Dr. Janet B. Dean – Asbury University
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Associate Professor / Program Director, SEARCH Student ScholarshipJanet Dean

Department: Psychology

Office: MO 309

Phone Extension: 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, advises our local chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology and our Psychology Club, and co-facilitates Asbury’s annual undergraduate research symposium SEARCH. She was recognized by the Kentucky Psychological Association with the “2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Mentor Award” and by Asbury with a “Faculty-Scholar Award” in 2018.

As part of her work at Asbury, Dr. Dean is actively involved in research that explores the intersection between faith and psychology. As a Fellow with the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute through Wheaton College, her primary research explores sexuality and gender identity development on faith-based campuses.  Other research interests include sexuality and religiosity, thoughts of God and psychological well-being, forgiveness, and counselor self-care, in addition to various student projects that she facilitates.

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 20 years of experience in psychological assessment and treatment across a variety of settings, including university counseling, community mental health, correctional and forensic psychology, and her ongoing private practice. As affiliate faculty, she also teaches counseling courses at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dean is actively involved with the Kentucky Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, having served on the Board of Directors for both organizations in the past.  She currently serves as a regular member of the Spring Academic Conference Committee for KPF.

On a personal note, Dr. Dean is married to Rev. Kevin Dean ’92, a retired Navy Reserve chaplain and a current member of Asbury’s Student Development team. They have two boys, one in college at Asbury and one in seminary. They are active members of Grace Community Church (Church of the Nazarene) in Nicholasville.  Dr. Dean holds a district ministerial license and serves on the Kentucky District Advisory Board for the Church of the Nazarene.

Degrees: 

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

Courses offered: 

  • Psy101 Psychology and Everyday Life
  • Psy340 Forensic Psychology
  • Psy372 Experimental Psychology
  • Psy373 Experimental Psychology Lab
  • Psy393 Psychology of Personhood
  • Psy472 Learning and Motivation
  • Psy436 Research Practicum
  • Psy476 Ethics in Psychology

Book

Yarhouse, M. A., Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., & Lastoria, M. (2018). Listening to Sexual Minorities: A Study of Faith and Sexual Identity on Christian College Campuses. Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press.

Selected Articles

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., & Yarhouse, M. A. (2020). Becoming an intentional church community: Relationships, security, and discipleship in sexual identity and faith development. Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry [Online prepublication].

Reed, J., Stratton, S. P., Koprowski, G., Dillon, C., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., & Bucher, E. (2020). “Coming out” to parents in a Christian context: A consensual qualitative analysis of LGB student experiences. Counseling and Values, 65, 38-56.

Yarhouse, M. A., Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Lastoria, M., & Bucher, E. (2017). A survey of sexual minorities who attend faith-based institutions of higher education. Growth Journal, 16, 20-38.

Sauerheber, J. D., Holeman, V. T., & Dean, J. B. (2014). Perceptions of counselor educators about spiritual competencies.   Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33(1), 70-83.

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. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41, 3-23.

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.

Selected Presentations (2017-present)

Yarhouse, M. A., Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Keefe, H., Reed, J., & Koprowski, G. (2020, Aug). The experiences of transgender and gender diverse students at Christian college campuses [Poster session]. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC. (online)

Rosenkrantz, D. E., Stratton, S. P., & Dean, J. B. (2020, Aug). The complex relationship between religious/spiritual and sexual identities: A literature review. In J. A. Paulez and E. B. Davis (Chairs), Prismatic faith: Diverse perspectives on the complex religious/spiritual lives of sexual minorities [Symposium]. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC. (online)

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., & Yarhouse, M. A. (2020, Mar). The intersection of faith and gender identity at faith-based schools: Attitudes, beliefs, climate, and milestones. [Conference session]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Dean, J. B. (2020, Mar). Thinking pastorally about forgiveness [Lecture and discussion]. Center for Pastor Theologians, Wilmore, KY.

