Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology- Fielding Graduate University, CA (2016)
MDiv. Western Theological Seminary, Newbigin House of Studies, MI (2014-present)
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy- Chapman University, CA (2012)
B.A. Psychology- California State University Chico, CA (2003)

Expertise

My expertise has been around the integration of Christian theology and spiritual with psychology. Working from a Christian psycho-spiritual perspective, my research and clinical training have focused on addiction and trauma. I am interested in how shame maintains experiential avoidance so prevalent in addiction and trauma. I believe the healing and restorative nature of God’s grace in Christ experienced by the Spirit in connecting with others in a deep and transparent manner can transform shame into true freedom and joy. As such, I am interested in continuing research and academic work around factors that provide opportunities for transformation and flourishing.

Why Jessup

As an adjunct at WJU I became impressed with the students and their openness and eagerness to learn. I enjoyed the dialogue and relationships that I experienced with both students and faculty. I found Jessup to be a place that is grounded in the Gospel, which allows for an openness and hospitality to others.

Favorite Class to Teach

Psych and Christian Thought, Integration of Psychology and Christian
Spirituality, Developmental Psychology, and Personality Theory

My Inspiration

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19

Recent Work/Scholarship

Dissertation: Relationship between Spiritual Transformation and Altruism: A Relational Spirituality Mode

Presentations:
Mindfulness Meditation for PTSD/SUD Treatment, ACT for the Treatment of Shame in Addiction

Moral Injury and Repair
Department of Veteran Affairs, Fayetteville, AR


Suicide Prevention and Human Flourishing
Granite Springs Church, Lincoln, CA