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Atlanta's Eric Rodgers Named Graduate Student of the Year

Eric Rodgers, who is working toward a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta was recently named the 2018 Graduate Student of the Year. He received the award from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA).

Rodgers received his award at a luncheon during the LPCA-GA convention.

Atlanta's Kelli Ritter Receives Counselor Educator of the Year Award

Argosy University, Atlanta Faculty members Kelli Ritter received the 2018 Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA).

Ritter’s work focuses on child, adolescent and family counseling, wellness, courage and resilience. She is the founder and president of Effective Parenting, LLC.

Ritter received her commendation at the awards luncheon at the LPCA-GA convention.

Argosy University and Best Buy Announce Partnership to Advance Education and Training for Best Buy Employees

ORANGE, CALIF. (May 15, 2018) — Argosy University has partnered with Best Buy to offer its employees more ways to advance their education.

All full- and part-time Best Buy employees, regardless of how many hours they work and including seasonal employees, can receive a 20 percent savings on the tuition rate when they attend one of the programs offered at Argosy University. The partnership tuition rate will apply to eligible students who are employees of Best Buy and who apply to, are accepted to, and attend one of the undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Argosy University after January 1, 2018. Employees who are already enrolled at Argosy University are also eligible on classes moving forward. Additionally, Best Buy offers tuition assistance for employees who pursue higher education.

Argosy University (, with 26 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private, nonprofit academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Clinical Psychology, College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design and Western State College of Law at Argosy University.

Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in the areas of psychology, behavioral sciences, business, computer animation, counseling, and education.

“Argosy University is committed to advancing the education and training of today’s workforce,” said Argosy University Chancellor Dr. Cynthia Baum. “We are pleased to partner with Best Buy to make advancing education for their employees more affordable.”

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Twin Cities Dental Hygiene Team Participates in Jamaican Mission

A team from Argosy University, Twin Cities recently traveled to Jamaica to participate in the Tryall Fund Dental Mission in Hopewell. The group of 12 consisted of staff, students and grads of the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program and was the fifth dental mission that the school has undertaken.

The Argosy University group landed at Sangster International Airport then traveled to the Tryall Club where they were housed and hosted by Nanci Kraus, Mission Coordinator and Tryall Fund vice president. The entire team consisted of dental students and professionals from New York and from the University of West Indies Dental School, making a combined team of 18.

They staffed two clinics—one at the Tryall Club and one at Hopewell Deliverance Christian Church in Hopewell, Jamaica.  Over five days, they treated 803 patients—over half of whom were children. The patients ranged in age from 2 to 77 years of age. 

“The dental mission was a humbling, yet rewarding experience,” said Jennifer Williams, a 2018 program graduate. “I personally feel as though it helped strengthen my skills professionally and allowed me to garner experience with a different population.”

Nanci Kraus explained that dental care can be difficult for Jamaicans to find—and often there aren’t enough dentist to serve a community.  "Each time I lead a dental mission, I am humbled and in awe of the love, caring and professionalism of all who are involved,” she said. “Each person who participates gains the understanding of what it means to become a humanitarian. In Jamaica there is an expression - One Love. That week was One Love at its finest.”


Press Releases

The Counseling Department at Argosy University, Atlanta announces the following updates that become effective in fall 2018.

  • The Counseling Department will offer select classes in a 15-week, fully on-campus format.
  • PC6600 Career and Lifestyle Development will be offered on Tuesdays from 10 am - 1 pm.
  • PC6521 Research and Program Evaluation will be offered on Thursdays from 10 am - 1 pm.
  • The 15-week format will allow for more time to grasp the concepts and complete the coursework in some of the more challenging courses.

The university encourages students who could benefit from more face-to-face time with instructors for career or research to contact their student services advisor.

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In the news

  • Robert Eme, PhD, professor of clinical psychology, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Schaumburg recently published an article entitled “Sex differences in temperament: A partial explanation for the sex difference in the prevalence of serious antisocial behaviors” in the Aggression and Violent Behavior peer-reviewed journal.

