Feb. 21, 2018
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.
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. Anderson has a broad interest in the field of clinical psychology. She teaches psychopathology and ethics and law and is especially interested in the training of professional psychologists. Dr. Anderson's research interests focus on gender issues, attachment, ethics and law and conflict resolution, in addition to previous work in the area of eating disorders. She also has extensive experience in providing workshops on topics required for licensure in various mental health and related professions. In addition to her teaching duties, Dr. Anderson is the Associate Dean of Graduate Students and serves as the Chair of the Admissions and Academic Qualifications Committee.
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.
Luciano Cid grew up in Argentina until he was thirteen years of age. It was then when his parents made the complex decision to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life for their children. At the beginning, Cid struggled both socially and academically, which was something he had never experienced before. With time, he began to be able to communicate using his second language (English), which assisted him in acclimating to his new surroundings. As this occurred, he became more socially and academically capable. Nevertheless, Cid never forgot the emotional and academic difficulties that he experienced during his adjustment period in his new country.
Consequently, after completing his double major in philosophy and religious studies at the California State University of Fullerton, he entered a teaching credential program at Chapman University. During his time at Chapman, Cid investigated the emotional and academic potential that low income and immigrant students could gain if a teacher were to make him/herself emotionally available. It was also at Chapman when Cid was introduced to the interconnection that exists between neuroscience, psychology and education, which lead him to want to explore more about these subjects. This desire led Cid to receive an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of Mind, Brain and Education (MBE). While at Harvard, God stirred his heart to apply to a doctoral program. Consequently, after a short term experiencing frigid Bostonian weather, he found himself back in sunny Southern California attending a doctoral program at the University of Southern California (USC). His training at USC was mainly in the fields of educational leadership and educational psychology.
Cid currently resides in Newport Beach, CA. with his son (Matias), daughter (Italia) and lovely wife (Janelle). His research interests include: the academic, socio-emotional and spiritual formation of children through authentic experiences; the integration of the field of Mind, Brain and Education (MBE) with spirituality; and teacher preparation, support and development. However, his greatest professional passion will continue to be to use and share the skills and knowledge with which God has blessed him in order to alleviate the emotional and academic shortfalls that children may be suffering in their academic environments.
Laura Dryjanska obtained a European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in the field of social psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and is currently an assistant professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Her research interests include social representations applied to diverse fields: migration, human trafficking, intergenerational solidarity, ageing, place-identity, and organizational psychology. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).
Dr. Dryjanska belongs to INTERFASOL, the European interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), action IS1311, dedicated to intergenerational family solidarity across Europe. She is also a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska recently served as the Coordinator for Italy of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery; among other engagements, she represented this organization during the Working Group on “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” organized in 2013 by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences (Final Statement).
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.
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.
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.
Peter C. Hill, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, in La Mirada, CA. Before coming to Rosemead in 2002, he served for 17 years as Professor of Psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. In 2006 he was honored with a faculty appointment at the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies of the Faculty of Divinity. Hill is an active researcher in social psychology and the psychology of religion where he has authored approximately 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He is a past president of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and was elected Fellow of the APA in 1998. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) in 1998. He has co-authored or co-edited six books: Measures of Religiosity (1999), the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology (1999), The Psychology of Fundamentalism: An Intratextual Approach (2005), Psychology and Christianity Integration: Seminal Works that Shaped the Movement (2007) and the best-selling psychology of religion textbook The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach (2009) and Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality (2012).
Personal Statement on Research Interests
My research interests focus on five major areas in the psychology of religion: 1) religious/spiritual measurement, 2) religious fundamentalism, 3) positive psychological virtues such as humility and forgiveness, 4) the role of affect in religious or spiritual experience and 5) workplace spirituality.
1. Religious/Spiritual Measurement
Measurement is not the most exciting topic, but the ability to reliably measure is a key indicator of the maturity of a field of scientific study. To this end, I have invested much of my time looking at measurement issues and have tried to provide resources for researchers to use existing measures rather than needlessly developing new measures.
