Department of Psychology

Sheldon Rifkin

Part-time Instructor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4005
Phone: 470-578-6225


Dr. Rifkin is a Tennessee, Florida and Georgia licensed psychologist with expertise in both clinical and forensic psychology. Following his internship at Duke University Medical Center and graduation from the University of Tennessee in December of 1968, he became Chief Psychologist at the community mental health center in Knoxville. In January of 1973, he relocated to Florida where he assumed the position of Director of Satellite operations and, subsequently, Director of Inpatient Services, at that community’s mental health center. In 1978, he entered full-time private practice and was a solo practitioner until November of 2007. During that time, and in addition to his traditional practice of assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults as well as couples, he consulted with the local and private school boards, the juvenile, family, civil and criminal court systems as well as the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Social Security Disability Administration. Although a very active and involved professional, he decided to close his Florida practice in November of 2007, and to relocate to the Canton area outside of Atlanta so that he and his wife could be closer to their family. With a strong desire to continue to his professional involvements, he began teaching at Kennesaw State University, as a Part-Time adjunct Instructor of Psychology, in August of 2008. While finding teaching to be extremely satisfying, it had only served to reawaken his strong commitment to his roots as a clinician, and bringing his skills, honed over years of an active and multi-tiered practice, to the Counseling & Psychological Services department at KSU, he joined the staff in July of 2010. Dr. Rifkin still finds many opportunities to spend time with his family and to indulge his passion for world travel and photography.