Faculty

Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.

Director of Marriage & Ministry Assessment Training & Empowerment (MMATE) Center

Professor

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Bio

Dr. Jennifer Ripley contends that among the most important things in graduate school are the relationships one creates there. She believes they are the basis for the relational activity of being a psychologist. For Ripley, the best part about being a professor at Regent is spending time with students in the life-changing experience of doctoral studies.


Ripley met her husband at church in junior high and married after college. She attended Nyack College where she majored in psychology and greatly enjoyed street drama ministry and the multicultural flavors of the New York City area. Ripley earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).


In her doctoral studies she worked under Everett L. Worthington Jr., and studied marriage and forgiveness in marriage. At this time she was also well-mentored towards a career as a professor, working on numerous research projects through community-based research at Massey Cancer Center, having clinical supervision experiences, and teaching five undergraduate courses. Ripley finished her doctoral studies in an internship at VCU 's Counseling Center where she completed her residency in psychology in a Christian outpatient practice while also working as a new assistant professor at Regent.


Ripley directs the Marriage Ministry Assessment Training and Empowerment (MMATE) Center, which is staffed by doctoral students. Research studies continue to be led by students, at the MMATE Center, for their dissertation in community-based projects, which have also produced articles and professional presentations presented world-wide.

Awards

Winning Graduate Paper: Cain, H., Noble, C. Perkins, A., Ripley, J.S., & Worthington, E.L. Jr., Predicting post-natal stress from virtues, empathy and partner attachment, VAPS Conference, 2017


Outstanding Graduate Student Paper: Kemper, J.S, & Ripley, J.S., Marriage Enrichment Program for local churches: A within subjects outcome study. Presented at the National Christian Association for Psychological Studies, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2004.


Winning Graduate Paper: Ripley, J. & Worthington, E.L., Jr., Marital Power, Contracts and Covenants: Review of the Literature and Scale Development. National Convention for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1998


Award for Excellence in Research: Paper presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1998.


Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology, selected for department's submission to the American Psychological Association's Dissertation Awards, 1998.


John Hill Award for Family and Adolescent Research, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998.


Winning Paper: Ripley, J. & Worthington, E.L., Jr., Marital Social Values Scale Development. Paper presented at the Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology Paper Competition, 1998.


Best Data-Based Research Presentation: Worthington, E.L., Jr., Hight, T.L., Ripley, J.S., Perrone, K.M., Kurusu, T.A., & Jones, D.R. Hope-focused couple enrichment: Practice and research. Paper presented at the National meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1997.


Winning Graduate Paper: Ripley, J., & Worthington, E.L., Jr., Marital Power: What is it for? Paper presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1997.


Honorable Mention Paper: Ripley, J.S., & Worthington, E.L., Jr., Christian marriage counseling: A review of the literature. Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology Paper Competition, 1996.


Winning Paper: Figueredo, M., Fries, E., & Ripley, J., Stereotypes of low fat eaters by African-Americans. Virginia Commonwealth University Psychology Paper Competition, 1996


Nyack Honor Society, Nyack College, 1993.


Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Nyack College, 1993


Nyack Merit Award Honoree for service to the college community, Nyack College, 1993.

Publications

Worthington, E.L. Jr, Sandage, S.J. & Ripley, J.S. (2017). Strategies to facilitate forgiveness: REACH forgiveness model. In John Thomas (Ed.) Counseling Techniques. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan.


Dwiwardani, C., Ord, A.S., Fennell, M., Eaves, D., Ripley, J.S., Perkins, A., Sells, J., Worthington, E. L., Jr, Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., Garthe, R. C., Reid, C. A. & Van Tongeren, D. R. (2017) Spelling HUMBLE with U and ME: The role of humility in romantic relationships. Journal of Positive Psychology, 12, 1-11.


Ripley, J.S., Garthe, R.C., Perkins, A., Worthington, E.L, Jr, Davis, D.E., Hook, J.N., Reid, C., Van Tongeren, D.R., Dwiwardani, C., Ord, A., Fennell, M. & Eaves, D., (2016). Perceived partner humility predicts subjective stress during transition to parenthood. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 5, 157-167.


Ord, A., S., Ripley, J.S, Hook, J. & Erspamer, T. (2016). Teaching statistics in APA-Accredited doctoral program in clinical and counseling psychology: A syllabi review. Teaching of Psychology, 43, 221-226.


