Using the Practitioner-Scholar model, the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology trains professionals to provide clinical services and to implement and evaluate innovative treatment programs. This program is normally accomplished in five years and requires the completion of at least 214 units in the School of Psychology, and, as part of our commitment to deep theological integration, at least 28 units in Fuller’s School of Theology.

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Dissertations from 2018

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Shame in Middle Eastern Muslims a Literature Review Toward Clinical Implication, Ashkan D. Amlashi

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Culture, Emotion, and Repairing Attachment Injury: A Case Study Using Emotionally Focused Therapy With a Chinese Couple, Regina C. Ho

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A Curriculum to Address Incongruence, Isolation, Shame, and Ethic of Christian Emerging Adults’ Sexuality, Byron A. Rivera, Jr.

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The Impact of Forgiveness on PTSD Symptoms in Salvadoran Teachers Exposed to Community Violence, Roanne J. Tiongson

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Religious Support and Emotional Functioning in India Across Three Major Religions, Jessica R. Torrecillas

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Socio-Emotional Projective Themes of Adolescents Involved in Prostitution, Carly Trask-Kuchta

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Factors Contributing to Attrition Among Depressed Ethnic Minority Patients Seen in a Primary Care Setting, Whitney E. Woodcox

Dissertations from 2017

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Neighborhood Disorganization, Social Support, and Psychological Distress Among Salvadoran Adolescents, Edden M. Agonafer

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Toward Whole-Person Recovery: Spiritual Transcendence, New Meaning, and Renewed Self-Relationship After Traumatically-Acquired Physical Disability, Julie C. Brown

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Campus Sexual Violence: The Impact of Disclosure on Mental Health, Katelin B. Double

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Children’s Views of Catholic Saints, Lisa Z. Gonzalez

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The Role of the Local Church in Addressing Trauma in African-American Communities: An Examination of Relevant Empirical Literature, Sarah A. Hill

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Seeking but Not Sealing the Deal: The Exploratory Reality of Identity Status and Spirituality in Emerging Adulthood, Christine M. Merola

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Executive Functioning and Resilience: Learning Outcomes During High Fidelity Training in Humanitarian Aid Workers, Kyle H. Nixon

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A Critical Analysis of the Literature on Historical Trauma and African American Women, Alexandra J. Scott

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Preoccupied in the Transition to Motherhood: Ana’s Journey Toward Mentalizing, Kelsey M. Smoker Baker

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Developing Resilience in North American Missionaries: Program Evaluation of CRM’s Adelante Training, Morgan L. Sorenson

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Who Am I and How Do I Become Myself: A Group Curriculum for Identity Development, Jodi L. Tompkins

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Psychotherapy Outcome Research: A Critical Analysis of Current Trends, Andrew M. Webster

Dissertations from 2016

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Embodied Grief: A Curriculum for Bereavement Groups in Evangelical Churches, Jeremy Cernero

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An Exploration of Shame, Spiritual Practices, and Compassion in a Community-Based Group, Gillian D. Grannum

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Peace & Justice Labs: A Curriculum for Moral Education, Danielle J. Neddo

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Baptism and Eucharist as a Model for Embodied Ritual in Restoration Therapy, Elvins Ozolins

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Nature and Grace in Psychotherapy: A Dialogue Between John Paul II and Karl Barth on the Redemptive Value of Psychotherapy, Thomas B. Paulus

Dissertations from 2015

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Contributors to Student Thriving in an Academic Setting, Maria D. Austin

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Towards a Cultural Psychology of Religion: Differences Between American and Chinese Expressions on Religiosity, Neil A. C. Cortez

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Impact of Sports on Youth Development: Positive and Negative Outcomes, Luke J. Davidiuk

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Psychometric Evaluation of a Korean Translation of the DAS, JungHyun Hong

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Hardiness Resources in an Inpatient Nursing Population, Hannah N. Krueger

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Exploring Purpose Development Within African American At-Risk Adolescents, Arielle J. Newman

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Weaving a Self Story: How Cultural Narratives Meet and Affect Psychotherapy With Polycultural Persons, Edward E. Ng

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Interhemispheric Communication in Healthy Aging Individuals, Heather A. Schroeder

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African American Pastors and Traditional Professional Mental Health Services: An Investigation of the Influence of Worldview on Perceptions and Engagement, Kimberly V. Tarman

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Exploring Social Influences in Diverse Spiritual Exemplars, Jonathan D. Weber

Dissertations from 2014

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A Narrative-Based Premarital Preparation Resource for Pastors and Couples, Jennifer A. G. Armstrong

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The Thriving Conversation Project: A Pilot Assessment of the Use of Thriving Principles With Sexually Exploited Youth, Lisa K. Criswell

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Photos and Narratives of Well-Being in Former Child Soldiers in Uganda, Quincee Gideon

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Managing Marital Conflict in Mainland China: A Culturally Appropriate Approach, Erika B. Lara

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Religious Commitment, Comfort With Sexuality, and Sexual Dysfunctional Beliefs, George A. Lazo

