT’s four goals are:

  1. Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations: Alliant International University develops and sustains a climate of inclusion where individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities, and life experiences are welcomed, valued, and supported in their learning and working environments. Alliant creates an environment where community members feel safe, experience a sense of belonging, and an overall positive satisfaction in their experience. Community members will also feel they have adequate resources to bravely report bias incidents. Members of departments will feel comfortable in collaborating and remaining transparent with other departments and the student population.
  2. Access and Retention: Alliant International University will intentionally attract and retain a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, with reflective and deliberate attention to individual community needs.
  3. Institutional Systems & Structure: Alliant International University commits and establishes committed initiatives, dedicates resources, and intentionally acts to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity at all institutional levels.
  4. Education, Scholarship & Research: All students graduate with the ability to apply principles of cultural competency and inclusive awareness including in developing and implementing interventions aimed at addressing community inequities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are more seamlessly integrated throughout and across curricula. Discussions are led by faculty and TAs capable of effectively facilitating dialogue on challenging topics and diverse perspectives.

Many Alliant faculty are national or global experts in multicultural and/or international issues in psychology, education, business and management, and related fields. All Alliant academic programs include attention to developing students’ international and multicultural responsiveness, so that students gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills that will prepare them to work effectively with diverse populations, including traditionally underserved and marginalized populations, throughout the world.

University’s Self-Evaluation Process (Program Improvements)

Alliant is committed to program improvement through external and internal review.  Professional, governmental and other accrediting organizations engage in cyclical program-based review to ensure organizational- or agency-developed standards are met.

As part of professional accreditation processes, a program may establish an improvement plan or make changes to improve program outcomes.  More information on changes currently being made to improve the program, if any are underway, may be available from the Program Director.

University Program Review Process

A University Program Review process ensures programs consistently assessed and revised as needed. The overarching purpose of Alliant’s Program Review process is to ensure that programs take a planned and thoughtful approach to quality enhancement and improving student learning and student success. The process is designed to promote:

  1. Alignment of the program with the School and university mission;
  2. Program self-reflection, planning and change, based on determined strengths, weaknesses and data;
  3. Program modifications and enhancements leading to improved student success and programs that respond to the needs of employers and the profession;
  4. Improved assessment practices;
  5. Consistent incorporation of key data and performance indicators into Program decision making; and
  6. Overall Program quality.

Intensive Reviews

Programs undergo Intensive Review every 6-7 years; these reviews may include specialty accreditation program reviews.

As part of the Intensive Review process, programs submit self-evaluations addressing institutional standards and guidelines.  Program reviewers provide evaluation reports program strengths and areas for improvement.  The programs then address any areas for improvement, working closely with the School Dean.

Changes made in the program curricula to improve the programs appear in a subsequent Alliant catalog.


Alliant International University has California locations in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Alliant has a location in Mexico City, maintains programs in Tokyo and Hong Kong and also offers distance learning programs.

Instruction may be provided on-ground, online or in hybrid modalities, and varies by program. For on-ground programs, instruction is primarily provided at one of the campus locations; however, some instructional activities may take place off campus at a location appropriate for the particular activity, including, but not limited to, online courses or online portion of courses, internships, practicums, or field placement activities.

San Diego (includes President’s and Provost’s Office)
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131-1799
(858) 271-4300

Alliant’s San Diego campus is located in the north-east quadrant of the city in Scripps Ranch suburb, about ten miles east of the ocean and fifteen miles northeast of downtown. The campus has multiple classroom buildings, one large lecture hall, the University Student Center, and offsite student housing. The buildings also contain conference rooms, two computer labs, video conferencing facilities, WiFi across the campus and plenty of places to study alone or in small groups. In the middle of the campus is the Walter Library, home to the San Diego circulating and reference collection.

5130 East Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727-2014
(559) 456-2777

Alliant’s Fresno Campus is located in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The Fresno campus has a variety of classrooms, which include computer labs, and a teaching computer classroom. Classroom resources include computers with online access, video equipment, scanners, and statistical and data processing facilities. A library is also located on campus.

