Mar. 25, 2017
Tania Abouezzeddine has studied and has experience in several areas of the field of psychology working on topics such as trauma, pediatric psychology, cross-cultural psychology and clinical neuropsychology. She is currently an associate professor of psychology at Biola and had worked at the University of Southern California before joining us here at Biola. Abouezzeddine graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon with a degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree at Boston University and later her doctorate in psychology specializing in clinical science at the University of Southern California. During her doctorate studies, Abouezzeddine studied the effects of social support from friends and family on adolescents consistently bullied in their school environment.
In addition to her work in the area of school trauma, Abouezzeddine received extensive training in the area of clinical neuropsychology working with populations across the lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics. After earning her doctorate, Abouezzeddine completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specialized in pediatric neuropsychology assessing children with traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, and learning and developmental disabilities. In addition to clinical and academic work, Abouezzeddine is heavily involved in ministry both within her community and internationally. She has been in a position of leadership in her local Bible Study Fellowship class since 2006 and currently holds the position of class administrator. She currently leads one of the children Sunday school classes at her home church and is involved with international holistic training with World Orphans.
Electra joined Biola in 2015 after completing her MSN at Duke University. She comes to Biola with a passion for nursing education and is looking forward to being a part of the Biola team for many years to come. Her professional nursing career includes working as a critical care registered nurse in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. Electra also worked in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Electra has been actively involved in the Emergency Nurses’ Association. She spent two years on the national committee, helping to design the educational programs for the annual conference. She has also written items for the Pediatric Certification Board's Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam. Prior to her nursing career, she worked in her church’s children’s and creative arts ministries, and she was actively involved in women’s ministry where she helped to coordinate baby showers for families at the local crisis pregnancy center.
Dr. 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 for individuals with Dr. Leslie Greenberg, the founder of EFT. He is a certified EFT Couple therapist having received training from Dr. Susan Johnson. He teaches courses in individual and couple therapy at Rosemead using EFT and Brief Dynamic approaches. He has conducted seminars presenting EFT to professionals in the US and Asia. He also has conducted seminars on marriage and missionary care in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Dr. 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 Dr. Todd Hall of the Spiritual Assessment Inventory. He has held prior faculty positions at Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. 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, Dr. Eltiti teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of statistics, experimental, and cognitive psychology. Dr. 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.
Dr. Millán teaches graduate courses in marriage & family therapy, child/adolescent therapy, family psychopathology, multicultural issues in therapy, and an undergraduate course in the psychology of family. Dr. 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. Dr. Millán is currently inactive on Individual Ready-Reserve Status. Dr. Millán conducts parenting workshops and seminars on various topics, including ethnic minorities in education. Dr. Millán maintains a small clinical practice specializing in depression and anxiety, as well as family and child/adolescent issues.
Dr. 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). Dr. 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, CA.