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Ted Cosse

Ted Cosse

Executive Director of Fuller Psychological and Family Services and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology Department

BS, Michigan State University
MBA, Case Western University
MA, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
PsyD, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Courses Taught

PC816: Program Administration

PC817: Marketing Professional Services

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Psychotherapy, business development, private practice management, clinic management, leadership development, change management, clinical training and supervision

“Healthy awareness as one matures is first of all an awareness of my own brokenness, my own limitations, my own separateness from God, my own need to reconnect. To the extent that one can start with ‘I’m incomplete, there’s a greater plan, I can’t get there on my own, I can’t get there without being in relationship with other people, I can’t get there without being in relationship with God,’ that is the beginning of wisdom.”


Ted Cosse, reflecting on the slow and painful journey toward self-awareness in a video available here.


Ted Cosse was named director of Fuller Psychological and Family Services (FPFS) in 2014, and in 2015 he joined the School of Psychology faculty and also took on leadership of Fuller’s PsyD program. In November 2018 he was named acting dean of the School of Psychology, and in the summer of 2020 became Fuller’s chief operating officer. Dr. Cosse also maintains a robust private practice, in which he specializes in providing individual psychotherapy to adults who struggle with depression and anxiety. In his practice, Cosse draws on the counseling modalities of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and existential therapy.

For 29 years Cosse worked for the Dow Chemical Company in a number of research, sales, marketing, and business management positions. He also served as chair of the board of Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex, a global joint venture focused on the research, manufacture, and sales of a variety of synthetic latex products. He resigned his position of global vice president at Dow in 2005 to pursue his doctorate degree at the Fuller School of Psychology. Cosse especially enjoys leveraging his business experience to help psychology students develop and launch their own psychological services businesses.

Cosse is a member of the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association. He sits on the board of directors for Five Acres, Boys’ & Girls’ Aid Society of Los Angeles County, and for the Fuller School of Psychology National Advisory Council. Cosse also serves as president and CEO of the Cosse-Finney Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations that provide psychological services to low-income individuals and families. He has been married for 32 years to his wife, Pam, and they have two children.