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Amy Trout, Psy.D.
M.A. in Human Services Program DirectorPrincipal Lecturer757.352.4349

Amy Trout, Psy.D.


Dr. Amy Trout decribes the Christian story as one of creation, brokenness, redemption and hope, and that each of our lives highlight these very themes. For Christians to integrate their faith with learning, it is essential to obtain a scientific understanding of psychology with a deep respect and awe for God's work in human lives and sound Christian theology.

For Trout, the relationship between psychology and Christian faith wed harmoniously in her role in working with students as her own training, life story, spiritual development and interests all adjoin. She believes that one form of integrative work occurs in using the skills and tools from mental health to serve the Church. This includes training others in psychological methods that could be useful to them in care-giving; conducting applied research that supports Christian ministries (such as consultation, program development, program evaluation and needs/resource assessments); and dedicating personal service to Church-related work.

Trout has taught graduate students since 2001 and maintained private practice work since 1998. Now in the role of full-time academic work, she most enjoys working closely with students as they develop skills to serve them in their future work as well as in their current lives as they synthesize classroom learning with practice. Her goals with students include encouraging diligence in exploring their own stories, seeking meaning in such, wrestling with worldview issues, and developing a commitment towards a deeper self-knowledge to serve as a base for deeply understanding others.

Trout's current professional interests include partnerships between psychology and the Church, substance abuse assessment and treatment, ministry assessment, and understanding perceptions of Christians regarding infertility treatment and Christian therapy practices.


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College M.A. Theological Studies, Wheaton College M.A. Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College B.A. Psychology, Arizona State University


Trout, A. W. (2015). "Towards a New Model of Service Delivery; Clergy Consultation" (In progress).

Trout, A. W. (2015). "Ministry Collaboration in a Broad-Based Community Outreach Project" (In progress).

Dominguez, A. W. (2012). "Social Media and the Creation of Self: Identity Development." The America Asks Quarterly Report.

Dominguez, A. W. (2011). "Narratives of Social Identity Development in the NET Generation." The America Asks Quarterly Report.

Dominguez, A. W. (2011). "Facilitating and Measuring Attitudinal Change through Online Environments; Social Media Netnography." The America Asks Quarterly Report.

Dominguez, A.W. (2011). "Qualitative Analysis of National Messaging Efforts to Two Target Populations." The America Asks Quarterly Report.

Dominguez, A.W. (2010). "Literature Review of Needs and Outreach Considerations; Implications to Target Populations." The America Asks Quarterly Report.

McMinn, M. R., Tabor, A., Trihub, B. L., Taylor, L., & Dominguez, A. W. (2010). "Reading in graduate school: A survey of doctoral students in clinical psychology." Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Dominguez, A. W., McMinn, M. R., & Moon, G. W. (2009). "Teaching integration outside the traditional classroom." Journal of Psychology and Theology, 37, 48-53.

Dominguez, A.W. (2008). "Evaluating Ministry Effectiveness." Faith & Therapy, Vol. 2 (8).

Kwee, A. W., Dominguez, A. W., & Ferrell, D. (2007); "Sexual addiction and Christian college men: Conceptual, Assessment, and Treatment Challenges." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 3-13.

Dominguez, A.W., & McMinn, M.R. (2003). "Collaboration through research: The Multi-Method Church-based Assessment Process." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 22, 333-337.

McMinn, M.R. & Dominguez, A.W. (2003). "Guest editors’ introduction: Psychology and the Church." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 22, 291-292.

McMinn, M.R., Roh, S.H., McMinn, L.G., Dominguez, A.W., Rhee, E.R., Maurina, A.B., Ham, E., Rutter, M., & Chae, P.K. (2001). "Mental health needs and resources in Christian communities of South Korea." Journal of Psychology and Theology.

Benes, K.M., Walsh, J.M., McMinn, M.R., Dominguez, A.W., & Aikins, D.C. (2000). "Psychology and the church: An exemplar of psychology-clergy collaboration." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31, 515-520.

Edwards, L.C., Lim, R.K.B., McMinn, M.R., & Dominguez, A.W. (1999). "Examples of collaboration between psychologists and clergy." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 30, 547-551.

McMinn, M.R., Meek, K.R., Dominguez, A.W., Ryan, J.G., & Novotny, K.A. (1999). "Forgiveness motives among evangelical Christians: Implications for Christian marriage and family therapists." Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, 2, 189-199.

Books/Booklets/Book Chapters:

McMinn, M.R. & Dominguez, A.W. (Eds.) (2005). Psychology and the church. Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Dominguez, A. W., McMinn, M. R. (2005). "Collaboration Through Research: The Multi-method Church-based Assessment Process." Chapter in McMinn, M. R.; Dominguez, A. W. (Eds.) (20005). Psychology and the church (pp. 105-111). Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Dominguez, A.W., Ip, C., Hoover, D., Oleari, A., McMinn, M., Lee, T., Steiner-Pappalardo, N., & Luka, M. (2004). "Faith-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Programs." Chapter in McMinn, M.R., & Dominguez, A.W. (Eds.) (2005). Psychology and the church (pp. 51-71). Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Doctoral Dissertation:

Dominguez, A.W. (2000). "Psychology Serving the Church through Assessment: Development of the Multimethod Church Assessment Process." Defended March 13, 2001.


Professional Affiliations and Development: 1996-Present: Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Member


2011 Included in Marquis’ Who's Who in America 2011 (65th Edition)
2008-2010 Gilman Grant Recipient (Substance Abuse Program Evaluation), Mychal Foundation
2007-2009 Faculty Grant Recipient (Substance Abuse Program Evaluation), Regent University
1996-2001 Scholarship Recipient, Wheaton College
1994 Magna cum Laude, Arizona State University
1993-1994 Psi Chi Member
1988-1991 Psi Theta Kappa Member