Jeffrey L. Helms, PsyD

Education and Teaching

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 Psychological Science. 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. More recently, Dr. Helms has focused on the online delivery of some of the department's core courses. Two of these core courses are Careers in Psychology and Capstone Seminar. 


Dr. Helms's research interests are 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 the first edition of their book Majoring in Psychology: Achieving your Educational and Career Goals

Selected Publications

Helms, J. L., & Rogers, D. T. (2023). Majoring in psychology: Achieving your educational and career goals (3rd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. 

*Helms, J. L., & Waters, A. M. (2016). Attitudes toward bisexual men and women. Journal of Bisexuality, 16(4), 454–467.

Helms, J. L. (2014). Comparing student performance in online and face-to-face delivery modalities. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 18(1), 147–160.

*denotes collaboration with student


Dr. Helms maintains licensure as a psychologist in Georgia and Hawaii and has been granted an Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology by the PSYPACT Commission. His clinical experience includes work in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and multiple forensic environments. He maintains a private practice where he provides consultations and psychotherapy to adults. His clinical practice focuses on work with early-career professionals and marginalized populations including people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ communities.