Graduate Theological Union

R. Scott Sullender

R. Scott Sullender imageSan Francisco Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling & Interim Director, Advanced Pastoral Studies

At GTU since 2006

Ph.D., The School of Theology at Claremont 1978
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary 1973
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary 1970
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Phone: 415/451-2800

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Loss, Grief, and Trauma
  • Psychology and Spirituality of Aging
  • Addiction and Its Treatment


Selected Publications

  • "Vicarious Grieving and the Media," Pastoral Psychology, vol. 59, no. 2, (April 2010). 
  • "Grief and Bereavement Revisited: Introduction to Special Issue," Guest Editor.  Pastoral Psychology, vol. 59, no. 2, (April 2010).
  • "Psyche and Soul: Dialogue at the Crossroads of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction," with Sam Hamilton-Poore, D.Min.  Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, vol 15, no. 1 (March 2009).
  • "Fear as a Dynamic in Supervision," Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, vol. 28 (2008).
  • Losses in Later Life: Second Edition (Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 1999).
  • Passing Through: Reflections on the Twenty-Third Psalm (Prescott, AZ: Educational Ministries, 1998).