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James Cephas

James Cephas, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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James Cephas, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Prior to teaching at PUC, Dr. James Cephas worked within the California state prison system as a clinical psychologist, working directly with the inmate population at a maximum-security prison. He also worked for the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center as a therapist in the outpatient program, as well as an adjunct professor of psychology at Argosy University for their graduate program. Dr. Cephas has over 20 years of diverse experience in the field. His counseling and advocacy experience includes children, adolescents, and adults, working in special education, probation, detention, psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, and homeless populations. He is also very interested in the multicultural aspects of social and psychological development, and in issues of social justice.

Dr. Cephas received his bachelor’s in human services from California State University, Fullerton, in 2003; his master’s in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in 2010; and his clinical psychology doctorate degree with an emphasis in multicultural communities at Alliant University in 2012.


Degrees

B.A., California State University, Fullerton
2003
M.A., Alliant International University
2010
Psy.D., Alliant International University
2012

Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Assistant Professor

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Michael Jefferson, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Michael Jefferson grew up the son of a minister and nurse in the town of Ojai, California. Upon graduating from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, he received his master's degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland. After working two years for Social Services in Loudoun County, Virginia, Michael started working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his internship in Washington, D.C., with Shambu N. Banik and Associates, former chair of the Presidents Counsel on Mental Retardation. Michael is currently completing his dissertation on the experience of interpersonal intimacy by the adult children of ministers. He teaches for both the psychology and social work department and ECE program at PUC. His mental health interest and training are in ADHD, depression, and men's issues. Michael and his wife, Kathy, have two boys, Christopher and Nicholas, and live in Angwin.


Christy Mantz

Christy Mantz, B.S.W.

Instructor of Social Work, Service-Learning Coordinator

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Christy Mantz, B.S.W.

Instructor of Social Work, Service-Learning Coordinator

Christy Mantz completed the BSW program at Pacific Union College in 2007, and gained employment with Napa County, working as a Probation Officer for 9 years. A resident of Napa County for nearly 14 years, she has worked with a wide variety of non-profit and community based organizations, and continues to collaborate with local programs to manage PUC’s Service-Learning program. Always interested in work with youth and families, she has worked collaboratively with school officials, drug court programs, Child Welfare, foster families, substance abuse treatment centers, and a variety of residential treatment facilities across Northern and Central California.


Degrees

B.S.W., Pacific Union College
2007

Michael Milmine

Michael Milmine, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Michael Milmine, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Michael Milmine earned his master’s in educational psychology with an emphasis in research from Andrews University. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on student engagement and academic success. As a graduate student, Michael co-taught courses in psychology of learning and applied statistics. When not attending or teaching courses, he worked as a research and statistical analysis consultant, designing research studies as well as collecting and analyzing data. At PUC, Michael enjoys teaching courses in the areas of research, social psychology, physiological psychology, learning, and death & dying. His research interests include the impact of media use on everyday life, academic engagement, academic achievement, and false memories.

In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, hockey, racket sports, hiking, rollerblading, and traveling.


Degrees

B.A., Southern Adventist University
2013
M.A., Andrews University
2015

Helo O. Mohr

Helo O. Mohr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work

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Helo O. Mohr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work

A native of Estonia, Helo Oidjarv Mohr joined the PUC family most recently from Walla Walla University, where she spent seven years teaching in both the BSW and MSW programs. Previously, she was an instructor and a doctoral student at the James Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Oidjarv brings with her a plethora of research and volunteer experience, and has given peer-reviewed presentations at several conventions, including the American Sociological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the Council of Social Work Education. She received her B.A. in Sociology degree from her native Estonia (University of Tartu) in 1997, a Master’s in Social Work degree from Andrews University in 2000, and a Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. At PUC, she is taking students to a Global Social Work Study Tour, and teaching a variety of classes, such as a social welfare course comparing European and U.S. social policies (Topics in Global Social Work), Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations, Writing for Program Evaluation, and Gender Issues. Her research interests include veterinary social work and animal-assisted therapies, human rights and global issues in social work, and program management and administration. In her free time, Helo loves to travel, read, horseback ride, do crafts, and take care of her three pets.


Degrees

B.A., University of Tartu, Estonia
1996
M.S.W., Andrews University
2000
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
2009

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Damaris Perez

Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

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Damaris Perez, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work


Degrees

B.S.W., Pacific Union College
2007
M.S.W., Walla Walla University
2010

Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion & Social Science

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Greg Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion & Social Science

Gregory Schneider, Ph.D., professor of religion and social science, specializes in the conflicts and compatibilities of religion with psychology and the other social sciences. He also studies the history of American Wesleyan and Holiness traditions in America. He has been active in the American Academy of Religion, serving on the steering committees of two program units: the Wesleyan Studies Group and the Person, Culture, and Religion group, a unit dedicated to the interface between psychology and religion. He won a year-long Fellowship for College Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1985 and served on several review panels for that agency in the 1980s and 1990s. At PUC, he was the Walter C. Utt Visiting Professor of History for 2005-06. Outside the classroom, he regards his faculty sponsorship of the local Amnesty International chapter and his occasional roles as actor for the Dramatic Arts Society as his most important and rewarding contributions to PUC's community of learning. He also loves kayaking (flat water), sailing (dinghies), biking (mostly off-road), classical music (a virtuoso at spinning CDs), and fantasy novels (yes, even Harry Potter).


Degrees

B.A., Columbia Union College
1971
M.A., University of Chicago
1973
Ph.D., University of Chicago
1981