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Spotlight on Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology – Argosy University, Dallas

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The Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Dallas offers a variety of experiences beyond just getting your education. We have an official mascot – Underdog. Why - because in our field we often support those who have very unique needs and are often seen as the expected loser in a legal issue. We wear the cape with pride.

This program teaches more than just the behavior expected of criminals. We teach why those behaviors may become criminal behaviors and we use a multidimensional approach to understanding forensic psychology. Here are a few of the important components of our program:

We offer a Field Placement to students who attend on campus in the blended format. We offer comprehensive Examination Preparation Workshops.

Our graduates work in a variety of fields including Juvenile and Adult Probation, local police departments, recovery agencies, court ordered treatment agencies, and the criminal justice field. Some of our graduates go on to doctoral programs.

Dr. Debbra Jennings is the Chair of the program and teaches several of the courses. She brings years of experience in evaluation and intervention, program development, and teaching. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology-Law Division – Division 41 of the American Psychological Association, the Dallas Forensic Group, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Come see what we are all about. Visit a class to experience the energy. Dr. Jennings can be reached through her email at Dkjennings@argosy.edu.


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, 5001 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Heritage Square, Dallas, TX 75244 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.
See https://www.argosy.edu/locations/dallas/counseling-psychology-and-social-sciences-4/master-of-arts-in-forensic-psychology for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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For Therapist and Argosy Alum Andrea Markum, Loss Inspired a New Life and Career

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When Andrea Markum’s father passed away in 2012, she had no way of knowing how her life—and her career—were about to change.

During her father’s final days, Markum met a hospice counselor who helped him, and the family, face the inevitable.

“While the counselor couldn’t change the outcome, he could—and did—change the process for all of us, especially for my father,” recalls Markum. “He created a space that made it possible for my father forgive and make peace, talk about his life and his feelings in ways he never had before, and accept what was to come. He was incredibly compassionate and helpful in supporting our family through a painful time of transition and loss.”

That experience inspired Markum to reevaluate her life and her career. After ten years in healthcare operations management, she took a leave of absence to catch her breath and assess her priorities.

“I realized that I no longer wanted corporate profitability to be the measure of my success,” Markum remembers. “Coming in under budget was no longer enough. It was time to start focusing on people instead of numbers. I wanted to do work that felt meaningful and significant. One of my favorite parts of previous jobs had been coaching and supporting employees to grow and become their best, so I began exploring what it would take to do that professionally.”

Markum, who lives in Atlanta, already held a B.A. in Business Administration from Saint Paul’s College and an M.A. in Health Service Administration from Strayer University. Once she made the commitment to return to college to pursue her master’s degree in counseling, she researched her options and chose Argosy University.

“Argosy was a perfect fit for me,” says Markum. “It had been a while since I attended college, so the fact there were so many other adult learners on campus was appealing. I didn’t want to feel like the ‘old person’ in the room. The combination of day, evening, and online classes was also very helpful. The flexibility of scheduling made it easy for me to get the classes I needed and to keep moving forward.”

Markum earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Atlanta in August of 2015. In addition to her work as a therapist at Wellspring Counseling Center in Roswell, Georgia, Markum is operations manager of Thr3e Generations Anger Management & Life Skills Center, which she co-founded with her son, Charles. She is also director of operations of Monumental Men, Inc., an organization committed to helping men develop healthy coping mechanisms and communicate more effectively.

Twice a month, Markum co-hosts a radio talk show on WAEC-860AM in Atlanta. The show, Sex Ed 102, features frank, open conversation about love, sex and relationships. Earlier this year, Markum was also featured on an episode of Little Women: Atlanta, the popular Lifetime television reality show.

“When the producers contacted us, I was initially a bit hesitant,” Markum says. “One of the women on the show was experiencing relationship struggles, and they reached out to find her some help in dealing with anger management issues. I said yes because I believed I could help her. Doing therapy with lights, cameras and a production crew watching was definitely different, but I actually enjoyed it because I was able to connect in a way that was valuable to her.”

