Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


In the mid-1990s, a counselor with an appreciation for the spiritual life insightfully and intuitively sensed that the development of Professor Gabriel Dy-Liacco's relationship with God was the key to his psychological healing and growth. In this psycho-spiritual work, the Lord showed Dy-Liacco how he loved him, both frailties and talents, and how he could use these well to serve God and His people.

In 1997, he began his master's studies in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland, continued on to the doctoral program in 1999, and received a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling in 2006. Dy-Liacco taught in Regent University's M.A. in Community Counseling Program, in Washington, D.C., from 2005 to 2007. Following, he moved to the pastoral counseling department of Loyola College in Maryland, now named Loyola University Maryland. Throughout this journey, the value of a sense of personal connection with God repeatedly surfaced in experiences shared by his academic colleagues and students, and by numerous clients in varied settings, such as a military family center, an inpatient addictions rehabilitation center, a community mental health clinic, a private practice and a psychiatric treatment center for clergy.

Dy-Liacco enjoys being able to help students ask and answer their questions about healing wounded emotions, thoughts, behavior and relationships. He considers it a blessing to be able to study freely and rigorously the interface of psychology, religion and spirituality, and to facilitate the development of students' competence in clinical counseling, to engage students in the dialogue between contemporary counseling theory, practice and the Christian worldview.


Alpha Sigma Nu

Chi Sigma Iota

Marquis' Who's Who in America, 2006 -2014

Marquis' Who's Who in Medicine & Healthcare, 2004-2014

Marquis' Who's Who in the World, 2006, 2009-2014

Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 2002-2003


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles/Booklets & Book Chapters:

Mitchell, D., Todd., S.M., Dy-Liacco, G.S. (n.d.). "School and School Counselor Attributes and the ASCA National Model." Professional School Counseling. Manuscript under review.

Compton, L., Todd, S., Dy-Liacco, G.S. et al. (n.d.). "Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction among Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Providers." Traumatology. Manuscript under review.

Werdel, M.B., Dy-Liacco, G. S., Cairrocchi, J. W., Wicks, R., & Breslford, G. (2013). "The unique role of spirituality in the process of growth following stress and trauma." Pastoral Psychology, 62.

McEntee, M. L., Dy-Liacco, G. S., & Haskins, D. (2013). "Human flourishing: A natural home for spirituality." The Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. Manuscript accepted for publication.

Dy-Liacco, G. S., Piedmont, R. L., Murray-Swank, N. A., Rodgerson, T. E., & Sherman, M. F. (2009). "Spirituality and religiosity as cross-cultural aspects of human experience." Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 1, 35-52.

Piedmont, R. L., Sherman, M. F., Sherman, N. C., Dy-Liacco, G. S., & Williams, J. E. G. (2009). "Using the Five-Factor Model to identify a new personality disorder domain: The case for experiential permeability." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1245-1258.

Piedmont, R. L., Ciarrocchi, J. W., Dy-Liacco, G. S., & Williams, J. E. G. (2009). "The empirical and conceptual value of the spiritual transcendence and religious involvement scales for personality research." Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. In press.

Breslford, G. M., Marinelli, S., Ciarrocchi, J. W., & Dy-Liacco, G. S. (2009). "Generativity and spiritual disclosure in close relationships." Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. In press.

Ciarrocchi, J. W., Dy-Liacco, G. S., & Deneke, E. (2008). "Gods or rituals? Relational faith, spiritual discontent, and religious practices as predictors of hope and optimism." Journal of Positive Psychology, 3, 120-136.

Dy-Liacco, G., Kennedy, C., Parker, D., & Piedmont, R. L. (2005). "Spiritual transcendence as an unmediated causal predictor of psychological growth and worldview among Filipinos." Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 16, 261-286.

Dy-Liacco, G., Piedmont, R. L., Leach, M. M., & Nelson, R. (2003). "A content analysis of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion from 1997 to 2001: Where we have been and where we hope to go." Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 14, 277-288.

Dy-Liacco, G. (2002). "Test review: The Adjective Check List." Newsnotes, 40 (2), 3-4.

Dy-Liacco, G. S. (Ed.). (2011). Guide for mentors (booklet). Pasig City, Philippines: University of Asia and the Pacific.


Professional Affiliations & Development: American Counseling Association, Professional Member; American Psychological Association, Division 36, Member

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