Christian University Honors Doctor of Psychology Professor with Research Award

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George Fox University selects Mark McMinn, a prolific author of books and journal articles, as recipient of 2009-10 award for research and scholarship

I enjoy research, writing, and mentoring. Because research is the primary way I mentor students, it makes it quite natural to have a productive research program.

Graduate psychology professor Mark McMinn’s track record of scholarship and publication landed him George Fox University’s Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research and Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year.

McMinn has authored or coauthored 10 books and more than 100 journal articles. In the last year alone, he co-edited a book that will be published by the American Psychological Association, wrote two book chapters, and composed nine journal articles that are either in press or were published in 2009. Six of those articles are in APA journals.

McMinn specializes in the integration of Christianity and psychology and is adept at bridging the chasm between academia and the lay-public. Several of his most recently published articles appeared in popular magazines (including Christianity Today) that are used by Christian layman and church leaders.

“It is a great honor to receive this award, which reflects not only my work but also the quality of students and colleagues that I am privileged to work with,” McMinn said. “I enjoy research, writing, and mentoring. Because research is the primary way I mentor students, it makes it quite natural to have a productive research program.”

Jim Foster, dean of the George Fox School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, says McMinn’s scholarship in psychology is vital to his effectiveness and relevance in the classroom.

“Mark’s scholarship contributes to his excellent classroom teaching, and he is a caring mentor to both graduate students and junior colleagues,” Foster said. “Ultimately, Mark models how psychology and Christian faith can be integrated – in concept, in scholarship, and by example.”

McMinn taught at George Fox from 1984 to 1993 before leaving to help start the PsyD program at Wheaton College, where he later assumed an endowed chair position. Since returning to George Fox in 2006, he has consistently led one of the largest Research Vertical Teams in the doctor of psychology (PsyD) program and has guided more than 15 students through rigorous dissertation projects leading to multiple student publications in tier I integration journals and APA journals.

“His willingness to share his talent in the conceptualization of research design, implementation, and data analysis has strengthened the Department of Clinical Psychology and contributed to the professional development of junior colleagues as well as students,” Foster said.

McMinn received his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. He especially enjoys working with clergy, both in his clinical work and through a data-based method of church-based consultation. McMinn is a past president of APA’s Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) and his primary areas of research interest include clergy-psychology collaboration, clergy health, and the integration of psychology and Christianity.

George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest with American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation* of its PsyD program – and one of only six such schools in the nation. The program integrates academics, intensive hands-on clinical practice, meaningful research and the Christian faith perspective.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Mark McMinn
Department of Clinical Psychology

*American Psychological Association
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