Dr. Janet Dean

Associate Professor
MO 309
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2222

Dr. Janet B. Dean, a licensed psychologist, is an associate professor of psychology here at Asbury University.  In addition to teaching a number of undergraduate courses in psychology, she mentors students interested in research and advises our local chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology and our Psychology Club.  In 2014, she was recognized by the Kentucky Psychological Association with the "Outstanding Undergraduate Student Mentor Award."

Prior to joining the Asbury faculty, Dr. Dean served as a counselor in the university's Center for Counseling for four years.  She has more than 15 years experience in psychological assessment and treatment across a variety of settings, including university counseling, community mental health, and correctional and forensic psychology, and still maintains a small private practice.  As affiliate faculty, she also teaches counseling courses at Asbury Theological Seminary. 

Her current research interests include issues related to forgiveness, meditational practices, and sexual identity, yet she has conducted research in other areas her students wished to pursue.

Dr. Dean received her Ph.D. and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University, her M.Div. and M.A. in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary, and her B.A. from the University of Akron.

On a personal note, Dr. Dean is married to Rev. Kevin Dean '92, a retired Navy Reserve chaplain.  They have two boys, one in college and one in high school.  They are active members of Grace Community Church (Church of the Nazarene) in Nicholasville.  Dr. Dean also is very involved in the local public school system, where she currently serves as President of the West Jessamine High School Band Boosters, a parent representative on the district-wide Council of Councils, and a certified official for the Kentucky Association of Academic Competition.

Courses taught by Dr. Dean include:

  • Psy101  Psychology and Everyday Life
  • Psy201  Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • Psy340  Forensic Psychology
  • Psy365  Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood
  • Psy368  Child and School Psychology
  • Psy372  Experimental Psychology
  • Psy472  Learning and Motivation
  • Psy436  Research Practicum

 

Recent Research Activities include:

Sauerheber, J. D., Holeman, V. T., & Dean, J. B. (2014).  Perception of counselor educators about spiritual competencies.  Journal of Psychology and Christianity.  In press.

Dean, J. B. (2014, May 4).  PTSD in our veterans [Radio broadcast episode].  In K. Chawansky (Producer), Let’s Talk:  The Dr. Stan Frager Show.  Louisville, KY:  970AM WGTK.

Yarhouse, M. A., Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Colpitts, D., & McRay, B. (2014, April).  Multiple considerations among sexual minority Christians.  Continuing education workshop presentation at the 2014 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Nesselroade, K. P., Davis, E. B., & Cuthbert, A. (2014, April).  Counselor self-care and lovingkindness meditations (LKM): Review of research and opportunity to practice.  Continuing education workshop presentation at the 2014 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Schuster, S. A., & Dean, J. B. (2014, March).  Advocacy:  Every voice counts.  Continuing education workshop presentation at the 2014 Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Wilmore, KY.

Dean, J. B., Duncan, A., & Shechet, A. (2013, November).  Learning in the trenches: Understanding the psychological needs of military families through firsthand perspectives.  Workshop presentation at the 2013 Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Lexington, KY.

Holeman, V. T., & Dean, J. B. (2013, March). Religious training in counselor education programs: Competencies of graduates. Poster session presented at the 2013 Conference and Expo of the American Counseling Association, Cincinnati, OH.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., & Lastoria, M. (2013). Sexual minorities in faith-based education: A national survey of attitudes, milestones, identity, and religiosity. Journal of Psychology and Theology. Accepted to be published in the spring of 2013.

 

Recent Student Research includes:

Scott, J. A., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor).  Self-perception, social dominance, and right-wing authoritarianism as correlates to prejudicial implicit attitudes toward gender.  Poster presented for the 2014 Annual Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, Wilmore, KY.   Winner:  “Ernest Myer Undergraduate Research Award – First Place.”

Anderson, M., Anderson, N., Gilbert, H., Payton, A., Zweifel, D., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2014, March).  Environmental effects on state-induced test anxiety.  Poster presented for the 2014 Annual Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, Wilmore, KY.

Giroux, N., Kuhl, M., Shetterly, A., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2014, March). Effects of horses on recognizing body language and facial expression.  Poster presented for the 2014 Annual Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, Wilmore, KY. 

Bigam, J., Vargas, R., Blair, J., Greene, D., Coffey, A., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2014, March).  A study on stress reduction with avatar creation.  Poster presented for the 2014 Annual Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, Wilmore, KY.

Woolls, N., Anderson, M., Soehnlen, M., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2014, March).  Survey on sex role attitudes within a Christian population.   Poster presented for the 2014 Annual Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, Wilmore, KY.

Greene, D., Coffey, A., Bigam, J., Vargas, R., Blair, J. & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2014, March).  Video game social and self identities: A study on video game guilds and possible selves.  Poster presented for the 2014 Annual Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, Wilmore, KY.

Woolls, N., Kuhl, M., Wolgamot, H., Pullar, A., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor), Stratton, S. P. (faculty sponsor), & Nesselroade, P. (faculty sponsor) (2013, November).  Mindfulness, meditation, prayer, and mental health among Christian undergraduates.  Poster presented for the 2013 Annual Conference of the Kentucky Academy of Science, Morehead, KY.

Bigam, J., Greene, D., Coffey, A., Vargas, R., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, November).  The real self and the virtual self:  Understanding the relationships between these identities among gamers.  Poster presented for the 2013 Annual Conference of the Kentucky Academy of Science, Morehead, KY.

Bigam, J., Engler, M., Greene, D., Coffey, A., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March).  The relationship of the self to one's gaming avatar.  Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY.

Bauer, S. M., Gruver, D., Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor), & Holcomb, G. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March).  Exploring contributing factors of spiritual maturity in undergraduate students. Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY.      

Connolly, N., Herzig, N., Kuhl, M., Shoemaker, A., Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor), Stratton, S. P. (faculty sponsor), & Nesselroade, P. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March).  Survey of meditational beliefs and practices among undergraduate students in Christian higher education.  Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY.      

Ritter, S., Kuhl, M., Rodig, J., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March).  The effect of interaction with horses on psychological well-being.  Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY.           

Mudge, I., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March).  Cross-cultural experience and trauma: The impact on the individual.  Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY.

Bauer, S., Burnett, S., Ball, L., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March). The psychological and physiological effects of environmental color. Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Louisville, KY.

Mudge, I., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March).  Cross-cultural experience and trauma: The impact on the individual.  Poster presented for the Undergraduate Research Symposium of Transylvania University, Lexington, KY.  Winner:  “Most Outstanding Presentation.”

Bauer, S., Burnett, S., Ball, L., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2013, March). The psychological and physiological effects of environmental color. Poster presented for the Undergraduate Research Symposium of Transylvania University, Lexington, KY.

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