Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The College of New Jersey

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Eric Klein
Eric Klein, PhD - Associate Dean
College of Liberal Arts


"I believe that the true goal of higher education is to help students develop critical thinking skills and a creative interest in our diverse work and life settings."
Dr. Eric Klein is an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. Dr. Klein started working at Ashford in 2012 as the Chair of the Psychology Program in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science. He later became the Chair for the Behavioral Sciences Department in 2013 before transitioning to the College of Liberal Arts in his current position. Prior to arriving at Ashford, he was a Staff Psychologist in the Counseling Center at Lehigh University, and also served as the Director of Alcohol, Substance Use, and Addiction Programs for Lehigh.

Dr. Klein earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Klein is actively involved in several professional and community organizations, as he currently serves on multiple committees for the American Psychological Association, and serves as on the Alcohol and Drug Services Advisory Board for San Diego County.

Dr. Klein’s favorite thing about working at Ashford is being able to work with such intelligent, dedicated, passionate, and supportive colleagues. His favorite hobby is playing golf, and is a diehard fan of the New York Jets.


Dr. Klein is very involved in research and scholarship. Since arriving at Ashford in 2012, Dr. Klein has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences on the topics of assessment, academic program review, learning communities, and other areas related to teaching and learning. While at Lehigh, Dr. Klein was the recipient of the Alfred Noble Robinson Award, which is awarded annually to one University staff or faculty member in recognition of outstanding performance in the service of the University and unusual promise of professional achievement. Dr. Klein also maintains a strong scholarly interest in the area of alcohol and drug misuse prevention, and authored his first book chapter in 2013 on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of substance-related disorders.

See Dr. Klein discuss Ashford's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program.


Drs. Stephen Brewer and Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professors, and Dr. Eric Klein, Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Health, Human Services, and Science have had a presentation proposal entitled “Learning Better Together: Outcomes Related to Motivation to Join an Online Learning Community” accepted as an Information Session to be presented at the 20th Annual Conference on Online Learning, held from October 29-31, 2014. The conference will be take place at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Dr. Eric Klein, Behavioral Sciences Department Chair in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science, and Jodi Feikema, Associate Faculty, presented Academic Program Review: An Evolution of the Process Based on Lessons Learned and Best Practices at the 2013 Sloan-C conference.