Jamboree Business Center
2855 Michelle Drive, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 833-2651

Alliant’s Irvine campus is located in Orange County, which lies between Los Angeles and San Diego. The campus has five classrooms, a conference room, a student lounge, a computer lab, a cross-cultural room and an information resource center. The Irvine Library houses a collection of books focusing on the subjects of clinical and forensic psychology, family therapy, education and multiculturalism. It also has computer stations, printing, and study space available for student use. All classrooms are equipped with smart TVs and WiFi connectivity is available.

Los Angeles
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 5, Bldg 7/8
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 284-2777

Alliant’s Los Angeles campus is located in Alhambra, in the western San Gabriel region of Los Angeles County. The campus houses a variety of classrooms, including an integrated computer classroom, a computer laboratory, group study spaces, one faculty lounge, and a student lounge. All classrooms are equipped for multimedia and web conferencing WiFi connectivity available throughout the campus. The campus library is located adjacent to the classrooms.

2030 W. El Camino Ave., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 565-2955

Alliant’s Sacramento campus is located in California’s capital. The campus occupies multiple classrooms, space for student/faculty research, and student service delivery points in addition to the library. Many classrooms are equipped with projection screens, as well as WiFi connectivity.

San Francisco Bay Area
1475 66th St. Suite 104,
Emeryville, CA 94608
(415) 955-2100

Alliant’s San Francisco campus Bay Area campus is located in Emeryville in the East Bay. The campus houses classrooms, a student lounge area, and a computer lab. The Hurwich Library offers psychology and education collections, and classrooms are equipped with video equipment WiFi is available on campus.

Mexico City – Alliant St. Luke Medical School
Sierra Mojada #415, Esq. Sierra Candela,
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, C.P. 11000, México D.F.

CSPP Japan Master’s Program
6-14-3 Soto Kanda
Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Japan 101-0021

Hong Kong
School of Continuing and Professional Education
at City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon, Hong Kong


Institutional Accreditation

Alliant International University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission can be contacted at:
WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001

Program-specific Accreditation and Approval

Many Alliant programs are further accredited and/or approved by agencies specific to their professions. These include:

Education and Teaching

The Arizona Teaching Certification programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. The Arizona State Board of Education can be contacted at:
1700 W. Washington Street Executive Tower, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5057

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approves credential programs offered by Alliant’s California School of Education. The Commission can be contacted at:
1900 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (888) 921-2682

Psychology and Mental Health

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Questions related to a program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:

The Marital and Family Therapy master’s and doctoral programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Commission can be contacted at:
112 S Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-9808 / Email:

Management and Leadership

Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its PhD in Leadership, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), MBA, MS in Data Analytics, and BS in Business Administration (BSBA) degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML’s programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world. ACBSP can be contacted at:
11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: (913) 339-9356


San Francisco Law School has been accredited continuously since 1937 by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Graduates of the Law School are eligible to practice law in the State of California upon passage of the California Bar Examination. Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements. Detailed California Bar Examination pass results are available at the State Bar of California’s Bar Examination “Statistics” page. The State Bar of California can be reached at:
180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA  94105
Phone: (415) 538-2000

Partnerships & Affiliations

At Alliant International University, we believe in fostering partnerships that help match the needs of businesses with the skills, talents, and expertise of our faculty and students.

We specialize in establishing educational alliances that enrich learning, improve existing training, and help organizations meet their education and consultation goals. Through an Alliant partnership, organizations will benefit from access to a broad talent base across a variety of disciplines.

Current partners:

  • Altus Schools
  • Alpha Public School
  • American Indian Model Schools
  • Amethod Public Schools
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • Bay Area Organization Development Network
  • Caliber Schools
  • California Association of School Psychologists (CASP)
  • Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
  • Converse International School of Languages
  • Del Mar Union School District
  • Diocese of San Diego, Office for Schools
  • EC English Language Centres, US
  • Education for Change Public Schools
  • Elk Grove Unified School District
  • EnCORPS STEM Teachers Program
  • English Language Institute, UCSD Extension
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools
  • Language Studies International
  • Learn4Life
  • Los Angeles Association of School Psychologists (LAASP)
  • Making Waves Academy
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Orange County Association of School Psychologists (OCASP)
  • Psi Chi National Association
  • Sacramento Valley Psychologists Association
  • San Diego County Association of School Psychologists
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Stafford House International
  • Telecare SOAR
  • Therapy Travelers
  • Vatel USA

