Academic Advising

One of the many offerings the GSEP Student Services department offers is academic advising. Academic advisors and program administrators are available to assist you with a variety of topics such as:

  • Counseling on enrollment options, academic progress, degree requirements, and degree audit
  • Transfer credit/waivers, course and program petitions, and probation status
  • Assist with registration holds, leave of absence, readmission, and course and program withdrawal
  • Comprehensive exams: submission of papers and notification of exam results

Students are highly encouraged to work with their academic advisor or program administrator throughout their program and address any academic questions or needs they have.

To get to know and contact your academic advisor or program administrator, select your respective division below:


Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies | Organizational Leadership | Doctor of Philosophy, Global Leadership and Change

Jane TuckerJane (Tado) Tucker, Sr. Academic Advisor, EDOL, EDLT, PhD

Jane (Tado) Tucker has served the Pepperdine University community since 2008 and has been in her current role since 2014. Prior to her career in higher education, she spent over 10 years in the field of Sports Medicine. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Management degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Graziadio School of Business. She is committed to serving others and is dedicated to assisting our students achieve their educational goals.  |  310.568.5738  


Master of Arts in Education | Teaching | Social Entrepreneurship and Change | Master of Science in Education programs | Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

Andrew DisneyAndrew Disney, Academic Advisor, MAT, TESOL, SEC, MS ED/Leadership, ELAP

Andrew serves as the academic advisor for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program, Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship and Change Program and EdD in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy Program. In this capacity, he assists students with academic planning, course registration, answers program related questions and helps connect students to various campus resources needed to help guide them to a successful completion of their degree program. In addition to his academic advising role, Andrew helps manage the online Master of Science in Leadership degree programs and the students enrolled in these programs. Prior to his academic advising role, Andrew has served in various student support roles at a number of different universities. He has served as an admissions officer for Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and the USC Marshall School of Business. He helped identify and recruit high caliber students for a variety of academic programs for each of these institutions. Prior to his work in admissions, he served as a NCAA Compliance Officer at the University of South Carolina, Georgetown and Radford University. In this capacity, he would support the athletic department in the areas of recruiting, initial/continuing eligibility, financial aid, academic planning and rules education.  |  310.568.5770 


Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology - MFT | General Psychology 

Marissa SpruiellMarissa Spruiell, Senior Academic Advisor, MFT | General (Evening Format)

Marissa Spruiell is the Senior Psychology Academic Advisor for the on-ground, Evening-Format Master of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy. She has experience working in the fields of recruitment, non-profit, and mental health. She is dedicated to student success and loves being a steadfast resource for students in their Pepperdine journey. Marissa graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communication Studies. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2013. She will complete her Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School in 2019.  |  310.568.5503  |  West LA and Encino Campuses


Nazanein Vazira-Bhullar, Academic Advisor, MFT | General (Evening Format) Nazzi Picture

Nazanein Nazzi Vazira-Bhullar earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2013 and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#102581).  She has several years of experience working in the field of mental health at Special Services for Groups/Occupational Therapy Training Program working primarily with children and adolescents.  Nazzi has spent several years contributing to Pepperdine University in various roles including as a student, alumnus, employee, and recently adjunct faculty member.  Nazzi is currently a Psychology Academic Advisor for the Master of Arts in Psychology (evening format) and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (evening format).  She has a passion for working with students to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.  |  310.568.5618  |  West LA and Irvine Campuses


Andrea Lipnicki, Senior Program Administrator, MFT (Daytime Format)andrea lipnicki

As an alum of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy (daytime) program, Andrea enjoys helping prospective students learn about the program and the benefits of an excellent education.  She takes pride in getting to know everyone who applies to the program.  Andrea has been graciously supporting students through all aspects of the application process and all aspects of their program since 2003.  She seeks to provide each student with the individualized support they need to successfully complete their program and reach their professional goals.  There are not many questions that Andrea cannot answer about applying to and completing the MFT - Daytime program.  |  310.506.4608  |  Malibu Campus 


Jen Sasser, Student Success Advisor, MFT | General (Online Format)jen sah

Jen is originally from North Carolina and currently resides in Denver, CO. She earned her degree in Communications, specializing in Journalism and minoring in African American Studies from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Jen also studied International Relations abroad at VSE University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. Her work experience in higher education includes time in admissions, enrollment, and advising. Jen loves traveling the world, but one of her favorite places to be is on the beaches of San Diego.   | 310.693.5804 | Online Campus

Bekah HykanRebekah Hykan, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General (Online Format)

Bekah's academic background is rooted in education. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Willamette University and in 2016 graduated with an M.Ed from Prescott College. Bekah has experience teaching in a variety of different settings from public schools and charter schools to teaching with international programs. In 2017, she began advising students at the graduate level and is passionate about empowering students to achieve their goals. Born and raised outside of Denver Colorado, Bekah is an avid outdoor adventurer and can be found skiing, biking or climbing in her free time. I (424) 349-5095 I Online Campus


Benjamin ItangishakaBenjamin Itangishaka, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General (Online Format)

Benjamin Itangishaka, is originally from Sud Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo; however, grew up in Denver, Colorado where he currently resides. He holds a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO), and a Master's degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University (NYU). Benjamin is a policy analyst and a social justice educator. With work ranging from academic advising to researching, and consulting in the field of education. Outside of his passions, Benjamin enjoys playing and watching soccer (futbol), listening to music (Congolese Rumba, Afrobeats, Jazz, and Rhythm and blues ), and traveling. Additionally, he is an outdoor enthusiast and loves Kayaking and stand-up paddling. I (424) 320-6647 I Online Campus

Elizabeth Tango, Student Success Advisor, MFT I General (Online Format)

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Elizabeth Tango graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology before entering the diverse field of non-profit work. As the Program Director of the non-profit Global Leaders, she discovered a passion for working with students of all ages and backgrounds and hopes to apply that same drive to help the students at Pepperdine find educational success. I (424) 372-4054 I Online Campus 

Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Yasmin RahdariYasmin (Makki) Rahdari, Senior Program Administrator, PsyD

Yasmin (Makki) Rahdari earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #90870) and has several years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, adolescents, and families doing individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. Yasmin also has an extensive background in technology and working in higher education administration. Yasmin is the Senior Program Administrator for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program, and also an adjunct faculty member. Yasmin supports current, incoming, and prospective Psy.D. students, as well as alumni. She is responsible for day to day operations of the program, admissions, dissertation administration, academic advising, and clinical training administration for all active PsyD students going through practicum and internship. Yasmin also oversees clinical workshops, continuing education, and professional development events here at GSEP. Yasmin provides support to the PsyD executive committee, internal and external clinical supervisors, and all Psychology faculty on the four graduate campuses. She has a passion for working with students and helping them excel in the field of psychology. Yasmin supports and works closely with students, beginning with their initial interest in the program, all the way through their post graduate work in the field.  |  310.568.2324  | West LA Campus