In 1999 I co-edited (with Ralph Hood) a volume entitled Measures of Religiosity, a compendium of reviews of over 125 measures of religious experience. The book has been widely used by researchers, clergy and denominational leaders. Since then I have been collecting information on the many new measures developed in recent years and would like to provide a companion volume, especially with measures focused on contemporary notions of spirituality. What was not included in the first volume was a chapter on measures with specific populations, including children. This oversight would be corrected in a second volume.
Deserving special mention is an article I co-authored in the American Psychologist (Hill & Pargament, 2003) where we contend that there are now measurement instruments that can begin to uncover the functional value of religion and spirituality, particularly in relation to mental and physical health. The fact that religion and spirituality are related to health is no longer news. Now researchers must address why and we provided researchers with a review of exemplary measures that we think can help uncover the religion-health connection. The most recent updates in the field are covered in two recently completed book chapters, both of which will carry a 2013 publication date (Hill, in press: Hill & Smith, in press).
2. Religious Fundamentalism
Our book The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism (Hood, Hill, & Williamson, 2005) has generated considerable interest in the psychology of religion. We argue that fundamentalism is best conceptualized as an intratextual search for meaning, whereby a single sacred text (written or oral) is the authoritative guide to which all other forms of knowledge must subordinate. We have just submitted a paper for review of a scale that measures this intratextual model. We hope to develop an ongoing empirical program of research based on this conceptualization.
3. Development of Positive Virtues
Religion has much to offer the field of psychology (Hill, 1999). Nowhere is this more true than in the study of virtue. Sandage and Hill (2001) have outlined the construct of virtue by drawing on moral philosophy, much of which is related to religious and spiritual traditions. We identified 6 dimensions to the concept of virtue: integrated ethics and health, embodied character traits, a source of strength and resilience, a contributor to meaning and purpose, is grounded in cognitive capacity for wisdom and is embedded within a cultural context. Religious traditions, it seems to me, have the unusual potential to help develop virtuous character. My particular interests are humility and forgiveness. I currently have an ongoing research program on humility with three graduate students.
4. The Affective Basis of Religion
I also have had an ongoing interest in the relationship between religion and feeling states (Hill, 1995, 1999, 2002; Hill & Hood, 1999). William James emphasized the importance of emotions to religion and it has been overlooked since then. In particular, I believe that the attraction toward religion is that it frequently provides a framework for more positive affect, a point I make most directly in my 2002 article by looking at spiritual transformation in light of Barbara Frederickson’s broaden-and-build theory of affect.
5. Workplace Spirituality
I have always had an interest in this topic, but only recently have I started to publish in this area. Of special note is an upcoming book that I co-edited that will carry a 2012 publication date (Hill & Dik, 2012).
Kevin Van Lant is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He teaches courses in pastoral care and counseling, marriage counseling, psychopathology and health psychology. Van Lant has a clinical practice at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT), a large, non-profit Christian counseling center in Orange County, Calif.
He also serves on the board of directors for CIFT. In his clinical role, he works primarily with depression, anxiety and stress disorders as well as couples and those suffering from long-term emotional and spiritual distress. Van Lant speaks on a broad range of topics including men’s issues, parenting, marriage and general relationships issues. He is married and the father of three sons. In his spare time he likes to sail, fly-fish, read, listen to music and anything related to hanging out with his wife and boys.
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.
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 non-profit community mental health center that specializes in children and families that are underprivileged. At this agency, he provided direct clinical services as well as clinical supervision. His specialities include: children, families, play therapy, trauma, abuse, parenting, psychological assessment, and clinical training.
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.
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.
Dale Sprowl teaches critical thinking, writing and literature at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. During summers she administrates the Young Writer’s Project at UCI. Her work with the UCI Writing Project began in 1981 in professional development coursework in cognition and composition. She also has contributed to the UCIWP texts on the teaching of writing. Her first chapbook, The Colors of Water, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007. Her poems have also appeared in Pearl, Fire, A New Song, Ancient Paths, and Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Places. She earned her bachelors degree in humanities and in history as well as a masters degree in history from Pepperdine University. Her affiliation with the school has continued by teaching in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and by supervising elementary and secondary student teachers. She is an Educator Associate for the American Psychoanalytic Association. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband and youngest daughter while her older daughter attends graduate school and her son works.
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.