For additional information and contacts, please visit

Consumer Information

Alliant is committed to providing clear and accurate information to all prospective and current students. In pursuit of this goal, and in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Alliant has created a Consumer Information webpage, which can be found at The Consumer Information page presents a variety of policies, procedures, and other important information and disclosures for prospective/current students, parents, employees, and the public. Please note that due to the evolving nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines, the information contained on the Consumer Information page is subject to change.

Bankruptcy Statement

Alliant does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 22 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (22 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.).

Institutional Authority

Alliant International University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any student who violates University policies and procedures or applicable local, state, or federal laws.

Violations of University Policies and Procedures

Alliant International University has developed policies and procedures to comply with accreditation standards and applicable regulations. Violations will subject students to disciplinary action and sanctions up to and including dismissal from the university.

Violations of Law

Violations of federal, state, and local laws are incorporated as offenses under the Student Code of Conduct. When an offense occurs over which the University has institutional authority, the University conduct process will usually go forward notwithstanding any criminal charges that may arise from the same incident. Should a student withdraw from the university when criminal charges are made, it is the typical practice of the University to pursue investigation and resolution of conduct matters, regardless of whether the student has withdrawn or not.

When criminal charges are pending, the University may be delayed or prevented from conducting its own investigation, and moving forward with a hearing. In such cases, the University will delay its hearing until it can conduct an internal investigation or obtain from law enforcement sufficient information upon which to proceed.


Arist Education System LLC is a Delaware limited liability company whose duration is perpetual. Arist owns 100% of Alliant’s outstanding common and preferred stock.

Governance and Management

Alliant is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board delegates day-to-day management responsibility to the President.

The President is supported by a Steering Committee that includes: Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, COO, Chief Financial Officer and Senior VP, Vice President for Marketing, Vice President for Student Affairs, General Council/Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Director of Systemwide Human Resources and Employee Relations, Chief Information Officer, Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Faculty Senate Chair and Staff Council Chair.

Alliant is comprised of five Schools: The California School of Professional Psychology, the California School of Education, the California School of Management and Leadership, the California School of Forensic Studies and the San Francisco Law School. Each academic division is led by a Dean or other senior administrator who reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Alliant locations are served by a Director of Campus Services (DCS), or other administrative leadership. The DCSs are charged with providing leadership and guidance for the campus community, coordinating campus activities, and overseeing student services and basic campus functions.

At each location, the core faculty members are organized into a Faculty Assembly responsible for advisement on academic policy development and faculty welfare. There is also a system-wide Faculty Senate with representatives from each location. Faculty are directly involved in all aspects of academic programs including student recruitment, selection, monitoring, evaluation, curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and performance monitoring.

Policy recommendations often originate from standing and ad hoc committees of faculty, staff and/or student representatives. Alliant’s Staff Council represents the voice of staff in institutional decision making. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents all students. The Association is a self-governing body involved in developing an effective student role in institutional life, student welfare, and the quality of education.

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees are:

Joyce Berenstein

William Husson, PhD

William Hynes, PhD

Jeffrey Keith (chair)

Ron Longinotti

James Lyons, PhD

Lawrence Moore, PhD

Natalie Porter, PhD

Andy Vaughn, MSEd

Systemwide Administration

Office of the President

Andy Vaughn, MSEd
President and Chief Executive Officer
San Diego

Afshin Afrookhteh, PhD, JD
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
San Diego

Josh Blazer
Chief Information Officer
San Diego

Melissa Rothmeyer
Interim Director, Systemwide Human Resources and Employee Relations
San Diego

Amber Eckert, MEd
Vice President of Student Affairs
San Diego

Amy Kwiatkowski, MAOM
Chief Operations Officer
San Diego

Dominica Ranieri, MBA
Associate Director, Inclusive Excellence Initiative (I-MERIT)
San Diego

