Remember Robi Ludwig, the “psychologist” that Fox News brought on the air to explain that the Isla Vista shooter may have been driven by “homosexual impulses” despite his repeated insistence that it was lack of female attention that pushed him over the edge? Turns out she isn’t a real doctor despite calling herself that.
Her listing at Psychology Today shows “School: University of Pennsylvania” and lists her graduation year as 1990. Sounds legitimate, right? U. Penn is an Ivy League school; a doctorate from there is certainly impressive.
Her website reveals a different story. Her “doctor” title, which she uses in every mention of herself and the name of the website itself (drrobiludwig.com), is based on a Psy.D. degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies, an online-only, for-profit correspondence school, which changed its name in 2007 to California Southern University.Note to readers: an online degree is not a doctorate. Any online, for-profit college that claims otherwise, and this obviously includes Cal Southern, is just trying to fool people.
I’ve known hundreds of scientists and scholars who’ve put in the sweat equity required for a Ph.D.: years of course work, mastery of a specialized area of study, and additional years doing original research and writing a Ph.D. dissertation. The Cal Southern Psy.D. requires nothing more than course work – no dissertation required – and the courses are all online. This falls grievously short of a real doctorate. Taking a bunch of online courses at a third-rate online school does not earn one the right to be called “doctor.”
I checked the American Psychological Association’s site to see if the Psy.D. program at California Southern is accredited. It is not. (Very few Psy.D. programs, which are much less rigorous than Ph.D. programs, are accredited. Most clinical psychologists have Ph.D.s.)
In other words, “Dr.” Ludwig has a mail-order degree from an unaccredited program.
Kent Hovind and Carl Baugh, your table is ready.