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Faculty | M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Berry Bishop

  • Assistant Professor, MFT
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Interim Director, MFT Program

  • PsyD Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology Azusa Pacific University
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology: Azusa Pacific University
  • M.A. Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A. Psychology California State University Chico
  • Additional studies performed at Butte College, Chico

Berry Bishop is the Interim Director of the MFT Program at Talbot. Bishop graduated from Talbot with a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and then obtained her doctorate in psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Her primary research interest is in the area of trauma and spiritual direction. In addition to teaching, she continues to practice as a clinical psychologist....

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Megen Phillips

  • Director of Clinical Training

Analicia Davis

  • Academic Coordinator, MFT

Cayla Bland

  • Director, Applied Psychology

    Dr. Cayla Bland comes to Biola from MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Kansas City area, where she was an associate professor of counseling. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Bland has 20 years of teaching experience in Christian higher education with undergraduate,...


    Undergraduate Courses Taught

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Counseling Techniques
    • Capstone Course

    Graduate Courses Taught

    • Structure & Process of Therapy
    • Helping Skills
    • Systemic Foundation & Family Issues
    • Family Counseling
    • Marriage, Couple, & Family Consultation (on-line)
    • Family Education Experience
    • Marriage, Couple, & Family Practicum & Internship
    • Clinical Mental Health Internship
    • Career Counseling (on-line)
    • Post Modern Advanced Theories
    • Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Advanced Statistic, Teaching Assistant

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    Kevin Van Lant

    • Director, Pastoral Care and Counseling program
    • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

    • Ph.D., Rosemead School of Psychology
    • M.A., Biola University
    • B.A., Biola University

    Kevin Van Lant is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He teaches courses in pastoral care and counseling, marriage counseling, psychopathology and health psychology. Dr. Van Lant has a private psychotherapy practice in Los Alamitos, CA. In his clinical role, he works primarily with depression, anxiety and stress disorders...

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    David Merrill

    • Assistant Professor, ISF-CTI

    • Ph.D. Department of Theology, Durham University, U.K.
    • Th.M. Historical Theology, Talbot School of Theology
    • M.Div. Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A. Christian Ministry, Trinity International University

    David Merrill and his wife first joined the Biola community in 2006 when Merrill began as a Master of Divinity student and his wife took on an administration role at Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation. During his time as a student, Merrill immersed himself in the academic and communal life of the campus taking on roles varying from adjunct faculty, staff spiritual director, and resident...


    • Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation
    • Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation
    • Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines

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