Yarhouse, M. A., Atkinson, A., Doolin, H. & Ripley, J. S. (2015). A longitudinal study of forgiveness and post-disclosure experience in mixed orientation couples. American Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 138-150.


Worthington, E. L., Jr., Berry, J. W., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Scherer, M., Griffin, B. J., .Wade, N., Yarhouse, M., Ripley, J.S, Miller, A.J., Sharp, C., Canter, D., & Campana, K. L. (2015). "Forgiveness-reconciliation and communication-conflict-resolution interventions versus retested controls in early married couples." Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 14-27. doi:10.1037/cou0000045


Ord, A.S., Ripley, J.S., Hook, J., & Erspamer, T. (2015). "Statistics in APA-Accredited Doctoral Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: A Syllabi Review." Teaching of Psychology, in press.


Yarhouse, M. A., Atkinson, A., Doolin, H., & Ripley, J. S. (2015). "A longitudinal study of forgiveness and post-disclosure experience in mixed orientation couples." American Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 138-150. doi:10.1080/01926187.2014.956628


Kays, J. L., Yarhouse, M. A., & Ripley, J. S. (2014). "Relationship factors and quality among mixed-orientation couples." Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 40, 512-528. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2013.788107


Ripley, J.S., Leon, C., Worthington, E.L. Jr., Berry, J., Davis, E., Smith, A., Atkinson, A. & Sierra, T. (2014). "Efficacy of Religion-accommodative Strategic Hope-Focused Theory applied to couples therapy." Couple & Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 3, 83-98.


Garzon, F., Hall, E., & Ripley, J.S., (2014). "Teaching integration in Psychology and Counseling courses." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 42, 131-135.


Ripley, J.S. & Dwiwardani, C. (2014). "Integration of Christianity in research and statistics courses." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 42, 220-227.


Yarhouse, M.A., Kays, J.L., Poma, H., Atkinson, A., & Ripley, J. (2014). "Characteristics of mixed orientation couples: An empirical study." Edification.


Ripley, J.S., Bekker, C., Yarhouse, M.E., Jackson, L., Kays J. & Lane, C. (2014). "Spiritual formation training in Regent University’s doctoral program." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32, 320-328.


Worthington, E.L., Jr., Berry, J., Hook, J.N., Davis, D.E., Ripley, J.S., & Greer, C. (2014). "Psychotherapy with mainline Protestants." In Allen and Bergin (Eds.)., Handbook of psychotherapy and religious diversity. Washington D.C.: APA Press.


Ripley, J. S., Bekker, C. J., Yarhouse, M. A., Jackson, L. D., Kays, J., & Lane, C. R. (2013). "Spiritual formation training at Regent University's Psychology Doctoral Program." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32, 320-329.


Ripley, J.S., Maclin, V., Hook, J.N. & Worthington, E.L., Jr. (2013). "The Hope focused couples approach to counseling and enrichment." In J. Aten (Ed.)., Evidence based practices for Christian counseling and psychotherapy. Downers Grove IL: Intervarsity Press.


Ripley, J.S. & Yarhouse, M.A. (2012). "Mentoring Psy.D. students in meaningful research." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31, 308-313.


Ripley, J.S., Sandage, S.J., & Worthington, E.L., Jr. (2012). "Ethics in couples therapy.' In R. Sanders (Ed.), Christian counseling ethics: A handbook for therapists, pastors and counselors. Downers Grove IL: Intervarsity Press.


Ripley, J.S. (2012). "Integration of Psychology and Christianity: 2022." Journal of Psychology and Theology, 40, 150-154.


Kim, L.M., Johnson, J.L., & Ripley, J.S. (2011). "A 'perfect' storm: Perfectionism, forgiveness and marital satisfaction." Individual Differences Research, 9, 199-209.


Hook, J.N., Worthington, E.L., Jr., Ripley, J.S., & Davis, D.E. (2011). "Christian approaches for helping couples: Review of empirical research and recommendations for clinicians." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 30, 213-222.


Olson, L, Johnson, J.L., Ripley, J.S., & Hathaway, W. (2011). "Clinical training in integrative Christian doctoral programs: The Regent University example." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 30, 128-136.


