Beacon Salon Series: Dr. A. J. Marsden

A.J. Marsden will be addressing the topic of “Cult Psychology.”

Dr. Marsden is a former U.S. Army surgical nurse who now serves as an assistant professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., the first accredited college to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities and ADHD, where she teaches courses including theories of personality.

She has served as a psychological coach for professional mixed martial arts athletes. She also has 10 years of martial arts experience and has been an active weight lifter and yoga enthusiast for 3 years.

She specializes in human development, motivation, emotion and attitudes, abnormal psychology, including PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders, human sexuality and health psychology.

Dr. Marsden earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

She has been quoted by The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, The New York Times, New York magazine, Associated Press, Voice of America, Fortune.com, The Atlanta Constitution & Journal, U.S. News & World Report.com, Reader’s Digest, Fast Company.com, Men’s Fitness, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Express-Telegraph, Marketwatch.com, Glamour.com, GoodCall.com, Self.com, VFW magazine, TheHealthJournal.com, Lifescript.com, MEL magazine, Shape, Papas Y Mamas (Univision), LifeZette, Mic.com, VICE, Telemundo.com, Prevention.com, Human Resource Executive, Minority Nurse, Recovery.org, The Society of Human Resource Management magazine, Working Mother magazine, TheList.com, Verywell, HowStuffWorks, ThoughtCo, 9Coach.com, NBC News’ BETTER.com, The Greeley Tribune, Bustle, Rodale’s Organic Life, MDAlert, Max Sports and Fitness, Military Officer Magazine, CafeMom, and Tonic.

She co-writes the popular “Myth on the Mind” online column for Psychology Today. She has published op-eds in The Hill and is a contributor to the Central Florida 100, a weekly commentary roundup in The Orlando Sentinel featuring 100 of the region’s thought leaders.

Dr. Marsden has been a featured guest on Viewpoints Radio, WMFE 90.7’s (Orlando’s NPR affiliate) “Intersection,” and on Georgia Public Radio’s “On Second Thought.”

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