Dr. Helms earned his PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the KSU faculty in 2003 and is currently a tenured, full professor in the Department of Psychology. His experience includes teaching at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Over the course of his career, he has developed and taught dozens of different undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of delivery formats including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. His current research interests are predominantly in the areas of the scholarship of teaching and understanding attitudes and prejudice toward individuals who identify as bisexual. Dr. Helms (along with coauthor Dr. Daniel Rogers) won the 2012 Foundation Prize for Publication for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University for their book Majoring in Psychology: Achieving your Educational and Career Goals. Dr. Helms maintains licensure as a psychologist in Georgia and Hawaii. He has previously practiced in California and Kentucky. His clinical experience includes work in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and multiple forensic environments. Currently, he maintains a private clinical and consulting practice.
Recent Courses Taught:
PSYC 2210 Careers in Psychology
PSYC 4430 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 4490 Special Topics - Psychology of Mentoring
PSYC 4499 Senior Seminar in Psychology
Helms, J. L. (2014). Comparing student performance in online and face-to-face delivery modalities. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 18(1), 147–160. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1030563.pdf
Rogers, D. T., & Helms, J. L. (2011, June). Addressing the internship crisis [Letter]. Monitor on Psychology, 42(6), 8. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/06/letters.aspx
Segrist, D., & Helms, J. L. (2011, February). Offering a careers course in psychology: Opportunities and challenges. Observer, 24(2), 31–34. Retrieved from http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2011/february- 11/offering-a-careers-course-in-psychology-opportunities-and-challenges.htmlExample Recent Presentations:
Helms, J. L. (2014, September). Bi definition: What it really means to be bisexual. Invited presentation for Bisexual Pride Day sponsored by Kennesaw State University’s GLBTIQ Student Retention Services, Kennesaw, GA.
Rogers, D. T., & Helms, J. L. (2014, April). Tips for applying to graduate school. Invited address at the 13th Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference, Kennesaw, GA.
Helms, J. L., & Waters, A. M. (2013, August). Measuring attitudes toward bisexual men and women. Poster session at the 2013 American Psychological Association’s annual convention, Honolulu, HI.