Experts on "Mental Health"

Tania Abouezzeddine

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Tania Abouezzeddine has studied and has experience in several areas in 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, previously at the University of Southern California. 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 postdoctoral 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 a children's Sunday school class at her home church and is involved with international holistic training with World Orphans.

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Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Electra Allen’s teaching interests are in the areas of pediatric nursing, mental health nursing and nursing pharmacology. She teaches courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program including Pediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, and Essentials of Clinical Nursing Pharmacology. She uses discussion, group work, simulation, case studies and reflection in her pedagogy. Integration of Christian faith includes “enhancing empathy for patients experiencing auditory hallucinations,” “the role of a Christian nurse in enhancing coping and adjustment,” an emphasis on nonjudgmental spiritual care, and reflective prayerful activities about student’s academic and clinical experiences in the nursing program.  

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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. Dr. Canada is also Co-Chair, Protection of Human Rights in Research Committee; Prepracticum Coordinator; and Associate Editor, Journal of Psychology and Theology.

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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. and Psy.D. research. She also serves as co-chair of the Protection of Human Rights in Research Committee and the Director of Research of the graduate program at Rosemead School of Psychology.

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 and leadership development. He has won awards for his research from the American Psychological Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.  Dr. Hall has published extensively in journals such as Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 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 the Journal of Psychology and Theology.

Dr. Hall 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) called Transformational Psychology.  He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Relational Spirituality: An Integrative Paradigm for Spiritual Transformation, with IVP Academic.

Dr. Hall has developed/co-developed several commercial assessments, including the MCORE, as well as the Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI), and SpiritPulse, which are among the most widely used spiritual assessment tools among Christian colleges and universities.

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

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Christina Lee-Kim

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Undergraduate Psychology Internship Coordinator

Christina Lee Kim is an associate professor of psychology at Biola University and a licensed clinical psychologist. She regularly teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs and supervises doctoral research. Her research interests include cross-cultural and multicultural psychology, mental health issues and the church, Asian-American psychology, and the use of qualitative research methods. Dr. Kim and her husband and their three daughters reside in Fullerton and are members of Crossway OC church where Dr. Kim serves as one of the worship leaders.

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Joseph De Luna

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

Joseph De Luna is a clinical psychologist and registered play therapist, specializing in children and families. He graduated from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in 2010. Since then, he has worked at The Guidance Center in Long Beach, which is a nonprofit community mental health center serving underprivileged children and families. At this agency, he provided direct clinical services as well as clinical supervision. His specialties include: children, families, play therapy, trauma, abuse, parenting, psychological assessment and clinical training.

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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

  • Associate 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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