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Andrea Canales

Andrea Canales

Affiliate Professor of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy

BA in Child Development, Point Loma Nazarene University
MA in Family Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
MA in Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
MA in Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary


Drea Canales, originally from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She also holds an MA in Family Studies with an emphasis in Children at Risk, an MA in Intercultural Studies, and an MA in Psychology from Fuller. As a clinician Dr. Canales has worked extensively with clients from diverse backgrounds at Azusa Pacific University, City of Hope, Huntington Hospital, Child and Family Guidance Center, and Fuller Psychological and Family Services. Currently Canales works as a clinician at Relate Therapy Center working with couples and individuals in both Spanish and English with a focus on complex trauma, systemic factors, cultural context, and relational growth. Canales has also been in pastoral leadership for the last 18 years among the Latina community in the greater Los Angeles area. Presently, she is in pastoral leadership at La Fuente Ministries in Pasadena. As an affiliate faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary she has taught courses in both the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy and the School of Mission and Theology. Her research expertise is in the areas of resilience, trauma, complicated grief processes, and spiritual and cultural integration.


Understanding Complicated Grief in the Face of Traumatic Losses Due to Terrorism: A Mixed-Methods Study in an Internally Displaced People’s Camp in Nigeria