Training and Research Facilities (School of Psychology)


The primary purposes of The Psychological Center/Fuller Psychological and Family Services are 1) to teach and train Christian persons as future clinical psychologists and marital and family therapists, 2) to conduct and supervise research on finding more effective ways to alleviate human suffering, and 3) to model the best of contemporary practice of clinical psychology and marital and family therapy.

The Psychological Center/FPFS provides training for a number of clinical psychology and marriage and family students while offering mental health services to members of the Fuller and greater Pasadena area communities.

Fuller Psychological and Family Services provides assistance to individuals, couples, and families, including specific services to children and adolescents. Psychological interventions are offered for adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, stress management, abuse and domestic violence, and physical conditions affected by psychological factors. For young people, FPFS offers psychological testing and treatment for attention deficit disorders, behavior problems, school difficulties, social skills, and parent/child issues.

The marriage and family therapy department offers counseling and educational services designed to help individuals and families resolve a variety of relational, emotional, spiritual, and cultural problems that arise in family life. These include relationship counseling, premarital counseling, marital enrichment and therapy, couples group therapy, divorce counseling, parenting classes, parenting support groups, and family therapy.


The Role of Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health and Optimum Human Function 

One of the primary goals of the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary is to engage in research that significantly advances the understanding of the relationship of religion and spirituality to mental health and optimum human functioning. This project has been labeled "The Fuller Project."

Several factors have motivated the decision to launch this project:

  1. Religion and spirituality are attributes central to the core of human nature and psychological functioning, yet these variables have been largely ignored in much of the psychological research.
  2. There is currently an increasing openness within the field of psychology and its various research journals to consider this important aspect of human nature.
  3. The Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary is strategically placed both institutionally and historically to carry out important research on religion and mental health, and to make a substantial contribution to knowledge in this area.
  4. The commitment of Fuller to the process of integration of psychology and theology demands a concerted effort toward investigating religion and spirituality with respect to optimum psychological and social functioning.

Issues in Religion and Mental Health 

A majority of the population of the United States considers itself to be religious in some way, and a large percentage regularly participates in some form of religious worship. Although these percentages vary from culture to culture throughout the world, there are few (if any) societies within which religion does not play a significant and formative role.

However, the effects of religion on mental health and optimum psychosocial function have received a disproportionately small amount of attention in psychological research. Compared to the roles of other variables such as parenting, social support, stress, emotional learning, cognitive functioning, and neurobiological systems, which continued to be intensively researched, religion and spirituality have been ignored by much of the research of the past century.


The Travis Research Institute is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research into the relationships between social systems, environmental situations, personality, mental and affective states, cognitive processes, neurobiological functions, and spiritual and religious states and practices. The Institute provides a distinctive context within the Fuller School of Psychology in which interested faculty, research collaborators, and students can engage in regular and ongoing research activities. The Institute fosters collaborative research within the School of Psychology, with faculty from the Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies, and with researchers at other institutions.

The Travis Research Institute is organized into several Research Centers, constituting the major foci of ongoing, large-scale collaborative work within the Institute. Centers involve both empirical and theoretical scholarship. More specific research projects are resignated Research Programs, and are organized either directly within the Travis Research Institute or within the various Research Centers.


Center for Biopsychosocial Research.The Center for Biopsychosocial Research seeks to understand the interactions between neural and biologic systems and the social, psychological, and spiritual/religious functioning of persons. Neurobiological variables include brain and cognitive function, congenital neuropathology, autonomic/affective responses, neurotransmitter and hormonal milieu, immune activity, and physical health. Current or recent research programs include:

  • Autonomic Psychophysiology and Behavior
  • Hormones and Cognition
  • Interhemispheric Interactions and Human Higher Cognitive Abilities
  • Spirituality, Wellbeing, and Health

Center for Research in Trauma, Coping, and Community Resilience .The purpose of the Center is to conduct innovative research that will lead to: 1) a better understanding of the variables affecting acute, chronic, and post-traumatic stress; and 2) creative application of this knowledge to the development of better methods of identification and treatment of individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by an environment of chronic stress and trauma. Particularly central to the mission of the Headington Program in International Trauma, a focused program of CSTA, will be post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic stress occurring in ministry and international relief/development settings. Current or recent collaborative research projects include:

  • Stress and Success in Short-Term Missions
  • Member Care Project
  • The Headington Project in International Trauma

The Thrive Center for Human Development. The Thrive Center serves two important aims: to study how young people develop into thriving adults and to provide practical tools and resources to nurture optimal human development. It seeks to promote positive child and youth development through basic and applied research and the creation of interventions and resources for parents, educators, ministers, youth workers and other adults who invest in kids. Current research programs concern thriving and spirituality, the development of character strengths and virtues, and the natural foundations of religious development.

