Carissa Dwiwardani, Ph.D.

PSC Director

Associate Professor


After obtaining her undergraduate degree in psychology from Biola University, Dr. Carissa Dwiwardani continued her graduate training, allowing continued mentorship by Biola faculty members, whom she credits as tremendously impacting her thinking and professional development. Her current research interests revolve around the construct of humility, posttraumatic growth and their cross-cultural applications. Additionally, her interests are in studying the development of multicultural competence among service providers in training, particularly in relation to the service providers' ability to reflect on their own culture, worldviews and values.

Clinically, Dwiwardani's training and experiences focus on the delivery of culturally sensitive services to those who suffer from severe mental illnesses through community mental health services. Inherent in the different components of her work is the belief that all truth is God's truth. Research, clinical work, teaching and mentorship all provide opportunities of encountering God and his truth, and Dwiwardani asserts that this is what ultimately makes her work rewarding.

What excites her the most about psychology is that as a relatively young field, there is still much to be learned and gleaned in the study of the human psyche. With much of the territory left unchartered, the heartbeat of Dwiwardani's work in psychology is in being aware of and evaluating cultural assumptions that inevitably color the claims we make as a field.




Dean’s Scholarship, Rosemead School of Psychology International Leadership Grant,

Biola University Rosemead Scholarships International Student Aid Grant,

Biola University Dean’s List,

Biola University The National Dean’s Lists International Leadership Grant,

Biola University Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities Distinguished Student in Psychology, Biola University



Kurniati, N. M. T., Worthington Jr., E. L., Poerwandari, E. K., Ginanjar, A. S., & Dwiwardani, C. (Under Review). Forgiveness in Context within Bronfenbrenner's Bioecology Framework: Effect of Harmonious Value, Attachment and Rumination in Javanese Collectivistic Culture.

Dwiwardani, C., & Waters, A. J. (Spring 2015). "Fostering cultural humility in Christian clinical psychology programs." Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Newsletter, 39, 4-8.

Wooldridge, T., Dwiwardani, C., & Prasad, S. (2014). "Cultural training in internship: A relational model founded on cultural humility." Psychotherapy Bulletin, 49(3), 19-26.

Ripley, J., & Dwiwardani, C. (2014). "Integration of Christianity in research and statistics courses." Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42, 220-227.

Dwiwardani, C., Hill, P. C., Bollinger, R. A., Marks, L. E., Steele, J. R., Doolin, H. N., Wood, S. L., Davis, D. E. & Hook, J. (2014). "Virtues develop from a secure base: Attachment and resilience as predictors of humility, gratitude and forgiveness." Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42, 83-90.

Dwiwardani, C. (2013, May). "A reflection on cultural humility." InkBlot, Regent University PsyD Program Monthly Newsletter.

Hill, P. C. & Dwiwardani, C. (2010). "Measurement at the interface of psychiatry and religion: Issues and existing measures." In Peter J. Verhagen (Ed.), Psychiatry and religion: Pushing back the boundaries. Explorations at the interface. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Association for Psychology Training Clinics, Member American Psychological Association, Member Division 36: Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Division 39: Psychoanalysis Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology

Meet Our Faculty

Anna Ord, Psy.D.

M.S. in General Psychology Program Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4673 annashi@regent.edu
Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Assistant PSC Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4292 cpage@regent.edu
Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.

Director of Marriage & Ministry Assessment Training & Empowerment (MMATE) Center


757.352.4296 jennrip@regent.edu
Anderson B. Rowan, Ph.D.

Psy.D. Program Director


757.352.4433 arowan@regent.edu
James N. Sells, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academics


757.352.4368 jsells@regent.edu
Jacqueline R. Smith, Ed.D.

Counseling Department Chair

Clinical Counseling Programs Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4499 jrsmith@regent.edu
Amy Trout, Psy.D.

MA in Human Services Counseling Program Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4349 atrout@regent.edu
Cyrus Williams, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision Program Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4576 cwilliams2@regent.edu