Yarhouse, M. A., Stratton, S. P., & Dean, J. B. (2020, Feb). Lessons from listening to sexual minorities [60-minute podcast]. In H. Wilcox (Producer/Moderator), Thrive, Asbury Theological Seminary. https://thrive.asburyseminary.edu/listeningtosexualminorities/

Stratton, S. P., Reed, J. L., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Bledsoe, K., Dillon, C., Price, D., Sipe, A., & Sadusky, J. (2019, Nov).The impact of micro-affirmations on a sample of sexual minority students in faith-based higher education [Conference session]. Kentucky Counseling Association Conference, Louisville, KY.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Koprowski, G., Yarhouse, M. A., Anderson-Fiddler, C., Clements, N., Monroe, Z., & Sadusky, J. (2019, Nov). Updated “holding patterns”: The intersection of sexual identity and religious/spiritual identity [Conference session]. Kentucky Counseling Association Conference, Louisville, KY.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., & Keefe, H. (2019, Nov). Gender identity and religious/spiritual identity in faith-based higher education [Conference session]. Kentucky Counseling Association Conference, Louisville, KY.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Jul). Living in the tension: Sexual identity and faith [90-minute podcast]. In J. Comstock (Producer/Moderator), The Discipleship Place, The Church of the Nazarene.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Jul). Listening to sexual minorities on Christian college campuses [Workshop]. Board of Regents, Baylor University, Summer Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Jul). Building an intentional community [Workshop]. Board of Regents, Baylor University, Summer Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Jun). A dozen myths about sexual identity: Ministry to teens who experience same-sex sexual attraction [Conference session]. Nazarene Youth International (NYI) Convention, Church of the Nazarene (denomination), Denver, CO.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Jun). Understanding sexual and gender diversity for ministry [Conference session]. Colorado District Assembly, Church of the Nazarene (denomination), Denver, CO.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Jun). Ministry to sexual and gender diverse individuals [Conference session]. Colorado District Assembly, Church of the Nazarene (denomination), Denver, CO.

Dean, J. B., & Stratton, S. P. (2019, Mar). Holding faith and sexual identity together: Sexual minority students’ patterns of holding and their related self-perceptions, mental health, and college experiences [Conference session]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, Dallas, TX.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Feb). Understanding and reaching those navigating sexual identity questions [Conference session]. M19, the Church of the Nazarene (denomination), Kansas City, MO.

Dean, J. B., & Hopkins, D. J. (2019, Feb). Discipleship and self-care in recovery [Conference session]. Asbury University and the Salvation Army, Growing Saints Conference, Wilmore, KY.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Feb). Listening to sexual minorities at faith-based colleges & universities [Three-Hour Workshop]. Eastern Nazarene College Faculty and Staff Training, Boston, MA.

Dean, J. B. (2019, Feb). Listening to sexual minorities at faith-based colleges & universities [Three-hour Workshop]. Baylor University Student Life Staff, Waco, TX.

Dean, J. B. (2018, Dec). Faith and sexual identity on Christian college campuses [Webinar]. Association for Christians in Student Development.

Dean, J. B. (2018, Nov). Walking with sexual and gender diverse people in faith [Conference session]. Nazarene Camping Association Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.

Reed, J. L., Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Dillon, C., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., & Koprowski, G. (2018, Nov).“Coming out”: Disclosures to parents by LGB Christians [Conference session]. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Convention, Louisville, KY.

Dean, J. B., & Lastoria, M. (2018, Oct). Listening to sexual minorities on Christian college campuses [One hour podcast]. In C. Mason & T. Hixenbaugh (Producers/Moderators), The Learner’s Corner.

Dean, J. B., & Lastoria, M. (2018, Aug 8). Listening to sexual minorities on Christian college campuses [Thirty minute radio broadcast on WUMZ, Detroit, MI]. In B. Dutko’s (Host), The Bob Dutko Show: Fearlessly Defending the Faith

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., & Lastoria, M. (2018, Apr). Living in the tension: Mental health and psychological well-being among sexual minorities at faith-based colleges and universities [Conference session]. Christian Association of Psychological Studies International Convention, Norfolk, VA.

