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portrait of Christopher Grace

Christopher R. Grace

Professor of Psychology
Vice President for Student Development, University Planning and Information Technology
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • M.S., Colorado State University
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado

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Christopher Grace serves as the Vice President for Student Development and University Planning at Biola, and is professor of psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. Dr. Grace serves on the President's Administration Council and leads the effort for strategic planning at Biola University. He also oversees the area of Student Development and Information Technology. Dr. Grace graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in psychology in 1983. He earned his Master of Science and his Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Experimental Social Psychology from Colorado State University.

Dr. Grace began his career at Biola as a professor of psychology in 1987. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Vice Provost for Faculty Development and University Assessment, all the while continuing to teach the Introduction to Psychology course every year at Biola. He was honored with the Professor of the Year Award by Biola's senior class in 1994, received Biola's Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and has been recognized in "Who's Who Among College Professors" numerous times. Dr. Grace has served as an executive member of the WASC Re-Accreditation team and is currently an outside reviewer for other WASC universities. He also serves on the editorial review board of various journals and was chair of the undergraduate psychology department for six years. Dr. Grace has many publications and presentations in the field of psychology, and speaks regularly to churches on topics like dating, marriage and relationships. Along with his wife, Alisa, he provides seminars and marriage retreats at colleges and universities nationwide with the Center for Relationship Enrichment.

Dr. Grace's appointment calendar is available.


  • American Psychological Society (Member)
  • Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, Editorial Review Board
  • Journal of Psychology and Theology, Editorial Review Board



  • Intelligent design psychology and evolutionary psychology on consciousness: Turning water into wine.” with Moreland, J.P. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30, 2002. Pp. 51-67.
  • Special Issue: Evolutionary Psychology and Intelligent Design-Part 2Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30(1), 2002.
  • Special Issue: Evolutionary Psychology and Intelligent Design-Part 1.” ed. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 29(4), 2001.
  • The Pleistocene mind: A critical review of evolutionary psychology and an introduction to intelligent design psychology.Journal of Psychology and Theology, 29, 2001. Pp. 289-300.
  • Christianity and evolutionary psychology: Introduction to special issue-Part I.Journal of Psychology and Theology, 29, 2001. Pp. 287-288.
  • Effects of perceived ethnicity on ratings of speaker/teacher effectiveness.Research on Christian Higher Education, 5, 1998. Pp. 125-139.
  • Excellence in pedagogy: Some obstacles to integration for the Christian psychology professor. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 23(4), 1995.
  • The perils and promises of teaching integration in introductory psychology. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 23(4), 1995.
  • Science, religion and the 17th-century Puritans. Faculty Dialogue, 26. 1995.
  • Psychotherapists' management of confidentiality, burnout and affiliation needs: A national survey. Psychotherapy in Private Practice, 13(2), 1-17. 1994.


  • President's Administrative Council (PAC)
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Marriage and Relationship Conference/Retreat Speaker
  • Evaluator on Institutional Reviews, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Eligibility Review Committee, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Past Chair of Undergraduate Psychology Department