Janet Dean

Assistant Professor
RE 337
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2222

Dr. Janet Dean, a licensed psychologist, is an assistant 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 oJanet Deanur local chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology and our Psychology Club.

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 counseling and mental health care 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.

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 high school and one in middle school.  They are members of Grace Community Church (Church of the Nazarene) in Nicholasville.  Dr. Dean also is actively involved in the local public school system, where she serves as a parent representative on a school-based decision-making council and the district-wide Council of Councils, a Band Boosters committee member for the West Jessamine High School Band, and an official for the West Jessamine Middle School Academic Teams (certified by 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
  • Research Practica
  • Mgt450  Business Statistics

 

Recent Research Activities include:

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.

Dean, J. B., Sauerheber, J. D., & Holeman, V. T. (2012, March). Religious training in counselor education programs: Competencies of graduates. Breakout session presented at the 2012 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Washington, D.C.

Holeman, V. T., Dean, J. B., DeShea, L. A., & Duba, J. D. (2011). Forgiveness, sacred loss/desecration, and differentiation of self. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 39(1), 31-43.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., & Lastoria, M. (2011). Same sex attraction. In M. Lastoria (Ed.), ACSD Research Series: Sexuality, religiosity, behaviors, attitudes: A look at religiosity, sexual attitudes, and sexual behavior of Christian college students (pp. 56-70). Houghton, NY: Association for Christians in Student Development.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Nesselroade, K. P., Hamilton, A., Jordan, R., Stratton, J., & Shaw, F. (2011, April). The importance of prayer-based contemplative forms for Christian samples: Differentiating prayer and secular meditation. Breakout session presented at the 2011 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., & Stratton, S. P. (2011, April). Negotiating gay and lesbian issues in your church with grace. Workshop presented at the 9th International Come to the Water 2011 Conference – Rhythms of Grace for Wesleyan/Holiness Women Clergy, Inc., St. Louis, MO.

 

Recent Student Research includes:

Bauer, S., Burnett, S., Ball, L., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2012, April). The psychological and physiological effects of environmental color. Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Lexington, KY.

Flatt, S., Mudge, I., Stephens, J., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2012, April). Moral development: The impact of cross-cultural experiences on the individual. Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Lexington, KY.

Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor), Hamilton, A., Jordan, R., Stratton, J., Shaw, F., Stratton, S. P. (faculty sponsor), & Nesselroade, K. P. (faculty sponsor) (2011, April). Effects of spiritual and secular mindfulness for Christians. Poster presented at the 2011 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Indianapolis, IN.

Tracy, K., Bistrek, J., Brown, J., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2011, March). Effects of exposure to mathematical and spatial problem solving on verbal reasoning. Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Frankfort, KY.

Camacho, J., & Dean, J. B. (faculty sponsor) (2011, March). Latin America's self-efficacy, locus of control, and socioeconomic status. Poster presented for the Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Frankfort, KY.

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