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Brad D. Strawn

Chief of Spiritual Formation and Integration, Dean of the Chapel, and Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology and Chair of Integration, Clinical Psychology Department

BA (Psychology), Point Loma Nazarene University
MA in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology
Advanced training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
Ordained Elder/Clergy in the Church of the Nazarene

Courses Taught

PI503: Touchstones in Psychology and Theology

PI800: Introduction to Integration

PI806: Advanced Integration Seminar

PC810: Clinical Interventions: Psychodynamic

PI856: Clinical Integration Colloquium

Consultation Group; Fuller Psychological and Family Services

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Integration of psychology and Christian theology; psychoanalytic psychotherapy; clinical psychology; body, brain, and theology

“The integrative project is not a debate but a dialogue in which genuine learning, growth, and transformation take place as these two ancient disciplines of study, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, attempt to serve the kingdom of God.”


Dr. Strawn, in an essay exploring the complex intersections of psychology and theology. Read more.


Prior to joining the faculty of Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology in 2012, Dr. Strawn was professor of psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University and also practiced as a clinical psychologist and served as Vice President for Spiritual Development and Dean of the Chapel at Southern Nazarene University.

Strawn recently published, with E. Bland, Christianity and Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation (InterVarsity Press, 2014); with W.S. Brown, The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Church (Cambridge University Press, 2012); and edited, with R.W. Wright, the 2014 special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Theology “Traditioning Integration.” Among his numerous articles in journals, collections, and dictionaries, recent ones include, with W.S. Brown, “Self organizing personhood: Complex emergent dynamic linguistic relational neurophysiologicalism” (2015); with R.W. Wright, “Tradition-based integration: Illuminating the stories and practices that shape our integrative imaginations” (2014); and, with W.S. Brown, “Liturgical animals: What psychology and neuroscience tell us about formation and worship” (2013).

Strawn is a member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Studies (founding member and officer), Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies and Theology (founding member and associate director), and the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology (faculty member).

He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

Download Dr. Strawn’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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