Clinical Facilities for Field Training: Clinical Psychology 

The institutions listed below are those which were directly engaged in recent years in providing clinical experience and training to students. Some of the institutions listed have an ongoing training agreement with the Department of Clinical Psychology so that they accept a fixed number of trainees each year. Others select their trainees from many different educational institutions. The specific institutions involved in clinical training vary from year to year.

  • Augustus F. Hawkins Community Mental Health Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center, Azusa, CA
  • Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital Transitional Living Center, Pomona, CA
  • Center for Aging Resources, Pasadena, CA
  • Child and Family Guidance Clinic, North Hills, CA
  • Childrenís Institute International, Los Angeles, CA
  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA
  • Descanso Center for Development and Learning, La Canada, CA
  • Eastside Family Counseling Center, Montebello, CA
  • Fuller Psychological and Family Services, Pasadena, CA
  • Glen Roberts Child Study Center, Glendale, CA
  • Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • HELP Group, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Hillview Mental Health Center, Lake View Terrace, CA
  • Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Huntington Research, Pasadena, CA
  • Interchurch Counseling Center, Whittier, CA
  • Inter-Community Alternatives Network, Pasadena, CA
  • Kaiser-Permanente, Los Angeles, CA
  • La Canada Presbyterian Church, La Canada, CA
  • LA County/USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • London Health Sciences, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Pacific Clinics East, Monrovia, CA
  • Pasadena City College, Disabled Student Programs and Services, Pasadena, CA
  • Pasadena Mental Health Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA
  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Center, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Psychology Resource Consultants, Pasadena, CA
  • San Bernardino County, San Bernardino, CA
  • St. Johnís Child and Family Development Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • The Sycamores, Pasadena, CA
  • Tri-City Mental Health, Pomona, CA
  • UC San Diego Counseling Center, La Jolla, CA
  • UCLA Alzheimerís Disease Research Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • UCLA Medical Center NPI, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Tennessee Student Counseling, Knoxville, CA
  • USC Student Counseling, Los Angeles, CA
  • VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  • VA Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, CA
  • VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles, CA
  • VA Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA
  • Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Wright Institute, Los Angeles, CA


The institutions listed below provided clinical training for marital and family therapy students in recent years.

  • Almanson Center, South Pasadena, CA
  • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Asian American Christian Counseling Service, Alhambra, CA
  • Center for Aging Resources, Pasadena, CA
  • Center for Individual and Family Therapy, Orange, CA
  • Citrus Counseling, Covina, CA
  • Community Family Guidance Center, Cerritos, CA
  • El Monte Police Community Relations, El Monte, CA
  • FACES, Fullerton, CA
  • Faithful Central Bible Church, Inglewood, CA
  • Foothill Family Service, Pasadena, CA
  • Friends of the Family, Van Nuys, CA
  • Fuller Psychological and Family Services, Pasadena, CA
  • Glen Roberts Child Study Center, Glendale, CA
  • Grace Center for Family Therapy, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Grace Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Interchurch Samaritan Counseling Center, Whittier, CA
  • Inter-Community Alternatives Network, Pasadena, CA
  • Korean American Family Service Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • La Canada Presbyterian Church, La Canada, CA
  • La Vie, Pasadena, CA
  • Lake Ave Church, Pasadena, CA
  • Montebello Unified School District, Montebello, CA
  • Olive Crest, Burbank, CA
  • Outreach Counseling, Arcadia, CA
  • Pasadena Mental Health, Pasadena, CA
  • Salvation Army, Whittier, CA
  • Santa Anita Family Service, Monrovia, CA
  • Spring Bay Counseling Services, Pasadena, CA
  • Wellness Community Foothills, Pasadena, CA

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