Meet an Instructor Who Knows the Value of an Argosy Education

by Argosy University 31 March 2014

Lisa FailleDr. Lisa Faille is a licensed psychologist and experienced instructor who has taught psychology for over a decade, both online and in campus classrooms. Currently, Dr. Faille is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program at Argosy University, Online Programs, where she has been since 2008.

“I have wanted to teach as long as I can remember. I am passionate about expanding someone’s views and opening up students’ eyes not just to new perspectives, but also to new ways of thinking,” she says.

In her work at Argosy University, she is proud to be affiliated with an organization that makes online education available for so many talented students. “I am so inspired by my students every day,” she explains, adding, “The students who overcome the biggest challenges are the most memorable, and I am fortunate to have been able to teach them – and learn from them!

In addition to being an instructor, Dr. Faille works closely with all Psychology doctoral students as the College of Behavioral Sciences dissertation chair and committee member, where she is grateful for the role she plays in shaping future researchers.

Dr. Faille’s academic background includes an MA in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. During her doctoral program, she completed practicums at the San Francisco County Jail and Oakland’s Family Violence Institute. For her American Psychological Association accredited internship, she worked at a forensic psychiatric hospital and later completed a post-doctoral fellowship in adolescent forensics in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.

Her professional experience includes working as a therapist for violent and sexual offenders in juvenile and adult correctional facilities providing cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychological assessments. In recent years, Dr. Faille co-authored an article on screening for adolescent suicidality/homicidality as well as a chapter on the prevention and treatment of violence, published in the book Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications.

In addition to being an Argosy University, Online Programs instructor, Dr. Faille is also an alumni, having earned a Master of Public Health in 2013 as part of her desire to understand and study violence as a public health issue. “I know the value of an Argosy program first hand since I am a recent graduate,” she said. “I can personally attest to the quality of the course content and all that one can learn from it.”

Both as an alumnus and as an instructor, Dr. Faille sees great value in education. “Earning a graduate degree is hard work, but it is worth is more than anything,” says Dr. Faille. “Remember, once you have your degree, you will have it forever. Earning my graduate degrees was the best professional decision I ever made.”


Clair, M., Faille, L., & Penn, V. P. (2009). Prevention and treatment of violence. In C.J. Ferguson (Ed.), Violent crime: Clinical and social implications. New York: Sage.

Faille, L., Clair, M., & Penn, J. (2007). Special risk management issues in child and adolescent psychiatry. Psychiatric Times, 24(8).

Faille, Lisa (2006) Performance on a brain-plasticity-based memory-training computer program for the elderly as influenced by cognitive functioning and gender. Ph.D. dissertation, California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University, San Francisco. Retrieved November 26, 2007, from ProQuest Digital Dissertations database. (Publication No. AAT 3255967).

Register for the Spring Virtual Psychology Research Conference

by Argosy University 28 March 2014

Psychology Club LogoAll Argosy University students attending classes at any of our campuses or online are invited to join us for the Spring 2014 Virtual Psychology Research Conference on April 11, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET!

The conference will feature two keynote addresses, and current research by four Argosy University graduate students.

Schedule of Events*

12:00 pm: Welcome from Dr. Collins-Jones, Assistant Dean, College of Behavioral Sciences, Argosy University, Online Programs

12:15pm - 1:00pm: Understanding and Identifying Metacognitive Skills to Facilitate Student Retention and Academic Success, Presentation by Dr. Katherine Pang, Adjunct Faculty Member, Argosy University, Online Programs

1:00pm -2:00pm: Poster sessions: 4 Argosy University graduate students will present their doctoral research. Listen to a brief (10 minute) presentation from each and then interact with the presenters.

2:00pm - 2:45pm: Gambling Disorder: Pennsylvania and Beyond, Presentation by Dr. Kenneth Martz, Adjunct Faculty Member, Argosy University, Online Programs

2:45pm -3:00pm: Closing remarks by Dr. Collins-Jones

How to Sign Up

Register today at! After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. All attendees will also be entered in drawings for six Argosy University prizes!

*All events are based on Eastern Time (ET).

Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence

by Argosy University 26 March 2014

Emotional IntelligenceThe term Emotional Intelligence (EI) was created by John Mayer and Peter Salovey in an attempt to quantify how emotions, emotional control and social skills contribute to success. As a new measurement and type of intelligence, it has come under some scrutiny from the academic community but is generally accepted as a skill that can be taught. The link between emotional intelligence and leadership has been fairly well-established, so developing your skills in this area can give you a leg up as a leader.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize your emotions, understand how they make you react and harness those reactions for the best results. It also refers to your ability to recognize others' emotions and elicit a desired reaction. For example, many people struggle to motivate others, while some seem to have an innate ability to inspire the best efforts of those around them. These inspirational leaders have high emotional intelligence.

What Can Increased Emotional Intelligence Do for You?

According to Goleman, author of Focus: A Hidden Driver of Excellence, the major difference between highly effective senior management and merely average management professionals can be pinpointed as emotional intelligence. After all, their profiles tend to be identical except in areas surrounding EI. The psychology of leadership requires excellent managers to be able to recognize and respond to the emotional currents around them. They also must be able to control their own reactions to make the right decision.

Do you Have High Emotional Intelligence?