    According to the article abstract, temperamental traits have long been understood to be important constructs for understanding normal and abnormal development. But their relevance to criminal justice has only recently been recognized. The paper explores how the sex difference in three temperamental dimensions contributed to the massive sex difference in the severest forms of antisocial behavior.

    The article is located in the publication’s, Volume 40, 2018, Pages 101-107, ISSN 1359-1789. Learn more here.

  • Western State College of Law at Argosy University Adjunct Professor John Ohashi was a guest on the radio show and podcast, Critical Mass for Business Radio Show Series, hosted by Richard Franzi, on March 20. Professor Ohashi discussed his career, including currently teaching Corporate Finance and Accounting for Lawyers at Western State College of Law.

  • Vicki Hallum, who in 2017 earned a BSN in Nursing from Argosy University, Dallas was recently named a D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award winner.

    According to D Magazine, nursing is a calling. The Excellence in Nursing Award commends those who are born with the gift of caregiving—and who use that kindness to make the city a better place. Candidates are chosen through a nomination process, which is described as an opportunity to publicly recognize a nurse who heals North Texans with skill and spirit.

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Alumni Success

Nicholas Grant, Ph.D.
2008, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California
Research Behavioral Health Assessor for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

“The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University provided me with the opportunity to continue working while studying the foundations of clinical psychology that offered flexible scheduling and a convenient location.”

Nationally Recognized Expert and Policy Consultant on LGBTQ Issues

Nicholas Grant is a first-generation college graduate who knew he’d never be labeled as a traditional student. He explored every option for his future and found that each path led him to psychology. He is a research behavioral health assessor for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, where works with the Suicide Care, Prevention & Research (CPR) Initiative, a psychological research lab of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. The Initiative focuses on research in military suicide prevention and emphasizes the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions and programs for service members and dependents.

He chose to attend Argosy University, Orange County because of its convenient location and flexible scheduling. “The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University provided me with the opportunity to continue working while studying the foundations of clinical psychology,” he said. Nicholas earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2008, gaining a foundation of knowledge in clinical practice and research methods.

During his studies, he was motivated to pursue specialized training in research and LGBTQ psychology. “I don’t think I would have been able to go on to enter a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, had I not had these early experiences,” he added. “The combined benefits of my education have allowed me to pursue both professional work and service in fields that matter the most to me, including working to benefit LGBTQ communities and working with the veteran and military populations.”

Now known as an expert on these topics, Nicholas was awarded a Presidential citation as a Citizen Psychologist from the current President of the American Psychological Association (APA).

His graduate training included a two-year term with the APA Graduate Student’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APAGS-CSOGD)—an organization with which he now serves as a mentor. He went on to become a member of the APA Health Equity Ambassador Program and now serves as the co-chair for the Public Policy Committee for APA’s Division 44, The Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Nicholas completed his clinical/research fellowship in the Veterans’ Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (SDVA)/University of California San Diego Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program focused on LGBTQ mental health. There, he served as the program manager for the nation’s only VA LGBT mental health program and helped to facilitate an “LGBT Expert” evidence-based certification for healthcare providers. Through his fellowship, Nicholas’ work became known to a broader audience and he was invited to take the lead on a textbook chapter on sexual and gender minority military personnel and veterans.

Additionally, he completed an APA William A. Bailey Health and Behavior Congressional Fellow, serving in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), where he assisted with the Senator’s military/veterans, healthcare, and LGBTQ legislative portfolios. Nicholas’ extensive background in LGBTQ psychology led him to become a subject matter expert for Senator Gillibrand’s office as they worked to protect the rights of transgender Americans to serve in the military.

Nicholas says that his studies at Argosy University built a strong foundation for his career—and that his instructors guided and supported him as he worked toward his master’s degree. “Dr. Bina Parekh, an associate professor, made the biggest impact on me,” he said. “I believe that my dedication to being a culturally component psychologist, devoted to growing and challenging myself in the areas of diversity and multicultural psychology, is due to the influence she had on me during this time.”

In addition to his work with the Suicide CPR Initiative, Nicholas is a member of the board of directors of the GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health care professionals.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Orange County, 601 S Lewis St, Orange, CA 92868. ©2018 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is

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