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“As the Church Gets Big, We Have to Get Small”: A Program Evaluation of Montrose Church’s LifeGroups Program, Connor B. McClenahan

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The Therapeutic Action of Grief and Mourning: A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Grieving the Loss of God, Elise J. Middleton

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Resilience and Sense of Purpose In At-Risk Youth: A Critical Analysis of the Literature, Rashida A. Mosley

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Coping and Burnout in a Sample of Salvadoran Teachers, Kelsey E. Penner

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Patient Patients? The Virtue of Patience and Severe Mental Illness, Diana B. Ro

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The Effects of Film on Viewers’ Morality, Matthew A. Russell

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The Moderating Effects of Attachment to God on Disordered Eating Behaviors, Alyssa M. Strenger

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Whose Spirituality? Investigating Modes of Self-Construal in Spirituality Measures Through Content Analysis, Nathaniel R. Strenger

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Addressing the Problem of Recidivism in Los Angeles Mission WorkStart Participants: A Process Evaluation, Reshale L. Thomas

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Exploring the Role of Empathy and Exploration Behavior As Mediators of the Relationship Between Adolescent Trust in a Significant, Nonfamilial Adult and Prosocial Intentions and Volunteer Behavior, Brooke F. Yetter

Dissertations from 2013

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Where These Intersect: A Critical Analysis of the Literature on Attachment, Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community, Andrea D. Bailey

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Developing a Resource Curriculum for the Ikhaya Lempilo HIV Support Group in South Africa, Mariam Baim

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Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Scale 8 (Sc) of the MMPI-2, Grace M. Goodman

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Teaching Trauma Care: An Evaluation of the Care Corps Training Program in Northern Uganda, Rebekah S. Kilman

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Rethinking Marital Intervention for Asian Americans, Phillip Lowe

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Morally Injurious Experiences, Meaning, and Spiritual Functioning in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Jesse D. Malott

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Leadership and Therapeutic Outcomes: A Case Study Examining the Contribution of Servant Leadership to Symptom Remission and Client Satisfaction, Heather P. Meyer

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Resilience and Wellbeing in a Sample of Singaporean Clergy, Pat K. Moon

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The “First Man”: Exploring the Gender and Marital Roles of African American Husbands Married to Female Pastors, John A. Nelson

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New Masculinity: Exploring the Effects of a Men’s Initiation Weekend, J. Ryan Poling

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The Relational and Affective Experience Within Transformation: Examining the Role of Prayer, Laura E. Rold

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Children’s Attachment to God: Associations With Parent-Child Attachment and God Concepts, Rebecca D. Rouse

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Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Motivational Interviewing in a College Counseling Setting, Stephanie S. Smolinski

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Prayer Choice: A Motivational Prayer Intervention, Shaun M. J. Wehle

Dissertations from 2012

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Program Evaluation of the Strong Marriages Successful Ministries Program, Valerie M. Johnson

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Understanding Processes of Family Resiliency From the Perspective of Urban Ministry Workers, Rachel L. Langford

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The Role of Attachment in the Psychological Development of the Siblings of Children Affected by Autism: An Analysis, Jennifer S. Lee-Dick

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The Influence of Parental Monitoring and Support on Faith Development in Late Adolescence, Annie Mathew

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Patterns of Regional Cerebral Blood Flow in the Subgenual Cingulate Cortex (BA 25) and the Precuneus (BA 7) of Patients Who Completed Suicide, Patients With ADHD, and Healthy Controls, Brittany L. Rader

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Negative Spiritual Responses to Trauma: Lessons From Urban Ministry Workers, Jessica M. Smedley

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Effectiveness of the Restoration Model: An Intensive Marital Therapy, Andrew P. Sonnekalb

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Religious and Social Influences on the Sexual Behavior Practices of Emerging Adults, Brooks Thome

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Loneliness, Extraversion, and Youth Group Involvement, Katherine S. Woods

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Reasons for Conversion to Islam Among African American and Caucasian American Women, LaShelle M. Zellner

Dissertations from 2011

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Barriers to Professional Help-Seeking Among Korean Americans: Acculturation, Stigma, and Attitudes, Stacy S. Choi

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Teaching As Urban Ministry: Teaching-Specific Chronic Stressors and Burnout in Urban Ministry, Sean M. Love

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Evaluating the Academy Training Program (ATP): The Relation Between Participating in ATP and Performance in the Academy, Jenna S. Wierenga

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Field Training Officers’ Ratings of Communication and Listening Skills in Police Officer Trainees, Jonathan S. Y. Wong

Dissertations from 2010

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Protective Power of Purpose: Evidence for an Inverse Relationship Between Purpose and Psychological Distress Across Ethnic Groups in Adolescence, Jessica L. Bucknam

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Exposure to Violence and Grades: What Role Do Adults Play?, Kayla J. Davidson

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Parent-Child Interaction Training:A Psychoeducational Modification of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Elizabeth A. Wagner

Dissertations from 2009

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Identity As Impacted by Christian Conversion During Adolescence, Sara B. Dunn