The School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy welcomes David C. Wang as the Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders. In this role, his academic and applied work focuses on the holistic formation of Christian leaders, inclusive of the formation of emotional health and resilience alongside the leader’s intellectual and spiritual formation. Dr. Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and serves on the editorial board for the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice. He has procured over $3.5 million in funding as principal investigator of multiple research grants and $10 million in funding as co-investigator or advisor.
His research interests include trauma and traumatic stress, spiritual formation and spiritual theology, and various topics related to multicultural psychology, peace, and justice. Wang’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Positive Psychology, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Disasters, Traumatology, and the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.
Wang teaches and speaks internationally, maintains a small clinical practice in Fullerton, California, is pastor of spiritual formation at One Life City Church, and serves on the advisory board of several organizations. He also consults with the Global Aftercare Program of the International Justice Mission, and has co-authored their manual on Trauma Informed Care. He has also contributed to and/or appeared on several media platforms and podcasts, including Christianity Today, Psychology Today, Dawn and Steve in the Morning (Moody Radio), and Faith & Leadership (Duke Divinity).