Christoph Winter, MS, ACCA, CBA, CIA
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
San Diego

Office of the Provost

Tracy L. Heller, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
San Diego

Patty Mullen
Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Accreditation Liaison Officer to WASC Senior College and University Commission
San Francisco Bay Area

Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, PCI
Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships


Kristy Pruitt, EdD
Dean – California School of Education (CSOE)
San Diego

Diana Concannon, PsyD
Dean – California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS)

Rachna Kumar, PhD
Dean – California School of Management and Leadership (CSML)
San Diego

Dalia Ducker, PhD
Dean – California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)
San Francisco Bay Area

Debra Kawahara, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs – California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)
San Diego

Stephanie Wood, PhD
Associate Dean for Training and Administration – California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)
San Francisco

Timothy Weimer
Dean – San Francisco Law School (SFLS)
San Francisco Bay Area

Student Service Administration

Becky Akello, MA
Associate Director, Career Services
San Diego

Ashley Carter, MS
Associate Vice President of Student Engagement

Angela Erdman, MBA
Associate Vice President of Student Engagement (Online)
Director, Student Learning Support Services

Richard Gardner
Director, Student Learning Support Services

Michelle Jackson, MBA
Senior Director of Student Advising Services

Lionel Remesha, MIBA
Associate Director, International Student Services
San Diego

Deborah Spindler
University Director, Student Financial Services
San Diego

Michael Sulger
University Director of Student Business Services
San Diego

Paul Welch
University Registrar
San Diego

Scott Zimmer, MLS, JD
University Librarian
San Diego

On-Site Administration

Gabriel Prendez
Director, Campus and Student Services

Debra Bekerian, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD Program, CSPP

Ya-Shu Liang, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, CSPP

David Paul, PhD
Systemwide Program Director, Clinical Counseling, CSPP

Lynne Valek, PhD
Program Director, Organizational Psychology, CSPP

Louise Colbert-Mar
Director, Library Services

Nicole Camaras, MA
Director, Campus and Student Services

Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD
Systemwide Program Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Raji Natrajan-Tyagi, PhD
Branch Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Scott Zimmer, MLS, JD
Director, Library Services

Los Angeles
Stephanie Byers-Bell
Regional Director of Campus and Student Services

Molly Burrets, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD Program, CSPP

Erin O’Callaghan, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Erin Draper, MLS
Director, Library Services

Kimberly Gardner, MS
​Director, Campus and Student Services

Kristen Bahler

San Diego
Carolyn Allard, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD, CSPP

Dawn Griffin, PhD
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology, CSPP

Jose Hernandez, MA
Director, Campus and Student Services

Kenneth Kelch, EdD
Systemwide Program Director, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Language Education, CSOE

Mojgan Khademi, PsyD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Cassondra Lochard, PhD
Program Director, Undergraduate General Education

Saba Ozyurt, PhD
Program Director, Undergraduate Business and Management Programs and MBA, CSML

Chris Pilkington, EdD
Program Director, Education Leadership and Management, and Interim Program Director, Teacher Education, CSOE

Huiyu Qian, PhD
Program Director, DBA and PhD in Leadership Programs, CSML

Aaron Wester, PhD
Program Director, MS in Data Analytics Program, CSML

Scott R. Woolley, PhD
Branch Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Scott Zimmer, MLS, JD
Director, Library Services

San Francisco
Rudy Torres, MBA
Director of Campus Services

Valata Jenkins-Monroe, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Diane Zelman, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD, CSPP

Dean Jones, MLS
Director, Library Services


Grant Gordon
Campus Director, Online Campus

Chris Pilkington, EdD
Interim Program Director, Teacher Education and MAE in Teaching, CSOE

Tamara Andersen, EdD
Director of Special Education, CSOE

Evangeline Akridge, PsyD, LEP
Systemwide Program Director, School Psychology and School Counseling, CSOE

James Adams, PsyD, ABSNP
Systemwide Program Director, Educational Psychology, CSOE


Nahoko Nishizawa, PsyD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology MA Japan, CSPP