Ripley, J.S., Worthington, E.L., Jr., & Maclin, V.L. (2011). "Hope focused couples case." In D. Carson & M. Casado-Kehoe (Eds.), Case studies in couple therapy: Theory based approaches. Oxford: England, Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.


Ripley, J.S. (2010). "Living the legacy: A letter to my students." In G. Moriarty (Ed.). Integration journeys: 12 Psychologists tell their stories. Downers Grove IL: Intervarsity Press.


Worthington, E.L. Jr., Berry, J.W., Miller, A.J. Sharp, C.B., Canter, D.E., Hook, J.N., Davis, D.E., Scherer, M., Campana, K.L., Wade, N.G., Yarhouse, M. & Ripley, J.S. (2010). "Forgiveness-reconciliation and communication-conflict-resolution interventions versus retested controls in early married couples." Under revision for resubmission.


Worthington, E.L., Jr., Hook, J., Davis, D., & Ripley, J.S. (2009). "Empirically supported Christian treatments for counseling." Christian Counseling Today


Ripley, J.S., Garzon, F.L., Hall, E.L., Mangis, M.W., & Murphy, C.J. (2009). "Pilgrims’ Progress: Faculty and University Factors in Graduate Student Integration of Faith and Profession." Invited for submission to Journal of Psychology & Theology special issue on integration edited by Fernando Garzon. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 37


Hall, E.L., Ripley, J.S., Garzon, F.L., & Mangis, M.W. (2009). "The other side of the podium: Student perspectives on learning integration." Invited for submission to Journal of Psychology & Theology special issue on integration edited by Fernando Garzon. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 37


Hathaway, W. & Ripley, J.S. (2009). "Ethical concerns around spirituality and religion in clinical practice." In J. Aten & M. Leach (Eds.). Spirituality and the therapeutic process: A comprehensive resource from intake to termination. APA Books: Washington DC.


Worthington, E.L., Jr., Ripley, J.S., Hook, J., & Miller, A. (2007). "The hope focused approach to couple therapy and enrichment." Invited special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity on Christian interventions in counseling and psychotherapy edited by Siang Yang Tan and Donald Walker. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 132-139.


Ripley, J.S., Jackson, L., Tatum, R., & Davis, W. (2007). "A developmental model of supervisee spiritual and religious development." Invited for special issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity on supervision edited by Michael Mangis and Jamie Aten. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 298-306.


Worthington, E.L., Jr., Ripley, J.S., Davis, D.E., & Wood, B.T. (2007). "Forgiveness." In D. Leeming & K. Madden (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion.


Worthington, E.L., Jr, Ripley, J.S., Hook, J.N., Miller, A.J. & Crawford, S. (2007). "Why is the hope focused couple approach effective?" Marriage and Family A Christian Journal.


Worthington, E.L., Jr., Ripley, J.S., Hook, J.N., & Miller, A.J. (2007). "Hope focused marriage approach: Repairing and maintaining the emotional bond." In T. Clinton & G. Ohlschlager (Eds.). Caring for people God’s way in marriage and family life. AACC

Affiliations

CAPS National Conference, Volunteer Coordinator, 2017-18


Marriage, Family Sexuality and Child track coordinator for Christian Association of Psychological Studies, 2009-15


APA – Division 36, Program Chair, 2006; 2010


CAPS – East, Conference Chair, 2003; 2004


Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1996-present; Elected Regional Board Member, 2000-07; Elected National Board Member, 2005-07


American Psychological Association, Division Memberships: Psychology of Religion, Family Psychology, Groups, 1992-present


American Group Psychotherapy Association, 2000-04


Christian Association for Psychological Studies- Eastern Region, elected Student Board, 1996-98


American Association for Christian Counselors, 1998-2004


Society for Teaching in Psychology, 1998-2000


Graduate Student Representative to the faculty graduate student committee, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997


Counseling Psychology Student Association, Virginia Commonwealth, 1994-99


Founding President, Student Psychological Association, Nyack College, 1991-93

Meet Our Faculty

Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4292 cpage@regent.edu
Anderson B. Rowan, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Director

Professor

757.352.4433 arowan@regent.edu
James N. Sells, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academics

Professor

757.352.4368 jsells@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

Professor

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

Adjunct

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.