Back when her focus was on improving her employer’s bottom line, Markum never imagined her career could encompass such a variety of creative opportunities. She says her process of reinvention over the past five years has equipped her to be more empathetic and compassionate as a therapist.

“I know from experience that life isn’t always easy and that change can be challenging,” says Markum. “But I’m also able to encourage my clients to take risks and invest in themselves because I know it’s possible—and I know it’s worth whatever effort it requires.”

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For Dr. Joffrey Suprina, Life Is the Teacher

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When Dr. Joffrey Suprina was a sixth grader in Winter Haven, Florida, he learned a lesson that has served him well ever since.

His homeroom teacher walked into the classroom closet one morning and emerged moments later to ask her students a question: “So what’s different about me than when you saw me a minute ago?”

It was more than a lesson in being observant and present. It was a lesson in teaching—from a woman who also happened to be his mother.

“She had a way of engaging and connecting with students in a way that was very effective,” Suprina remembers. “Over the years, I’ve really come to appreciate how so much of what I learned from my mother—both in the classroom and in life—impacts how I teach and how I relate to people.”

Relating to people is at the core of what Suprina does. As Dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences at Argosy University, he oversees all college programs, accreditations, curriculum, budgeting and academic endeavors across 19 campuses and online programs. He manages 27 department chairs and more than 100 faculty.

While his mother taught him “people skills”, Suprina’s father instilled a strong work ethic and taught him the power of trying new things. His father got him a job working at a citrus experiment station when he was just 12 years old. Suprina worked with an entomologist counting bugs under a microscope, with an inventor designing fruit picking machines, and with a chemist making wine. Says Suprina: “My father believed that trying different things was valuable because while what you’re doing may not be your dream job, you can cross it off your list—and it may help you identify what you want to be when you grow up.”

When Suprina graduated with his B.A. in Music from Rollins College in 1980, he never imagined his career path would lead to academia. Over the years, he worked as an audio-visual producer, a nationally certified massage therapist, a conflict resolution mediator, a choir director, a case manager, an arts programming director, a clinical mental health counselor, and even as a clown for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

“Even though I never set out to be a teacher or a dean, everything I’ve ever done has led me here and prepared me for this work, even if I didn’t realize it at the time,” says Suprina. “I think that when you follow your bliss and do what you love, the path forward presents itself.”

Suprina, who earned his Ph.D. in Counseling from George State University in 2006, is a big believer that the best path is not always the most direct.

“When you sail, you tack to the left, then you tack to the right,” Suprina says. “You’re not moving in a straight line, yet you’re still moving forward. That’s certainly been true in my life and career.”

Suprina, who is the founder and editor of The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology , continues to teach multiculturalism and counseling skills classes in addition to his duties as dean. He says he thrives on the energy of the classroom.

“I think teaching is both an art and a science,” Suprina says. “While it’s always a great idea to have an outline of where you’re going, I also think there’s value in being flexible and fluid. When you stick to the script, it’s easy to miss the miracles. When a class discussion veers off course, I trust that the conversation is going where it needs to go—and that something valuable will result. Being talked at is rather boring, so I’d much rather create a conversation that gets people thinking, asking questions, and sharing ideas. To me, it’s a much more stimulating way to teach—and to learn.”

Suprina says he especially enjoys the dynamic of interacting with adult learners.

“One of the benefits of working with adult students is that you can learn as much as you teach,” he explains “They often ask wonderful, thoughtful questions and bring a real world experience and perspective to the classroom that is very energizing. They also tend to be more pragmatic. They want to understand how whatever topic you’re addressing in class can benefit them in their career. They’re motivated and invested in the results.”

As Dean, Suprina says he has a clear focus on what he wants all Argosy students to receive.

“I want us to share techniques, approaches, and philosophies that our students can actually apply in the real world to make it a better place,” Suprina says. “What are the benefits of studying a particular topic? How is it going to help me be more effective in my career? How can I make a difference? I want students at Argosy to be able to ask—and answer—those questions.” ###

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