Welcome to our latest installment of #FacultyFriday, where we feature a different faculty member each week.
Please give a warm welcome to Dr. James Cephas to our department of psychology. Dr. Cephas joins the ranks of academia after serving successfully for several years as a psychologist with the California state prison system. His training and real-world experience in the area of counseling and clinical psychology will bring strength to this dimension of the psychology curriculum. Dr. Cephas’s counseling and advocacy experience includes children, adolescents, and adults. He is also very interested in the multicultural aspects of social and psychological development, and in issues of social justice.
Name: Dr. James Cephas
Title: Clinical psychology professor
Faculty since: July 1, 2017
Classes taught at PUC: General Psychology, Psychology of Personality, American Social Problems, Psychological Testing
Education: Psy.D. with an emphasis in multicultural community, from Alliant International University, 2012; M.A. in clinical psychology, from Alliant International University, 2010; B.A. in human services, from California State University, Fullerton, 2003
What made you decide to be a teacher?
Honestly, my daughter. She asked me to apply. I have a diverse background and working in the field allows me to share my knowledge and experience while leading and broadening my experience.
What are some of your hobbies?
Hiking, camping, fishing, snorkeling, music (praise and worship), art, therapy
What is something people might be surprised to know about you?
I was born in the first state of the United States. (Figure that one out!)
What are you looking forward to the most about teaching at PUC?
After the first week of classes? A vacation! Lol. Becoming a part of the family. Growing into a better professor.
So far, what’s been your favorite thing about PUC?
An amazing group of young people, the beauty of the surroundings, the awesome administration team that has been eager to assist, and the amazing staff and faculty members.