Stephen W. Simpson

Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology

BA, Wake Forest University
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

FT508: Psychopathology and Family Systems

PC800: Clinical Foundations I

PC801: Clinical Foundations II

PC802: Clinical Foundations III

PC809: Clinical Interventions – Client-Centered

PC810: Clinical Interventions – Psychodynamic

PC831: Sexual Diversity Issues

PC836: Human Sexuality

PC837: Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

PG800: History and Systems of Psychology

PG845: Applied Diagnostic Nomenclature

Areas of Expertise

Sexuality, psychotherapy, psychopathology, depression, anxiety, marriage therapy


Stephen (Steve) Simpson began teaching at Fuller as an adjunct clinical professor in 2001, joining the School of Psychology’s full-time faculty in 2009. Dr. Simpson has a wide range of clinical experience, and has served in positions including psychologist and director of Pasadena Psychology group, director of clinical training for the School of Psychology, clinical director of Fuller Psychological and Family Services, supervisor for interns at Pasadena Mental Health Center, and therapist and youth program director at Behavioral Health Centers in Alhambra, California.

Specializing in couples therapy and individual therapy for adolescents and adults, Simpson’s interests include relationships, sexuality, anxiety, depression, and addictions. In addition to publishing articles in scholarly journals, he has written three books for a popular audience: Assaulted By Joy: The Redemption of a Cynic (2008), What Women Wish You Knew About Dating: A Single Guy’s Guide to Romance (2008), and What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Sex (co-authored with Ryan Howes and Richard Rupp, 2007). Simpson regularly leads seminars for therapists on various clinical issues, and is a frequent speaker for lay audiences on sex, dating, parenting multiples, and Christian living. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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