To judge your own level of emotional intelligence, ask yourself these questions:
• Do I enjoy meeting new people?
• Am I easily distracted?
• Can I identify stress factors and my own emotions?
• Do I read facial expressions well?
• Am I intuitive?

These are just a few indicators of emotional intelligence. Self-awareness, motivation, self-regulation, social skills and empathy form the core of EI. If you answered yes to all of these questions, chances are you have high emotional intelligence. For most people, there are areas of strength and weakness. For example, someone who is very empathetic might not be very focused. Someone who is easily distracted might be very engaged with others socially.

Can You Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Yes, like any skill, you can learn to apply emotional intelligence more freely to situations. Everyone has some emotional intelligence, the trick is to identify areas where you area weak and work to improve them. If meeting new people is nerve-wracking, put yourself in situations designed to push past your comfort zone. By practicing the skills of emotional intelligence, you expand your ability to control both your own emotions and the emotions of those around you.

Interested in pursuing a career in psychology? Explore our College of Behavioral Sciences.


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Meet Dr. Grayson Kimball: Author, Instructor and Sport Psychology Coach

by Argosy University 24 March 2014

Grayson KimballDr. Grayson Kimball is a man of many titles. He is an author, a long distance runner, a sport psychology consultant certified with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and an Associate Professor in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University, Online Programs.

As an instructor and sport psychology coach, his greatest reward is witnessing the “ah-ha!” moments. It’s seeing an athlete apply what they’ve learned to their everyday routines or notice the first improvements in their mindset and performance. It’s when students who struggle at first “through their own hard work then achieve a level of academic success that surprises them.” Sometimes, it’s even introducing undergraduate students to sports psychology, only to have them decide to pursue an advanced degree and career in the field.

As a sport psychology consultant in the Boston area, Dr. Kimball owns and manages GTK Sports. In the past 10 years, he has built up his reputation and expertise working with athletes of all ages and ability – ranging from novice youth to professional and Olympic level athletes. In his practice, he teaches clients how to develop the mental toughness they need to maximize their performance and realize their full potential, focusing on areas such as:

• Goal-setting
• Concentration
• Imagery & Visualization
• Relaxation & Stress Management
• Self-Confidence
• Motivation
• Self-talk & Positive Thinking
• Flow

Although he mentors athletes from a full line-up of sports, Dr. Kimball’s greatest passion is running. In addition to personally completing six marathons, he’s coached several marathon teams and is currently working with one of the 2014 Boston Marathon Charity Teams. Over the years, he’s noticed that despite how critical mental focus is to persistence, psychological conditioning is often overlooked in the world of marathon training.

A long-time Grateful Dead fan, Dr. Kimball believes that music can help runners to stay in the moment. “Throughout all my training, the Dead would get me from start to finish. As I would listen to the lyrics, I began realizing how some of them were specific to running and mental discipline,” he explains. “The song ‘Fire on the Mountain’ begins with the line ‘long distance runner what you standing there for?’ - If ever a lyric spoke to a runner, this was it.

Inspired by his love for music and the value he could provide to runners who wished to complete those grueling 26.2 miles, Dr. Kimball wrote Grateful Running: Mental Training for the Long Distance Runner, publishing the book in 2011. Each chapter relates a specific lyric to a mental skill that can be incorporated into marathon training.

He says, “The strategies are designed to help the reader develop an internal motivation, maintain a realistic positive attitude, handle adversity, and create a mindset to help them achieve peak performance on marathon day.” In addition, he encourages the reader to consider how these strategies could apply beyond running to be used in their personal lives.

Learn more about Dr. Kimball’s book.

Leadership Lessons from 3 Famous Females

by Argosy University 18 March 2014

Female leadersIt’s surprising to remember that women have had the legal right to vote in the United States for less than a century. In fact, not until the 19th amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 did women have any legally recognized voice in American society. Despite this, women have had an enormous impact on the direction of the United States, and much can be learned from the female leaders of today and yesterday. The following are a few of the most important and inspiring females of the past few decades, and what we can learn from them.

Lesson #1: Anyone can change the world.

You don't have to be an elected official to be the source of a major social movement. Rosa Parks had more than just her gender working against her when she defiantly sat in the front of the bus during that cold Alabama winter. As an African American Woman, Rosa Parks had to overcome not only the bias against her gender, but she had to defy the racism and racial expectations that were imposed on her by society. Despite these difficulties, Rosa's bravery was a lightning rod for the civil rights movement of the 1950s.

Lesson #2: Define who you are.

Society is constantly trying to impose on us a standardized model for us to follow in our lives, regardless of where we stand on the socioeconomic ladder. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first First Lady who had her own public agenda, and was the first to have her own press conferences. Eleanor taught us that we do not have to be defined by the roles imposed on us, and gave us a very public view of exactly what the role of a woman could be within the family unit. Eleanor's work on human rights still has an affect on the world today.

Lesson #3: Know what you want and don't let anyone stop you.

There will always be people telling you that what you want to achieve is crazy. Once you start to actually achieve your goals, these voices will only get louder. Hillary Clinton is arguably the most successful female US politician in history. In addition to her healthcare agenda as First Lady during her husband Bill Clinton's two terms, Hillary became the Senator of New York, Secretary of State, and is poised to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Despite her many naysayers, Hillary has shown Americans, and the world, what is possible when you work hard and ignore everyone who tells you that what you want to accomplish is impossible.