Tina R. Armstrong
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Tina Armstrong joined the School of Psychology faculty in July 2015 as director of clinical training and PhD program director and assistant professor of clinical psychology. She comes to us from the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, in Alhambra, California, where she was teaching and serving as the coordinator of the Multicultural Clinical Community Psychology emphasis area.
What are you especially passionate about in your work, and what led you to this passion?
I have always enjoyed the learning process and have a deep passion for teaching and training students. I appreciate the intrinsic reward of seeing students grow intellectually and emotionally. As a community psychologist I believe that effective education does more than simply educate students—it also acts as a conduit that helps to create, sustain, and improve our communities. Accordingly, I believe it is essential in my role as director of clinical training (DCT) and PhD program director (PD) to focus on educating and encouraging students to develop into responsible, caring, and contributing citizens. It is with great enthusiasm that I begin this journey!
What has drawn you to Fuller now?
As a School of Psychology graduate, I am aware of how spiritually and intellectually rich this community is, and I am excited to return. Joining the faculty as the DCT and PD allows me the opportunity to engage students’ growth holistically, with an emphasis on their spiritual and intellectual development.
At this point in your journey, how do you envision your call to God’s mission in the world?
At this point in my journey I envision my call as equipping students to fulfill the calls that God has on their life and assisting them in becoming intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually prepared to engage in this work. As a facilitator of learning, I strongly believe in the principle of cura personalis, the act of caring for or assisting in the development of the whole person. I get the opportunity to assist students in their own personal and professional intellectual and spiritual growth, as they will one day assist others. All students come with personal, educational, and professional goals related to how they see themselves and their futures. My ultimate goal is to join them along this path of discovery, by providing a healthy and safe learning environment that appropriately challenges and supports their development.
What else can you tell us to help us get to know you better?
My professional interests include serving as a link that bridges the gap between academia and historically underserved communities in which psychologists serve, facilitating the training and development of students and the well-being of communities. I enjoy cultivating collaborative partnerships that offer opportunities for students to be engaged in fieldwork and applied research that promotes behavioral health within these underserved communities. I desire to continue to maintain a research program that is practical, relevant, and poses implications for improving the overall health of marginalized populations.