Regent University’s psychology and counseling research centers help students to increase their knowledge base through relevant research.

Research Centers

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.

Psychological Services Center

The Psychological Services Center allows graduate students to provide therapy, assessment and outreach services to the community under the supervision of clinical psychologists.

Charis Institute & Hope Project

The Charis Institute integrates Christian faith to educate, train and provide interventions for marriages.  The Hope Project within the Charis Institute trains Psy.D. students in the Hope approach to couple counseling in the Psychological Services Center.

Research Initiatives – Integrating Science & Faith

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.

Research Initiatives

The Charis Institute motto is “Bringing principles and practices of marriage and family care to every willing home, helper and house of worship.” The goal is to integrate Christian concepts in marriage and family ministry, therapy, and training. Housed within the Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling, the institute is an initiative supported by the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Scholarship of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice. The Charis Institute is co-led by Professor Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D. and Professor Jim Sells, Ph.D.

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James Sells, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Charis Institute

Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.,
Co-Director of the Charis Institute

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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Olya Zaporozhets, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity
Associate Professor

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.

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Linda J. Baum, Ph.D.

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.

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Dr. Amy Trout