Extending our outreach and influence in the world, Regent University’s psychology and counseling research centers provide you the opportunity to participate in events and workshops led by prestigious mental health care professionals, increase your knowledge through research in psychology and counseling, and prepare you for certifications and continuing education credits.
The Psychological Services Center allows graduate students to provide therapy, assessment and outreach services to the community under the supervision of clinical psychologists.
The Marriage and Ministry Assessment Training and Empowerment (MMATE) Center allows doctoral students to provide couples counseling using the HOPE-focused approach to couples intervention.
The Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) immerses students in research, training and clinical services to further our understanding of sexual identity.
The School of Psychology & Counseling offers a variety of ongoing research initiatives. Many also offer hands-on experiences for our students. Other outcomes include paper and poster presentations at regional and national conferences, articles for publication for which students are co-authors and subject matter for student dissertations.
The mission of the MMATE Center is to research marriage phenomenon, study marital interventions and support churches in building a successful marriage ministry. Dr. Jennifer Ripley, a professor of psychology, heads a team of doctoral students who provide the support for a thriving center, both in community outreach and research.
The longest standing project of the MMATE Center is the Hope project. Beginning in 2001, the HOPE marriage project is a clinical trial study examining the effects of the hope-focused approach to marital therapy on different aspects of the couple relationship. This means that couples are receiving a specific approach to marriage therapy called hope-focused therapy. This project uses cutting-edge techniques and methods to significantly add to the literature on marital therapy. Publications and presentations about the Hope Project can be found on Dr. Ripley’s curriculum vitae.
The Hope approach is available through the PsyD training clinic and includes ongoing research.
The Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) furthers the understanding of sexual identity, as well as its development and synthesis. Through research, training, clinical services and consultations, ISSI emphasizes achieving congruence in how we live and identify ourselves in ways that are consistent with our beliefs and values. Student members of ISSI have opportunities throughout the year to participate in research projects that are presented at national conferences and published in scholarly journals.
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Dr. Linda J. Baum heads the Society for Forensic and Assessment Psychology. The society educates clinicians-in-training on the intersections of psychology and law, particularly how clinical psychology is applied in legal proceedings. Recent meetings have highlighted research and education concerning competency to stand trial assessments, psychopathy, mentally ill prisoners, stigma toward mentally ill offenders and competency restoration. They also provide education concerning widely-used psychological assessment measures, including the uses of these instruments in forensic psychology.
The organization provides students with incredible opportunities to do meaningful research on a wide variety of topics. Students have presented research at the annual APA conference, the local Virginia Psychological Association conference, and the Annual MMPI Symposium.
Each year, one or more research project(s) will focus on an aspect of the interface of mental health and the Church. The vision is to use research to increase ministry effectiveness and mobilize church-based resources. Dr. Amy (Dominguez) Trout is interested in creating research groups with students from all the programs in the School of Psychology & Counseling.
Dr. Glen Moriarty directs the God Image Research Team (GIRT), a team of Regent doctoral psychology students who are dedicated to studying God images and God concepts. “God images” are the mental representations of God that underlie a person’s emotional experience of Him. In comparison, “God concepts” are the doctrinal understandings of God that underlie a person’s cognitive beliefs about Him. Often Christians struggle with significant God-image/God-concept disparities – that is, the God they experience with their hearts (God images) and the God they know about with their heads (God concepts). For example, they may cognitively believe that God is loving, but actually emotionally experience Him as harsh. GIRT seeks to further the understanding of God images and God concepts through cutting-edge research, therapy/consultation services, scholarly publications and professional presentations.
Discovering God is a clinical trial study of a manualized group therapy that addresses God-image-related difficulties. The group is designed for individuals who have significant disparities between the God they know about with their heads (God concepts) and the God they experience with their hearts (God images). Participation in the group is meant to facilitate a more adaptive, rewarding and fulfilling emotional experience of God, via cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt-existential and interpersonal-experiential interventions. Each fall and spring academic semester, Regent doctoral psychology students lead these time-limited Discovering God groups, meeting once per week in the Regent Psychological Services Center (PSC), located in Classroom Building Suite 188.
Assessing the effectiveness of a web-based, award-winning prevention program that targets a college-age population. Attitudes towards drinking behaviors are assessed both before and after the applied information-based program. Meeting times are on an as needed basis.