Directory & Faculty Profiles

Valentina Kloosterman, PhD

Over the past twenty years, I have taught and conducted research in the field of education and psychology, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in issues related to child development, intelligence, cultural diversity, teacher development, and community and social well-being. I have had the opportunity to work with teachers, school administrators, children, and families in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, both in the United States and abroad. I am an Educational Psychologist and a Dissertation Consultant. My expertise is in qualitative research and program evaluation, and for the past decade, I have co-directed the design and implementation of research-evaluation projects, as well as provided guidance and mentoring to graduate students from around the world in completing their doctoral dissertations and masters theses in a variety of academic disciplines. As a faculty member of the University of Phoenix, I teach on-ground courses in psychology, and as a Dissertation Chair and committee member my priority are my doctoral students. One of my most gratifying professional experiences has been working one-on-one with students in the process of research, including literature review, data collection and analysis, and writing of findings and implications. To assist in my students' ongoing professional development, I also encourage and guide them in the submission of conference proposals, academic presentations, and writing of publications. As part of my teaching and research, I have written and published, presented nationally and internationally, and served as an active member of numerous professional organizations. I am the editor of the book Latino Students in American Schools: Historical and Contemporary Views; and my research has been recognized with the international Hollingworth Research Award.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Associate Faculty
Dissertation Chair
Committee Member
Primary College or School: 
College of Social Sciences