Experts on "Counseling"

Andrea L. Canada

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Psychology and Theology

Dr. Canada's research interests are in the area of health psychology. She teaches multivariate statistics, cognitive behavior therapy, religion and health, and psychology in medical settings in the graduate program.

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Nancy S. Duvall

  • Professor Emeritus of Psychology

 

Dr. Duvall's major areas of interest center on adult therapy in the psychodynamic modality, group dynamics and issues of integration. She also focuses on clinical supervision and is involved in supervision at Biola Counseling Center. She is interested in the relationship of psychotherapy and spirituality, specifically issues of the soul and self and mindfulness.

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Keith J Edwards

  • Professor of Psychology

Keith J. Edwards is a Professor of Psychology in the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Social Psychology from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed clinical psychologist. His primary clinical interests are marital and individual therapy using emotionally focused, attachment based and experiential approaches. He has received Level I & II training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals with Leslie Greenberg, the founder of EFT. He is a certified EFT couples therapist having received training from Susan Johnson. He teaches courses in individual and couples therapy at Rosemead using EFT and Brief Dynamic approaches. He has conducted seminars presenting EFT to professionals in the United States and Asia. He also has conducted seminars on marriage and missionary care in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Edwards conducts research on relationships and spirituality integrating emotion theory, attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. His research interests include emotion, relationship functioning and spirituality integrating Christian theology, attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. He is the co-developer with Todd Hall of the Spiritual Assessment Inventory. He has held prior faculty positions at Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University.

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Stacy Eltiti

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Stacy Eltiti completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Following doctoral studies, she worked on several research grants. The most noteworthy of which, investigated possible health effects from exposure to electromagnetic fields produced by cell phone base stations. Here at Biola, Eltiti teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of statistics, experimental and cognitive psychology. Eltiti supervises both Ph.D. research projects and Psy.D. doctoral papers. She also serves as co-chair of the Protection of Human Rights in Research Committee.

Stacy Eltiti's appointment calendar is available.

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Todd W Hall

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Director, Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality

Todd Hall’s writing and research focuses on relational approaches to spiritual development. He is considered a leading expert on spiritual development and the integration of psychology and theology/spirituality. Hall has published extensively on the topic, in journals such as the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Mental Health, Culture and Religion, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Journal of Psychology and Theology. He has presented over 50 papers at national conferences on the topic of relational spirituality.

Hall recently co-authored (with John Coe) Psychology in the Spirit: Contours of a Transformational Psychology (2010), part of IVP’s Christian Worldview Integration series. He also co-authored a chapter in Christianity and Psychology: Five Views (IVP, 2011). Hall developed the Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI), which is the most widely used spiritual assessment tool among Christian colleges and universities.

Hall is a consultant for the Laity Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow for the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), and has consulted with numerous organizations including the National Institute for Mental Health, Salvation Army, New York City Leadership Center, Moody Press, Wisdom Works, and numerous Christian universities. He is a sought-after conference speaker for Christian schools, nonprofits and churches around the country.

Hall maintains a small clinical practice in which he specializes in attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults.

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Christina Lee-Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Undergraduate Psychology Internship Coordinator

Christina Lee-Kim is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Biola University. She regularly teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology department and supervises doctoral research. Her research interests include multiculturalism and gender issues, racial and cultural identity formation, Asian-American psychology and the use of qualitative research methods.

Christina Lee-Kim's appointment calendar is available.

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Armida Bustamante Millán

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

Armida Millán teaches graduate courses in marriage and family therapy, child/adolescent therapy, family psychopathology, multicultural issues in therapy and an undergraduate course in the psychology of family. Millán's research interests focus on family and child/adolescent issues. She is also interested in understanding how cultural and racial factors influence identity development and mental health. In addition, combat related PTSD and depression is an area of interest that emerged from her experience as a commissioned officer with the United States Air Force Reserve. Millán is currently inactive on Individual Ready-Reserve Status. Millán conducts parenting workshops and seminars on various topics, including ethnic minorities in education. Millán maintains a small clinical practice specializing in depression and anxiety, as well as family and child/adolescent issues.

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Patricia L Pike

  • Vice Provost for Academic Administration
  • Professor of Psychology

Patricia Pike is currently vice provost for academic administration and professor of psychology at Biola University. She is a licensed psychologist in California and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development and was a lead delegate for over 10 years of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Pike received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii and later went on to earn a doctoral specialty certificate in psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She previously taught at the University of Hawaii, Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Texas, Arlington. Pike has invested her time outside of the classroom at the Child Guidance Center in Santa Ana, California, and the Biola Counseling Center.

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John Poston

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

John Poston teaches courses related to personality theory, psychodynamic theory, psychological assessment and the empirical foundations of psychotherapy. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology at Purdue University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center, which emphasized psychodynamic psychotherapy and assessment. His current research and teaching interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychological testing and the integration of psychology and theology (e.g., God Image). Poston is also a licensed psychologist who maintains a small clinical practice at the Biola Counseling Center. John lives with his wife and their three children in Fullerton, Calif.

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Cherry Steinmeier

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Cherry Steinmeier's areas of interest and expertise include prepracticum training, the integration of Christianity and psychology and spiritual formation and growth. She is actively involved in the clinical training aspects of Rosemead. Her clinical specialty is object relations psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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Gary H Strauss

  • Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Gary Strauss is an emeritus professor at the Rosemead School of Psychology, continuing to teach in an adjunct role from his retirement home in Minneapolis, Minnesota (in that regard, he has the distinction of being Biola's first employee residing in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes"). After teaching for four years in the Counselor Education Department of the College of Education of the University of Houston, Strauss joined the Rosemead faculty in the fall of 1974 and retired in May of 2012. In addition to teaching various graduate psychology courses and serving as a staff psychologist at the Biola Counseling Center, he has had a variety of presenting, consulting and international teaching experiences. Strauss received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from California State University Fresno and later his master’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa in elementary school counseling and his doctorate of education at Northern Illinois University in counselor education. As a member of the Rosemead faculty, Strauss was licensed as a psychologist in 1978 and developed expertise in the area of human sexuality. In addition to his teaching and other activities, he served as an active clinician until 2003. He continues to teach his undergraduate human sexuality class online, which he has taught for over 35 years.

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Judy Ten Elshof

  • Professor of Spirituality and Marriage & Family, Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Talbot School of Theology
  • Director, Talbot's Spiritual Formation Focus
  • Associate Director and Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Renewal
  • Founder and Executive Director, Hilltop Renewal Center

Professor of Spirituality and Marriage and Family, Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Director of Talbot’s Spiritual Formation Program, Spiritual Director, Associate Director of The Center for Spiritual Renewal, Founder of Hilltop Renewal Center, B.A., California State University, Fullerton, M.A., Talbot School of Theology, M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Marital and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology.

Judy TenElshof’s goal as Director of Talbot’s Spiritual Formation program is to have all Talbot students understand the nature, process and practices of spiritual growth and to have them experience deeper intimacy with God and others. Her expertise as a teacher and conference speaker is in helping individuals and families grow relationally, morally and spiritually.

Judy has established and directed counseling centers in churches and Christian schools and is founder of Hilltop Renewal Center for Christian leaders.She has co-edited Women and Men in Ministry, authored several journal articles, along with chapters in Foundations of Ministry: An Introduction to Christian Education for a New Generation; Short-Term Missions Boom: The Guide to International and Domestic Involvement; and the Christian Education Dictionary.

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K. Erik Thoennes

  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies Theology Department

Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.

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