I aim to facilitate courses that students find worthy of their efforts and that prepares them for their future career.
Sonja Bethune, PsyD
Dr. Sonja Bethune is part of the core faculty in the Humanities & Science department that is part of the Division of General Education at Ashford University. Currently, her role here at Ashford University is to assist in mentoring and coaching associate faculty who teach the General Education Capstone course (GEN499). In addition, she also models best teaching practices when facilitating GEN499 courses.
Dr. Bethune earned a BA degree in Psychology and holds a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. She also earned a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology and is currently a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has over 18 years of experience in the field of psychology fulfilling various roles, such as a supervisor, trainer, director, educator, and therapist at various psychiatric hospitals, schools, and mental health clinics in Southern California. She also has several years of experience teaching online college courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the area of psychology. The courses she has most enjoyed teaching over the years is a graduate level course called Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology, and she has a keen interest in Forensic Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation, titled “When Sex Becomes Destructive,” focused on sexual disorders and other related issues such as the prevalence of sex addiction in the US. Her dissertation was presented at the California Psychological Association Annual Conference in 2001.
In 2014, Dr. Bethune co-authored and published a book titled Online Instructor Sanity: Tips and Tools to Bring Joy to Your Online World, which provides online instructors encouragement, guidance, and teaching strategies. In 2015, she co-published a journal article in the Online Learning: Official Journal of the Online Learning Consortium titled Implicit Bias and First Name Stereotypes: What Are the Implications for Online Instruction?, which we investigated whether there is a relationship between implicit bias toward race or ethnicity and student first names. Currently, her interests are being directed more towards the effects of social media on a person’s mental well-being.