Janet B. Dean, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Professor of Psychology

Department: Psychology

Office: MO 311

Phone Extension: 2222

Dr. Janet B. Dean is a Professor of Psychology at Asbury University and a licensed psychologist. 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 US 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. Dr. Dean is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and she and her husband are active members of their local church and the Kentucky District of the Church of the Nazarene.

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University (OH)
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, The Ohio State University (OH)
  • M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary (KY)
  • M.A. Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary (KY)
  • B.A. Psychology, The University of Akron (OH)

Courses currently offered:

  • Psy101 Psychology and Everyday Life
  • Psy264HN Who am I? Who are you? Exploring Personhood and Identity
  • Psy340 Forensic Psychology
  • Psy372 Experimental Psychology
  • Psy373 Experimental Psychology Lab
  • Psy393 Psychology of Personhood
  • Psy472 Learning and Motivation
  • Psy436 Research Practicum
  • Psy452 Personality Psychology
  • Psy462 Psychological Assessment
  • 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. (2021, accepted for publication). The mediating role of self-acceptance in the psychological distress of sexual minority students on Christian college campuses. Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

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. http://doi.org/d3r5

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. Retrieved from https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol16/iss16/3

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 (2018-present)

Yarhouse, M. A., & Dean, J. B., (2021, Apr). The mental health and well-being of students navigating sexual or gender identity on Christian college campuses [Multi-academic webinar]. Council for Christian College and Universities, Washington, D.C.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., & Yarhouse, M. A. (2021, Mar). Self-acceptance: A pathway to minimizing psychological distress in Christian sexual minority students [Workshop]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference [Online].

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., & Yarhouse, M. A. (2021, Mar). The intersection of gender identity and faith in Christian higher education: A consensual qualitative research analysis [Workshop]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference [Online].

Dean, J. B. (2021, Mar). Becoming an intentional church community: Relationships, security, and discipleship in sexual identity and faith development [Podcast]. Captain’s Corner Podcast, Tampa Salvation Army Church.

Dean, J. B. (2021, Feb). Trauma-informed ministry: 1) Understanding trauma, 2) The marks of trauma, and 3) Trauma-informed pastoral care [4.5 hours of training workshops]. Empire State Officers’ Retreat, The Salvation Army. NY [Online].

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.

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:

Kaitlyn Wortham (Spring 2021): The relationship between adverse childhood experiences and attachment with forgiveness as a mediator [Poster session]. Kentucky Psychological Foundation 2021 Spring Academic Conference and Asbury University 2021 SEARCH Symposium, Received KPF’s Ernest Myer Undergraduate Research Award (Third Place).

Kaitlyn Wortham & Bethany Fye (Spring 2021): The effects of majority and minority graphs on confidence and faith statements [Poster session]. Kentucky Psychological Foundation 2021 Spring Academic Conference and Asbury University 2021 SEARCH Symposium, Received KPF’s Ernest Myer Undergraduate Research Award (Second Place Tie).

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

Alyssa Martin (Fall 2017):The mediating role of shame in the relationship between thoughts about God and mental health [Poster session].  Asbury University 2018 SEARCH Symposium, Received Scholar of Excellence in the Sciences Award.  Kentucky Psychological Foundation 2018 Spring Academic Conference,  Received the Ernest Myer Undergraduate Research Award (First Place).

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

Al Mattingly (Fall 2014-Spring 2016):  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 session]; Kentucky Psychological Foundation 2016 Spring Academic Conference; Kentucky Psychological Foundation 2015 Spring Academic Conference; Kentucky Academy of Science 2014 Annual Meeting; Asbury University 2016 SEARCH Symposium, Received Best in Humanities Award.

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

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

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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