Faith and Sexual Identity on Christian College Campuses

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    Presenter: Dr. Janet Dean, Associate Professor of Psychology & Program Director, SEARCH Student Scholarship



    Dr. Janet B. Dean, a licensed psychologist, is an associate professor of psychology at Asbury University. In addition to teaching a number of undergraduate courses in psychology, she mentors students interested in research and co-facilitates Asbury’s annual undergraduate research symposium SEARCH.

    As part of her work at Asbury, Dr. Dean is actively involved in research that explores the intersectionality between faith and psychology. Her ongoing projects include sexuality identity on faith-based campuses, sexuality and religiosity, thoughts of God and psychological well-being, forgiveness, and counselor self-care, in addition to various student projects that she facilitates.


    • PhD Clinical Psychology (The Ohio State University (OH), 2003)
    • MA Clinical Psychology (The Ohio State University (OH), 2001)
    • MDiv (Asbury Theological Seminary (KY), 1997)
    • MA Counseling (Asbury Theological Seminary (KY), 1994)
    • BA Psychology (The University of Akron (OH), 1992)

    Date and Time: Tuesday, December 4th @ 4:00 EST    

    Webinar Details: 

    Using three years of survey and interview data from a longitudinal project across 16 Christian campuses, this presentation explores how sexual minority students develop within the context of Christian educational institutions. Changes in these students’ religiosity and spirituality, as well as in their self-reported sexual identity, sexual milestones, campus experiences, attitudes about same-sex attraction, emotional health, and psychological well-being will be discussed. Particular attention will be paid to understanding how people create congruence between belief, behavior, and identity, and what we can do to better support them in this process.

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