James N. Sells, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academics


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Dr. James Sells is the assistant dean for Academics, Counseling Department Chairperson and professor for the School of Psychology & Counseling at Regent. 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.


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.



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

Meet Our Faculty

Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center 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. in Clinical Psychology Program Director


757.352.4433 arowan@regent.edu
Jacqueline R. Smith, Ed.D.

Counseling Department Chair

Clinical Counseling Programs Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4499 jrsmith@regent.edu
Rachel Stephens, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Assistant Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4280 rachha5@regent.edu
Ingo Tophoven, Ph.D.

Counseling Ministries Department Chair

Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Programs Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4868 ingotop@regent.edu
Amy Trout, Psy.D.

M.A. in Human Services 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
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.

Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity


757.352.4829 markyar@regent.edu
Olya Zaporozhets, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity

Associate Professor

757.352.4700 ozaporozhets@regent.edu


Evelyn Biles, Ph.D.
Jill Brue, Ph.D.
Ashleigh Bruns, Ph.D.
Gary Collins, Ph.D.
Carissa Dwiwardani, Ph.D.
Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Ph.D.
John Ferreira, Ph.D.
Michael Franks, Ph.D.
Todd Grande, Ph.D.
Ularisi Green, Ph.D.
Kim Harris
Kristel Headley
Emily Hervey, Psy.D.
Tracy Jackson, Ph.D.
George Jefferson, Ph.D.
David Jennings, Ph.D.
Margaret Jensen, Ph.D.
Gregg Jensen, Ph.D.
John Kennedy, Ph.D.
Patricia King
Shannon Kuschel
Robert Kuschel
Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D.
Kimberly Lokeman, Ph.D.
Lisa Mazzio, Psy.D.
Jessica McCleese, Ph.D.
Elena McSwain, Psy.D.
Tricia Mikolon, Ph.D.
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D.
Lynn Olson Page, Ph.D., ABPP
Kamala Palmer, Ph.D.
Jennifer Park Teppig
Agatha Parks-Savage, Ph.D.
Jeremy Ruckstaetter, Ph.D.
Mary Sanderfer, Ph.D.
Scott Sautter, Ph.D.
Renee Seay, Ph.D.
Erynne H. Shatto, Ph.D.
Tabitha Sierra, Psy.D.
Paul Stevenson
Gregory Stewart, Ph.D.
Amanda Trent, Ph.D.
Kristyn Troyer, Psy.D.
Jerry Vuncannon, Ph.D.
Joyce Wagner
Donald Walker, Ph.D.
Melissa Windham, Ph.D.
Sara Wood, Ph.D.
Everett Worthington, Ph.D.