Assistant Professor Wendy Parslow-Helton has been teaching psychology courses at CCD since 2012. Her course load includes General Psychology I and II, Human Growth and Development, Health Psychology, and Social Psychology. In addition, she is the faculty advisor for the CCD Chapter of Psi Beta, the National Psychology Honor Society for Community College Students. She has a passion for teaching and strives to make her classes fun, informative, and useful for students of any major.
Wendy obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining CCD, she was a full-time professor of psychology at Lone Star Community College in Houston, Texas. She has also taught courses as an adjunct instructor at a number of colleges, including College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas, Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona, Diablo Valley Community College in Pleasant Hill, California, and Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She also taught Organizational Behavior at the University of San Francisco.
In 2013, Wendy was named as one of the Top 10 Community and Junior College Faculty in the United States for 2012-2013 by RateMyProfessors.com. In addition to teaching since 1993, she has also worked extensively in the clinical side of the field for more than 18 years. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and have worked in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, a foster care agency, schools, an insurance company, and in private practice (where she specialized in child/adolescent and couples’ issues). She has held a number of different roles, including psychotherapist, high-risk case consultant, and clinical supervisor, and was a program director of a Family Preservation Program. This “real world” experience is invaluable to student learning.
Wendy’s husband teaches Health Care Management and Finance in the health professions program at Metropolitan State University. They have two Shih-Tzu “fur babies” and enjoy the Colorado mountains and outdoors with hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing, as well attending local sporting events, including the Broncos, Avalanche, Rockies, and Nuggets.