Associate Professor of Psychology
Editor, Journal of Psychology and Theology
Dr. Wang is a licensed psychologist, pastor, and associate professor of psychology and pastoral counseling. He is the editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology and serves on the editorial board for Spirituality in Clinical Practice. He is principle investigator of the Seminary Formation Assessment Project, a research program funded by the John Templeton Foundation conducting longitudinal empirical research on the human and spiritual formation of students enrolled in 18 North American Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic seminaries. He is also co-principle investigator of the Trauma-Resilient Church Collective Program, a 5-year project funded by the Lilly Endowment mobilizing diverse local congregations to address both individual and systematic factors as they meet the spiritual and mental health needs of trauma survivors. Dr. Wang’s research interests include: trauma and traumatic stress, mindfulness/self-compassion, spiritual theology (with special interest in the experience of the spiritual desert), and various topics related to multicultural psychology and social justice.
Dr. Wang teaches and speaks internationally, maintains a small clinical practice in Fullerton, CA (drdavidcwang.com), is the pastor of spiritual formation at One Life City Church (onelifecitychurch.org) and 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 at-risk communities in Fullerton to succeed through higher education. He also consults with the Global Aftercare Program of the International Justice Mission (ijm.org; an international non-profit organization devoted to ending the global slave trade) and has co-authored their manual on Trauma Informed Care. Dave and his wife Vivian live with their two daughters in Fullerton.