DepartmentRosemead School of Psychology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



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

Member of


Carissa Dwiwardani obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. She also completed her psychology undergraduate degree at Biola. Dwiwardani is passionate about training the next generation of mental health practitioners. Prior to coming to Biola as a faculty member, she taught for seven years at Regent University’s clinical psychology doctoral program, and for four years at Azusa Pacific University’s undergraduate and master’s programs. Dwiwardani is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in clinical psychology (ABPP). She maintains a private practice and her areas of clinical specialty include providing treatments for depression, trauma and relational problems. Dwiwardani's research interests include positive psychology, multicultural psychology and clinical training.


  • Asian American Psychological Association (2022-present)
  • Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology (2005-present)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (2008-2021)
  • American Psychological Association (2008-2019)
  • Association for Psychology Training Clinics (2012-2018)


  • The William L. Hathaway Outstanding Faculty Award, Regent University SPC (2015)
  • APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Multicultural Concerns Committee Scholar (2014)


  1. Dwiwardani, C. & Whitney, W. B. (In Press). The cycle of cultural integration: Toward hermeneutical justice in the integration of psychology and theology, Journal of Psychology and Theology Special Issue on Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Peace within the Integration of Psychology and Theology.

  2. Shelton, A. J. & Dwiwardani, C. (In Press). Multiculturalism and diversity in integration journals: A content analysis of JPT and JPC, 1973-2020, Journal of Psychology and Theology Special Issue on Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Peace within the Integration of Psychology and Theology.

  3. Dwiwardani, C., Shelton, A. J., & Oda, A. Y. (2022). Attachment and mental health in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Posttraumatic growth and religion as moderators. Religions, 13(5):470.

  4. DeBlaere, C., Green, C. E., Brown, E., Dwiwardani, C., Owen, J., Hook, J. N., & Davis, D. E. (2021). Mindfulness and Christians of color: Themes and recommendations. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 40(2), 153-159.

  5. Trent, F., Dwiwardani, C., & Page, C. (2021). Factors impacting the retention of students of color in graduate programs: A qualitative study. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 15(3), 219–229.

  6. Kurniati, N. M. T., Worthington Jr., E. L., Widyarini, N., Citra, A. F., Widhiarso, W., Dwiwardani, C. (2020). Does forgiving in a collectivistic culture affect only decisions to forgive and not emotions? REACH Forgiveness Collectivistic (REACH-FC) in Indonesia, International Journal of Psychology. Advanced Online Publication.

  7. *Dwiwardani, C., Ord, A.S., Fennell, M., Eaves, D., Ripley, J.S., Perkins, A., Sells, J., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., Garthe, R. C., Reid, C. A., & Van Tongeren, D. R. (2018). Spelling HUMBLE with U and ME: The role of perceived humility in intimate partner relationships, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13(5), 449-459, doi: 10.1080/17439760.2017.1291849

  8. Kurniati, N. M. T., Worthington Jr., E. L., Poerwandari, E. K., Ginanjar, A. S., & Dwiwardani, C. (2017). Forgiveness in Javanese collectivistic culture: The relationship between rumination, harmonious value, decisional and emotional forgiveness. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 20, 113-127. doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12173

  9. * Ripley, J.S., Garthe, R.C., Perkins, A., Worthington, E.L., Jr., Davis, D.E., Hook, J.N., Reid, C., Van Tongeren, D., Dwiwardani, C., Ord, A., Fennell, M., & Eaves, D. (2016). Perceived partner humility predicts subjective stress during transition to parenthood. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 5(3), 157-167.

  10. * Dwiwardani, C., Hill, P. C., Bollinger, R. A., Marks, L. E., Steele, J. R., Doolin, H. N., Wood, S. L., Davis, D. E. & Hook, J. (2014). Virtues develop from a secure base: Attachment and resilience as predictors of humility, gratitude and forgiveness. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42, 83-90.


  1. *Campos, M., Orellana, A., Ponce, A., Garcia, A, Delgado, V., Shelton A. J., & Dwiwardani, C. (2021, August 12-14). Multiculturalism in journals of psychology and Christianity: A content analysis [Poster presentation]. APA 2021 Convention, Virtual.

  2. *Waters, A. J., Lau, O., Ichimura, E., Torio, S. M., Thomas, A., Posritong, J., & Dwiwardani, C. (2021, July). Positive psychology & experiences of microaggressions: Examining the Crossroads. Poster presentation at APA Division 45 Research Conference, Virtual.

  3. Captari, L. E., Jankowski, P., Sandage, S., & Dwiwardani, C. (discussant). (2021, March). Exploring complexities of relational virtues and flourishing: Clinical dialectics in dialogue. Symposium at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Virtual.

  4. Dwiwardani, C. & Thiessen, J. (2020, March). Navigating the choppy waters of supervision: Addressing issues of professional competence among clinicians in training. A Post-Conference Workshop (3 CE Units) at Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  5. Eck, B. E., Whitney, W., Dwiwardani, C., & Lehmann, C. (2020, March). A developmental approach to integrating religion and spirituality in the psychology curriculum: A faculty-led initiative. Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  6. *Riojas, J.R., Page, C.D., & Dwiwardani, C. (2018, October). Exploring factors and variables that contribute to Hispanic women’s successful completion of a graduate program. Roundtable presented at the National Latinx Psychological Association 2018 Conference, San Diego, CA.

  7. *Dwiwardani, C., Jarvis, E., Kragt, T. J., Page, C. D., & Johnson, J. L. (2018, April). Cultural Humility: Examining the Role of Therapist’s Privilege and The Five-Factor Model. Symposium at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Norfolk, VA.

  8. *Dwiwardani, C., Aguilar, A., & Kragt, T. J. (2018, March). Toward a robust foundational competency: Positive ethics in health service psychology training programs. Poster presentation at the 2018 International Congress for Psychology Training Clinics, Maui, HI.

  9. *Voltmer, A., Dwiwardani, C., Orayfig, A., Miller, V. (2017, August). Intersectionality in research: Scale development and initial case studies. Poster presentation at the 2017 American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

  10. Heller, M.B., Rogers, H., Liu, N.H., Dwiwardani, C., Friedman, P.T., Schwartz, J., Hersh, J., Lantz, M.M. (2017, April). “I see you in me:” Looking in and reaching out to address multicultural issues in clinical training. Panel presentation to the meeting of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics, Miami, FL.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
© Biola University, Inc. All Rights Reserved.