Experts on "Teens"

Dennis Eastman

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Eastman spent 15 years serving in multiple roles in the field of education (Social Studies teacher, coach, Athletic Director, and Director of Faculty Induction) before becoming the principal of Nova Academy Early College High School, in Santa Ana, California. During his tenure as principal, U.S. News and World Report recognized Nova Academy with a Bronze Medal ranking as one of the most improved schools in California.

Dr. Eastman is currently serving Biola University as the Director of Teacher Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise, and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators.

Dr. Eastman's research agenda has focused on equipping teachers in student motivation program design, creating an environment of attempt for all learners, and preparing teachers in international settings. Currently Dr. Eastman is researching the impact of Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) and Cooperative Learning (CL) on student achievement

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Stacy Eltiti

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

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. Eltiti's appointment calendar is available.

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Sean McDowell

  • Assistant Professor

Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a biblical worldview. Sean is an assistant professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University. He is the Resident Scholar for Summit California.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps him have exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors and parents alike. In 2008, he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot School of Theology with a master’s degree in theology and another in philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies in 2014 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Backyard Skeptics, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean has also appeared as a guest on radio shows such as Family Life Today, Point of View, Stand to Reason, Common Sense Atheism and the Hugh Hewitt Show. Sean has been quoted in many publications, including the New York Times.

Sean is the author, co-author or editor of over 18 books including The Fate of the Apostles (Routledge, 2015); A New Kind of Apologist (Harvest House, 2016); The Beauty of Intolerance (Barbour, 2016); Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, with John Stonestreet (Baker, 2014); Is God Just a Human Invention? with Jonathan Morrow; and Understanding Intelligent Design, with William A. Dembski. Sean has also written multiple books with his father, Josh McDowell, including The Unshakable Truth, More Than A Carpenter and an update for Evidence that Demands a Verdict (2017). Sean is the general editor for The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written for YouthWorker Journal, Decision Magazine and the Christian Research Journal. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at seanmcdowell.org.

In April 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano. Sean played college basketball at Biola and was captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7.

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Armida Bustamante Millán

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

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.

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