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Janet DeanAssociate Professor / Program Director, SEARCH Student Scholarship

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. In 2014, she was recognized by the Kentucky Psychological Association with the “Outstanding Undergraduate Student Mentor Award.”

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.

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, serving as the Science and Research Interest Section Representative on its Board of Directors in addition to being a member of the Spring Academic Conference Committee and an Ambassador for the organization.

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 and one in seminary. They are active members of Grace Community Church (Church of the Nazarene) in Nicholasville, and Dr. Dean serves on the Kentucky District Advisory Board for the Church of the Nazarene.

Degrees: 

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

Courses offered: 

  • Psy101 Psychology and Everyday Life
  • Psy340 Forensic Psychology
  • Psy352 Counseling II
  • Psy368 Child and School Psychology
  • Psy372 Experimental Psychology
  • Psy393 Ethics in Psychology
  • Psy472 Learning and Motivation
  • Psy436 Research Practicum
  • Psy373 Experimental Psychology Lab

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

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

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

Reed, J., Dillon, C., Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., & Koprowski, G. (2017, November). “Coming out”:  A qualitative study of disclosure to parents by Christian sexual minorities during the college years.  Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Convention of the Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, KY.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., Reed, J., Koprowski, G., Halford, S., & Zimmerman, T. (2017, November). Holding sexual and religious/spiritual identity in faith-based higher education.  Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Convention of the Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, KY.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., Sadusky, J., & Bucher, E. (2017, November). Listening to sexual minorities at faith-based colleges & universities.  Three-hour workshop presentation at the 2017 Annual Convention of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Lexington, KY.

Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Stratton, S. P., Lastoria, M., Sadusky, J., & Summay, W. (2017, August). Listening to sexual minorities at faith-based colleges & universities.  Workshop presentation at the 2017 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Holeman, V. T., & Dean, J. B. (2017, March). Let forgiveness flow: A Christian-based yoga intervention for forgiveness.  Poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Convention of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., & Butcher, E. (2016, November). Listening to sexual minority Christians across time and place:  A survey of students.  Poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Convention of the Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, KY.

Yarhouse, M. A., Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Lastoria, M., & Butcher, E. (2016, August). A survey of sexual minorities who attend faith-based institutions of higher education.  Poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Dean, J. B. (coordinator/moderator). Treatment updates for clinical practice: Bringing home lessons from the front lines. Five one-hour webinars sponsored by the Kentucky Psychological Association, 2016.

Dean, J. B., Stratton, S. P., Yarhouse, M. A., Lastoria, M., & Butcher, E. (2016, March). Listening to sexual minority Christians across time and place:  A survey of students attending sixteen CCCU-member institutions.  Workshop presentation at the 2016 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, San Diego, CA.

Stratton, S. P., & Dean, J. B. (2016, March). Counselor, tend thyself: Trauma and self-care among counselors. Workshop presentation at the 2016 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, San Diego, CA.

Stratton, S. P., & Dean, J. B. (2015, November). Counselor, tend thyself: Self-care among KCA members. Workshop presentation at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, KY.

Stratton, S. P., Dean, J. B., & Nesselroade, K. P. (2015, April). Physician, tend thyself: Self-care among CAPS members.  Workshop presentation at the 2015 International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Denver, CO.

Dean, J. B. (2015, March).  Learning compassion in the most unlikely places.  Invited keynote address at the 2015 Spring Academic Conference of the Kentucky Psychological Association, Midway, KY.

Stratton, S. P., & Dean, J. B. (2014, August).  Identity Formation in Context: The Intersection of Sexual Identity and Religious/Spiritual Identity as part of J.R. Wolff & M. A. Yarhouse (moderators), Integrating Identities— Spirituality, Religion, and Sexuality.   Continuing education symposium presentation at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

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.

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:

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

Rachel Winger:  Foreign language learning and cultural openness (Fall 2016); Poster at 2016 Annual Meeting, Kentucky Academy of Science.  Right-wing authoritarianism and cultural ideologies (Spring 2017)Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium; Poster at 2017 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

Kelsie Harwell:  Sense of personal disorganization and time management (Fall 2016; Spring 2017); Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium

Shannon Kenny:  The relationship between purity culture, religiosity, and spirituality, and their correlation with sexual attitudes, ideals, and behaviors  (Fall 2016; Spring 2017); Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium; Poster at 2017 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

Kayla Sheeran:   Emoticon use and me: Emoticon usage, personality, and self-esteem (Spring 2017);  Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium; Poster at 2017 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

Hannah Stewart:   Predicting sexual desire: Do anxiety and sexual beliefs play a role?  (Fall 2016);  Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium, Poster at 2017 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

Claire Webb:  Purity culture impact: Religious parent interactions and communication with children regarding sexuality (Fall 2016); Poster at Asbury’s 2017 SEARCH Symposium                      

Meredith Anderson:  Christian parenting in generational transmission of views on sexuality (Fall 2015); The peaceful plateau: Christian parent coping and interactions with LGB adult children (Spring 2016); Survey on sex role attitudes within a Christian population (Spring 2014); The effects of religiosity and family involvement on abstinence pledges in Christian undergraduate students (Fall 2014); Environmental effects on state-induced test anxiety (Fall 2013); Poster at Asbury’s 2016 SEARCH Symposium; 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 2014 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

Molly Bramble:  Christian parenting in generational transmission of views on sexuality (Fall 2015); The peaceful plateau: Christian parent coping and interactions with LGB adult children (Spring 2016); Characteristics of perceived intelligence in relation to self-concept and self-esteem (Spring 2015); Poster at Asbury’s 2016 SEARCH Symposium; Poster at 2016 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association; Poster at 2015 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association          

Mary Anne Lloyd:      Cultural experience and attentive listening cue response. (Spring 2016); Correlational study on sexual education, virginity pledges, sexual activity (Spring 2015);  Poster at Asbury’s 2016 SEARCH Symposium; Poster at 2016 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association; Poster at 2015 Spring Academic Conference, Kentucky Psychological Association

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

Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity

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