Yarhouse, M. A., White, G. (Moderator), Dean, J. B. (Discussant), Benton, B. (Discussant), & Dwiwardani, C. (Discussant). (2018, Apr). Religion and spirituality in LGBTQ+ studies [Conference session]. Christian Association of Psychological Studies International Conference Distinguished Scholar Lecture, Norfolk, VA.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., Reed, J., Koprowski, G., Halford, S., & Zimmerman, T. (2018, Apr). Holding on”: How faith-based college students negotiate intersecting sexual and religious/spiritual identities [Conference session]. Christian Association of Psychological Studies International Convention, Norfolk, VA.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., Sadusky, J., & Bucher, E. (2017, Nov). Listening to sexual minorities at faith-based colleges & universities [Three-hour Conference session]. Kentucky Psychological Association Convention, Lexington, KY.

Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Stratton, S. P., Lastoria, M., Sadusky, J., & Summay, W. (2017, Aug). Listening to sexual minorities at faith-based colleges & universities [Conference session]. American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., Butcher, E., & Sadusky, J. (2017, Mar). Listening to sexual minority Christians across time and place: A survey of students [Conference session]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, Chicago, IL.

Holeman, V. T., & Dean, J. B. (2017, Mar). Let forgiveness flow: A Christian-based yoga intervention for forgiveness [Poster session]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, Chicago, IL.

Current research/scholarship: 

Sexual identity and Christian Faith, Gender identity and Christian Faith, Counselor self-care, Mindfulness, Forgiveness, Religious integration in counselor training

Other: 

SELECTED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH MENTORSHIP INCLUDES:

Lillian Ledford: Gender Roles, Religion, and Self-Discrepancies (Spring 2019).  Poster at 2019 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Foundation; Poster at Asbury’s 2019 SEARCH Symposium, Received Overall Scholar of Excellence Award & Scholar of Excellence in the Sciences Award 

Alyssa MartinThe mediating role of shame in the relationship between thoughts about God and mental health (Fall 2017).  Poster at Asbury’s 2018 SEARCH Symposium, Received Scholar of Excellence in the Sciences Award.  Poster at 2018 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Foundation,  Received the Ernest Myer Undergraduate Research Award (First Place).

Jeanine Campbell: Understanding psychological distress within the Christian student community: The influence of resilience and God representations (Spring 2017).  Poster at 2017 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association; Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium, Received Overall Scholar of Excellence Award & Scholar of Excellence in the Sciences Award

Al Mattingly:       The effects of music on concentration tasks (Fall 2015); The influence of negative emotion on musical selection (Spring 2015); Antisocial Personality Disorder: Are you even trying? (Spring 2016); The effects of religiosity and family involvement on abstinence pledges in Christian undergraduate students (Fall 2014);     Poster at 2016 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association; Poster at 2015 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association; Poster at 2014 Annual Meeting, Kentucky Academy of Science; Poster at Asbury’s 2016 SEARCH Symposium, Received Best in Humanities Award

James Austin Scott:   Self-perception, social dominance, and right-wing authoritarianism as correlates to prejudicial implicit attitudes toward gender (Spring 2014);       Poster at 2014 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association, Received the Ernest Myer Undergraduate Research Award – First Place.

Ian Mudge:   Cross-cultural experience and trauma: The impact on the individual (Fall 2012, Spring 2013); Moral development: The impact of cross-cultural experiences on the individual(Spring 2012); Poster at 2013 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association; Poster at 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Transylvania University, Received “Most Outstanding Presentation” Award. Poster at 2012 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

Affiliations: 

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association, Division 36 – Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Christian Association of Psychological Studies

Kentucky Psychological Association

Kentucky Counseling Association

Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society

Sexual and Gender Identity Institute, Fellow

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