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John M. Toothman, Ph.D., Human Behavior, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

Curriculum Vitae


John M. Toothman, PhD
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Wilmington, Delaware


Doctor of Philosophy in Human Behavior

Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
Research Advisor: W. Ray Rucker, PhD

Title of Dissertation: Impact of Human Communication Workshops on Selected Non-Commissioned Officers in the United States Air Force

Master of Arts in Social Change

Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Social Change (Crozer Foundation), Rochester, NY
Research Advisor: Richard Flowers, PhD

Title of Thesis: Counseling Techniques for the Training of Community-based Draft Counselors

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Positions held

2007 - Present

1992 – Present


Professor of Psychology, Intercultural Open University Foundation

Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington, DE, Professor of Psychology

1980 – 1992 
  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA Lead Professor of Applied Psychology for Human Communications Workshops (USAF) 
1976 – 1990 
  Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE Professor of Psychology 
1970 – 1975 

Delaware State University, Dover, DE Instructor of Counseling Psychology 
Instructor in the Graduate School of Education

1970 – 1975 
  California Western University, San Diego, CA Graduate Teaching Assistant in Human Behavior 

Professional affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association of Counseling and Development
  • Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Society of Clinical Psychology
  • American Association of Philosophical Counseling
  • International Mentoring Association
  • Williamsburg(WVA) Historical Society
  • Hextlearn

External Scholar (consulting)

Board of Governors for the Intercultural Open University Foundation (NL)


  • Exploration Institute, Berkley California
  • Rational Behavioral Theories and Techniques, Albert Ellis Institute, NY
  • Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, Erickson Institute, NY
  • Bowen Family Therapy Systems, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
  • Human Sexuality Training, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
  • Supervision of Psychology Trainees, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
  • Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Change, Upland Institute, Upland, PA
  • Certificate of Accomplishment of Social Change, Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute, Chester, PA
  • Sterling Institute of Human Development, Chicago, IL
  • Western Behavioral Institute, San Diego, CA
  • Institute of Logotherapy, San Diego, CA
  • Gestalt Therapy, International University of Mexico
  • Resident Fellow in Psychology, Integral Health Services of La Jolla, CA

Teaching experience

Goldey-Beacom College (16 years)

  • Group Dynamics and Social Process (graduate division)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Logical and Critical Thinking
  • Troubled Employee
  • Current Topics in Psychology
  • Great Books Seminar
  • Humanities

Eastern Washington University (12 years)

Lead Professor in a human communication training program through a contractual relationship with the United States Air Force. The programs were conducted in South Korea, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Germany, England, Azores, and various Air Force Bases throughout the United States.

Wilmington University (14 years)

Developed the Behavioral Science Program and taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Served as Department Chairman for the Behavioral Science faculty.

Delaware State University (6 years)

Instructor in the Graduate School of Education and served as a personal counselor in the Counseling Center.

Part-time Teaching Experience in the Behavioral Sciences

  • University of Delaware, graduate course in Theories of Counseling
  • Lynn University, Group Dynamics
  • University of North Dakota, Human Communication Workshops
  • Southern Illinois University, graduate Group Dynamics
  • United States International University, graduate Group Dynamics
  • Chapman College, Human Communication Workshops
  • Boca Raton College, Group Dynamics
  • California Western University, Group Dynamics
  • Intercultural Open University Foundation, Dissertation Supervision

Honors and awards 

  • Award of Distinction for Group Facilitation from the Military Airlift Command
  • Excellence in Teaching Award from Wilmington University, Goldey-Beacom College, Eastern Washington University (Human Communication Program)
  • Graduate Assistantship in Psychology from California Western University
  • Faculty Service Award from Goldey-Beacom College
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship for Studies in Social Change
  • E. I. du Pont Grant for Graduate Studies in Psychology
  • Commencement Speaker for the Community College of the Air Force

Recent publications

  • Training of Future Business Leaders,
  • Johnny Bland’s Bimini,
  • Understanding Psychology, 2nd edition, Horizon Publishing
  • Understanding Psychology, 1st edition, Horizon Publishing
  • Introduction to Group Dynamics, University Press of America
  • The Reinsman: The Nick Shuk Story,
  • A Dog’s Life, University Press of America
  • Kent Desormeaux and Red is the Color
  • Ideal Society, by Christopher Thomas; Foreword by John M. Toothman, PhD
  • Winning Wisdom, by Christopher Thomas; Foreword by John M. Toothman, PhD
  • My Mother, by Dan Verghese, Foreword by John M. Toothman, PhD 

International Experience

  • Appointed to the Board of Governors of Intercultural Open University Foundation (NL)
  • External Scholar at Intercultural Open University Foundation (NL)
  • Graduate Studies at the International University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Conducted Human Relations Training for the United States Air Force in Europe
  • Research Studies in the Bahamas