Associate Professor of Practice
Department of Psychology
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Brief Biography

Jaime E. Mendoza is an accomplished associate professor of practice of psychology. His specialty areas are adolescents, couples, and families. He is a systems psychologist. He was an assistant professor at Azusa Pacific University and the executive director of the University based community-counseling center, Child and Family Development Center. Mendoza was also an assistant professor at Hope International University’s Mexico Undergraduate and Graduate programs which emphasize counseling and leadership. In 2016, he was a visiting professor in Cuba’s mental health program.  

During the last 20 years, he has worked with multiple organizations (counseling clinic, social service agency, academia and consulting firm) throughout Southern California. The focus has been working and training people on leadership, grant development and management, staff development, public speaking and self-growth. He has over 15 years in administration and over 10 years in managing conferences (student level to professional level).  


  • 1989 Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of California San Diego
  • 1997 Master of Arts degree, Azusa Pacific University
  • 2002 Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) degree at Azusa Pacific University
  • 2002 Dissertation: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a School-Based Mental Health Program at Local Schools.
  • 2001 Internship: APA approved Internship at Pacific Clinics in Southern California

Family and Hobbies

He has been married for 26 years. His wife is an audiologist. They have three children, two of the children are attending a California State University school and one is in High School. Mendoza enjoys people watching, hiking, bike riding, traveling and fishing.

Select Publications and Presentations

  • Hernandez, A. and Mendoza, J (in progress doctoral dissertation) A Cultural Lens: Understanding Familismo and The Good Son Dilemma among young Mexican males completing post-secondary education at CSUSB-PDC.
  • Mendoza, J. (2015, December) Depression in Men. Radiozion interview, Santa Fe Springs, CA.
  • Mendoza, J (2014, November), Evaluating Missionaries progress. Missions Leaders Conference, Columbus OH.
  • Mendoza, J., Mwangi, S, & Ridenour, B. (2014, November) Creating partnerships in ministry vs. just funding missions programs, International Conference on Missions, Columbus OH
  • Mendoza, J. & Fernandez, J. (2014, November) Best Practices for integration of immigrants into mega organizations. International Conference on Missions, Columbus OH
  • Husted, C & Mendoza, J (2009) Riverside/San Bernardino Transitional Grant Area African American HIV Needs Assessment. Riverside County Public Health
  • Mendoza, J. (2005) [Review of the book Theory-based treatment planning for marriage and family therapists: Integrating theory and practice]. The Family Psychologist, 21, 25-26.
  • Mok, D., Matthews, L., & Mendoza, J (2003). Diverse families: Recent family psychology research on Latino, African American, and Asian American families. The Family Psychologist, 19, 3-9.

Select Funded Grants

  • 2017 Borrego Community Health Foundation, HIV Prevention ($350 renewable), TruEvolution
  • 2017-2021 AIDS Health Care Foundation, HIV Prevention ($300 over 4 years), TruEvolution
  • 2008-2012 Center for Disease Control, HIV Prevention ($1.76M over 4 years), Whittier AIDS Project
  • 2007-2008 California Endowment, Farm Workers Project ($300). 

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Level

  • Seasons of Change
  • Human Sexuality
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Life Coaching and Group Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Introduction to Counseling

Graduate Level                                

  • Systems Psychology
  • Family Therapy

  • Cultural Diversity

  • Theories of Change

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Human Sexuality             

  • Domestic Violence
  • Interventions
  • Developing Effective

  • Teams 


  • Balancing Relationships with Ministry

Research Interest

His research interests are in couples and family work, family skills, integration of science and practice (training clinics), school-based mental health and supervision of students.