Pioneering Integration and Excellence in Teaching, Training, and Research

Since 1965, Fuller's School of Psychology has been creating a pioneer program integrating evangelical Christian faith and psychology. By placing strong theological study in the heart of psychology, you will become clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and educators who are prepared to serve with integrated professionalism and practice.


Every faculty member is a committed Christian who integrates his or her discipline with personal faith and dedication to the teachings of Jesus Christ. These scholars and practitioners bring a wealth of training and experience to the classroom, including ministries beyond the seminary. You will learn the skills to bring the message of restoration, reconciliation, and redemption through your research, teaching, and clinical practice.

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Clinical Training

Fuller aims to develop the highest quality of professional competence. Live observation and practicum training are integral to degree programs. Being in the Greater Los Angeles area provides you with a wide array of supervised training and research opportunities, including placements on the Fuller campus itself.

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About the School

Get an overview of the school from Dean Mari Clements and find out what makes Fuller unique, including our pioneering work in the integration of theology and psychology
About the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary with Dean Mari Clements - Video

Innovative Leadership

Learn about the impact of the school's founding dean, Lee Edward Travis, inventor of the EEG and one of the 20th century's preeminent research scholars
School of Psychology Innovative Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary - Video

Unmatched Research

Hear from students and faculty about the Travis Research Institute—a community of scholars collaborating to combine the best in science with Christian theology
School of Psychology Unmatched Research Fuller Theological Seminary - Video

TEN DISTINCTIVES of the School of Psychology

  1. As the first seminary-based graduate school of psychology in the United States, we have always been PIONEERS.
  2. We were the first clinical program outside a university to be ACCREDITED by the American Psychological Association.
  3. The INTEGRATION of psychology and theology is at the heart of all we do in our classrooms, clinics, and research labs.
  4. The depth and scope of the RESEARCH carried out by our Travis Research Institute is unmatched among Christian psychology programs.
  5. Bigger is not always better; we've intentionally kept our programs to an OPTIMAL SIZE that allows our faculty to mentor and work closely with their students.
  1. Our practicum training develops not only the highest levels of clinical competence, but prepares professionals who will serve with GRACE and TRUTH.
  2. Our INFLUENCE is profound and broad, as hundreds of our alums have gone on to help found or teach at other psychology programs around the world.
  3. The DIVERSITY of our students and faculty is significant and growing, with our graduates serving in more and more international and underserved contexts.
  4. Each year our students provide tens of thousands of hours of TRANSFORMATIVE mental health services throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond.
  5. A focus on EXCELLENCE has always defined us, and continues to lie at the core of all our teaching, training, and research.

Curriculum and Outcomes

Fuller Theological Seminary, the founding center for the study of Christian faith and psychology, remains a pioneer in integration. Founded in 1965, Fuller's School of Psychology was the first clinical psychology program outside a university and the first program based in a seminary to receive APA accreditation** (1972). Our Marriage and Family Therapy Department joined the Clinical Department in 1987.

Our model, which brings together serious theological study and thorough graduate-level preparation in clinical psychology and in marriage and family therapy, is one of the most rigorous and extensive training programs available. Coursework in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, theology, and their integration uniquely prepares our students to attend to issues of faith and spirituality while addressing the mental health needs of persons, families, and communities. Through such study and service we place "the cross in the heart of psychology." The centrality of the integration of Christian faith with the disciplines of psychology and marriage and family therapy is reflected in our school learning outcomes.

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to provide excellent preventative and or transformational mental health services to church and community.
  • Graduates, in their scholarly and clinical work will be equipped to apply the insights of Christian theology along with the knowledge and techniques of the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Graduates will be prepared to contribute to the development of knowledge as it relates to the interface of religious, spiritual and psychological functioning.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and attitudes necessary to serve effectively in diverse communities locally and globally.
  • Graduates will be prepared to serve underserved populations and to integrate in their practice and personal lives the disciplines of compassion and charity.

Our faculty works toward guiding students as they achieve each of these learning outcomes. As a diverse community of committed Christian scholars, they bring a mature understanding of the Christian faith to the tasks of research, teaching, and clinical practice. Among this outstanding group of professionally active researchers, teachers, and practitioners are men and women recognized internationally for their scholarship. Their integrity is grounded in their commitment to the teachings of Christ and to the highest ethical standards of the profession.

A PhD in Clinical Psychology student describes the Fuller advantage: "Between Fuller's high academic standards and the amount of clinical training we receive, our candidates are competitive with people from any program in the country. And there's a movement now to bring religion and psychotherapy closer together--something Fuller has been doing for years. Fuller gives us an edge."

**For more information on our APA accreditation, please contact the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation.

American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
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Washington, DC 20002

Fuller Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, status as a veteran, or other characteristics protected by law in any of it's policies, practices, or procedures.

APA Commission on Accreditation (for clinical psychology programs)

The first professional school of its type in the nation, Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology is the oldest seminary-based clinical psychology program and was the first clinical program outside a university to receive American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation (December 5, 1972).

For more information on our APA accreditation, please contact the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation.

American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
750 First St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

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