Dr. Wang teaches integration in the undergraduate program as well as graduate coursework in trauma therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, multicultural issues in clinical psychology, structural equation modeling, and objective personality assessment. His areas of research interest include trauma and traumatic stress, spiritual formation and character/virtue development, mindfulness/self-compassion, spiritual theology (with special interest in the English Puritans), and various topics related to multicultural psychology and social justice. He is also a licensed psychologist who maintains a small clinical practice at the Biola Counseling Center. Dave and his wife Vivian live with their daughters Lydia and Sydney in Fullerton, CA. He also serves on the
board of directors for Joya Scholars (joyascholars.org), a non-profit
organization that seeks to inspire and prepare students from families
of low-income communities in Fullerton to succeed through higher
- Aten, J. D., Davis, E. B., Shannonhouse, L. R., Van Tongeren, D. R.,
Wang, D. C., & Hall, M. E. L. (2016-2018). Leader humility in
humanitarian aid organizations. John Templeton Foundation.
- Wang, D. C., Hill, P. C., & Porter, S. L. (2016-2017). The spiritual, character, and virtue formation of seminarians. John Templeton Foundation. Funded: $217,000.
- Wang, D. C., Canada, A. L., & Poston, J. M. (2016) The multi faceted impact of graduate school debt on seminary students. Lilly Endowment. Funded: $32,710.
Journal Publications (Peer Reviewed)
- Wang, D. C.,
Aten, J. D., Boan, D., Wismick, J-C., Griff, K. P., Valcin, V., Davis, E. B.,
Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Van Tongeren, D. R., Abouezzeddine, T., Sklar, Q.,
& Wang, A. (in press). Culturally Adapted Spiritually Oriented Trauma
Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Survivors of Restavek.
in Clinical Practice.
- Augustyn, B., Hall, T. W., Wang, D. C., & Hill, P. C. (in press).
Relational spirituality: An attachment-based model of spiritual
development and psychological well-being.
Psychology and Religion
- Wang, D. C., & Tan, S-Y. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): Empirical
evidence and clinical applications from a Christian perspective.
Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 35, 68-76.
- Bailey, K. L., Jones, B. D., Hall, T. W., Wang, D. C., McMartin, J.
M., & Fujikawa, A. M. (2016). Spirituality at a crossroads: A
grounded theory of Christian emerging adults.
Religion and Spirituality, 8, 99-109.
- Mondragon, S.
A., Wang, D. C., Pritchett, L., Graham, D. P., Plasencia, M. L., & Teng, E.
J. (2015). The influence of military sexual trauma on returning OEF/OIF
Psychological Services, 12, 402-411.
- Hall, T. W.,
Edwards, E., & Wang, D. C. (2015). The spiritual development of
emerging adults over the college years: A four-year longitudinal investigation.
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7,
Wang, D. C., Strosky, D., & Fletes, A. (2014). Secondary and vicarious trauma: Implications for faith and clinical practice. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33, 281-286.
Coleman, M. N., Chapman, S., & Wang, D. C. (2013). An examination of color-blind racism and race-related stress among African-American undergraduate students, The Journal of Black Psychology, 39, 484-502.
Wang, D. C. (2011). Two perspectives on spiritual dryness: Spiritual Desertion and the Dark Night of the Soul. Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 4, 27-42.
Crisp, G., Horn, C., Dizinno, G., & Wang, D. C. (2010). Modeling the racial and ethnic implications of admissions policy changes in the pursuit of tier one status. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 3, 71-84.
Wang, D. C. (2010). The English Puritans and spiritual desertion: A protestant perspective on the place of spiritual dryness in the Christian life. Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 3, 42-65.
Book Chapters, Other Publications (Invited)
- Aten, J. D., Schruba, A., Entwistle, D. N., Davis, W., Ranter, J.,
Hwang, J., Hook, J. N., Wang, D. C., Davis, D., & Van Tongeren,
D. (in press). Faith and disaster mental health: Empirical,
theological, and psychological perspectives. In H. Gingrich & F.
Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling and
Psychotherapy. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.
- Hill, P. C.,
Laney, E. K., Edwards, K. J., Wang, D. C., Orme, W. H., Chan, A. C., &
Wang, F. L. (in press). A few good measures: Colonel Jessup and humility. In E.
L. Worthington, D. E. Davis, & J. N. Hook (Eds.),
Handbook of Humility. New York, NY: Routledge.
Wang, D. C., & Wang, A. (2014). Integrating the human capacity to recover and thrive into trauma therapy: An empirically grounded guide. PsycCRITIQUES,
Wang, D. C., & Chan, A. (2014). Didn’t we stop thinking that mental illness was caused by the devil? Revisiting the topic of psychosis and spirituality. PsycCRITIQUES, 59.
Wang, D. C. (2011). [Review of the book Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human, by Dr. David G. Benner]. Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 4, 314-316.