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James Sells, Ph.D.
Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health PracticeProfessorSchool of Psychology & CounselingCounseling Department757.352.4368More about James Sells, Ph.D.

James Sells, Ph.D.


Dr. James Sells is a professor for the School of Psychology & Counseling at Regent and the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice. He received his B.A. in Social Science and Secondary Education from Biola University, his M.A. in Educational Ministries from Wheaton College, his M.S.Ed. in Counseling from Northern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Sells is a licensed psychologist. His major areas of interest are marital and family therapy, supervision/professional identity formation, international applications of counseling and forgiveness/reconciliation. Sells acknowledges themes of reconciliation, the size and complexity of our world with respect to the intricacy of life, and the unique individuality of every person as forces that have not only affected the direction of his life but influence the practice of counseling and psychology at large.

Sells’ work as a counselor and psychologist has specifically focused on individual, couple and family efforts to reconcile the conflicted space that exists within and between persons. His training and career path has made stops in public and Christian secondary education, community mental health, private practice psychotherapy, and higher education in both public and Christian institutions. In his work of teaching, research, therapy and administration. Sells strives to consider the great influences of culture and individual need as he attends to the grand theme of reconciliation and redemption.


Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California M.S.Ed. Counseling, Northern Illinois University

M.A. Educational Ministries, Wheaton College

B.A. Social Science and Secondary Education, Biola University

Licensure/Certification: Licensed Psychologist


Sells, J. N. & Yarhouse, M. (2011). Counseling couples in conflict: A relationship restoration model. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press.

Yarhouse, M. & Sells, J. N. (2010). Marriage and Family Therapies: A Christian appraisal. Korean Translation. Christian Literature Crusade.

Yarhouse, M. & Sells, J. N. (2008). Marriage and Family Therapies: A Christian appraisal. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press.


American Counseling Association 1988-Present
Division Memberships:
Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
Association of Spiritual, Ethical, Religious Values in Counseling
American Psychological Association 1989-2007

Division Memberships:
Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology
Division 36, Psychology of Religion


Sells, J. N. (2015). Regent University “Excellence in Service” Award. Given for service innovation and excellence . Nominated by peers in the School of Psychology and counseling.