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Siang-Yang Tan

Senior Professor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Department

BA, McGill University
PhD, McGill University

Courses Taught

PC819: Clinical Interventions: Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

PC832: Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Health Psychology

PG560/860: Training Lay Counselors in the Church

PI500/800: Introduction to Integration

PI806: Advanced Integration

PI817: Foundations of Christian Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive-behavioral therapy of anxiety, anger, and depression; behavioral medicine/health psychology; paraprofessional/lay counseling; cross-cultural psychology and counseling; integration of psychology and the Christian faith; spiritual disciplines and mental health; the Holy Spirit and counseling; religious psychotherapy; Christian psychology

“When the Spirit is involved in Christian counseling, we can expect that the therapist will evidence the fruit of the Spirit toward his or her clients and that the outcome of the therapy will be a person who is more and more exhibiting Christlike fruit. Shorthand for the Spirit’s fruit is agape, or Christlike love. The Spirit’s fruit of agape is powerful in Christian counseling!”


Dr. Siang-Yang, in an interview on the role of the Holy Spirit in therapy, available here.


Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan was director of the PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) program in clinical psychology (1989–1997) and is now senior professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and a Fellow of APA. He has published articles on lay counseling and lay counselor training, intrapersonal integration and spirituality, religious psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, epilepsy, pain, and cross-cultural counseling with Asians and Hispanics, as well as fifteen books including: Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry (Zondervan, 1991), Managing Chronic Pain (InterVarsity Press, 1996), Disciplines of the Holy Spirit (with Dr. Doug Gregg, Zondervan, 1997), Exercises for Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy (with Dr. Les Parrott III, McGraw-Hill, 1997), Rest: Experiencing God’s Peace in a Restless World (Regent College Publishing, 2003), Exercises for Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy (2nd ed.; with Dr. Les Parrott III; Brooks/Cole, 2003), Coping With Depression (Revised and Expanded ed.; with Dr. John Ortberg; Baker, 2004), Full Service: Moving from Self-Serve Christianity to Total Servanthood (Baker, 2006), and three major textbooks, Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective( Baker Academic, 2011), Lay Counseling (2nd ed.; with Dr. Eric Scalise; Zondervan, 2016), and Shepherding God’s People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry (Baker Academic, 2019).  He was the 1993 recipient of the Award for Contributions to Racial and Ethnic Diversity from the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), the 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) International, the 2001 recipient of the Gary. R. Collins Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the 2002 recipient of the William Bier Award for Outstanding and Sustained Contributions from Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of APA, the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Silver Award for Outstanding Influence and Leadership in the Development and Advancement of Christian Counseling Around the World and the James E. Clinton Award for Excellence in Pastoral Care and Ministry from AACC. He also received the C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for faculty excellence from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2020. He is associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Psychology and Theology, Christian Psychology: A Transdisciplinary Journal, and Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. He was president of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association (1998–1999). Dr. Tan also serves as senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, California. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Angela, and they have two grown children, Carolyn and Andrew who is married to Jenn. He is originally from Singapore.

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

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