Graduate Theological Union

Religion and Psychology







Student Work


Jacob Hee Cheol Lee, Exploring
Shame: Re-articulation through the
Lens of Social Psychology and Korean



Related Blogs


The Apostle Paul and
Post-Traumatic Stress
, the
woundedness and healing of Paul,
veterans, and others who suffer, by
Robert Collie (Ph.D. '70)



This area of Concentration is available to students affiliated with the following schools: ABSW, CDSP, PLTS, PSR, SFTS


This area explores the contemporary disciplines of psychology, religious traditions, and modes of care and healing. Inherent to the area is the assumption that the resources of contemporary psychology, including social psychology, racial-ethnic, feminist, and cross-cultural perspectives, provide crucial theories and methods that enhance the quality of human life and enrich understandings of religion and theology.


M.A. Requirements



The Religion and Psychology area is not accepting new doctoral students at this time. However, faculty in this Area offer courses, contribute to the interdisciplinary aspects of doctoral programs in other areas, and are available for membership on student's examination and dissertation committees.



Consortial Faculty Resources

PETER YUICHI CLARK • ABSW (Pastoral Care) • Spiritual care in Asian and Pacific Islander populations; dynamics of aging and religious faith; implications of Buddhist-Christian interreligious dialogue for pastoral caregiving; spiritual assessment based on the capacity for hoping/hopefulness; cultural competence and humility in spiritual caregiving; Clinical Pastoral Education.

HORACE GRIFFIN • PSR (Field Education and Pastoral Leadership) • Pastoral leadership (emphasis on religious and social justice) practical theology (study of narrative); pastoral theology (gender and sexuality); psychology of religion; intersection of race and homosexuality in the context of Christianity, particularly the Black Church.

DAIJAKU KINST • IBS (Buddhism and Pastoral Care) • Foundations & development of Buddhist pastoral care, chaplaincy, counseling in interfaith context; critical foundations for effective interfaith dialogue; interface of traditional Buddhist psychology and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives; the teachings of Eihei Dogen: Buddha Nature, Time and Self; contemplative development and the experience of Trust.

SCOTT SULLENDER • SFTS (Pastoral Counseling) • Loss, grief, and trauma; psychology and spirituality of aging; addiction and its treatment; interface between psychology and spirituality.