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Meet an Instructor Who Knows the Value of an Argosy Education

Dr. 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).

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Register for the Spring Virtual Psychology Research Conference

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).

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Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence


The 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.


Emotional Intelligence: Developing Strong People Skills 
Emotional Intelligence 
What Makes a Leader 
How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?
Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? 

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