DepartmentRosemead School of Psychology
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Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Houston
  • Th.M., Regent College
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Biography

David 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, Calif. He is also a pastor at One Life City Church (Fullerton) 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.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Division 36 (Member-at-large, 2014-2017)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 36 (Program Chair, 2014)
  • American Psychological Association (Member, 2009-present)
  • Divisions 36 (Religion and Spirituality) & 56 (Trauma Psychology)

Publications (Selected)

Grants

  • Aten, J. D., Davis, E. B., Shannonhouse, L. R., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Wang, D. C. (2016-2018). Leader humility in humanitarian aid organizations. John Templeton Foundation. Funded: $301,834.
  • Wang, D. C., Canada, A. L., & Poston, J. M. (2016-2018). The multifaceted impact of graduate school debt on seminary students. Lilly Endowment. Funded: $44,586.
  • 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.

Journal Publications (Peer Reviewed)

  • Wang, D. C., Lopez, F. G., Wiesner, M., Nguyen, Q. X., & Horn, C. (in press). An empirical investigation into the cognitive and relational dynamics of mindfulness: Adult attachment security mediates the relationship between mindfulness and naïve dialecticalism. Mindfulness and Compassion.
  • 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 of Religion and Spirituality.
  • Shruba, A. N., Aten, J., Wang, D. C., Entwistle, D. N., Davis, W., & Boan, D. (in press). Psychological First Aid and Christian responses to suffering from natural and human-made disasters. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
  • Porter, S. L., Hall, M. E. L., & Wang, D. C. (in press). Losing my religion: spiritual discouragement amongst Christian therapists due to repeat exposure to spiritual immaturity in Christian clients. Journal of Psychology and Theology.
  • Moradshahi, M., Hall, T. W., Wang, D. C., & Canada, A. (in press). The Spiritual Narrative Questionnaire: Initial development and psychometric properties. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
  • Wang, D. C., Aten, J. D., Boan, D., Jean-Charles, W., Griff, K. P., Valcin, V., Davis, E. B., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Van Tongeren, D. R., Abouezzeddine, T., Sklar, Q., & Wang, A. (2016). Culturally adapted spiritually oriented trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy for child survivors of restavek. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 3, 224-236.
  • 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. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8, 99-109.
  • Crawford, N. & Wang, D. C. (2016). A brief history of psychology and missions in JPT: Looking back, around, and forward. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 44, 263-267.
  • 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 male veterans. 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, 1-12.
  • 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. Gingrich (Eds.), Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy . Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.
  • Wang, D. C. (2017). Mobilizing and equipping the Church for soul care and counseling: A classic resource updated and revised. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 45, 144-146.
  • Hill, P. C., Laney, E. K., Edwards, K. J., Wang, D. C., Orme, W. H., Chan, A. C., & Wang, F. L. (2017). A few good measures: Colonel Jessup and humility. In E. L. Worthington, D. E. Davis, & J. N. Hook (Eds.), Handbook of Humility (119-133). 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, 59.
  • 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.

Presentations

  • Bee, R. & Wang, D. (2017 October). Debt impact on student life, health, and ministry. Breakout Session at the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers Forum, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Grey, E., Wang, D., & Abouezzeddine, T. (2017, August). Spiritual/religious factors that support and hinder self-compassion among an Evangelical Population. Poster session presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 36 – Religion and Spirituality), Washington, DC.
  • Lindsey, C. A., Wang, D. C., & Hall, T. W. (2017, August). Moderating Effects of God Representations on Engagement with Beauty and Spirituality. Poster session presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 36 – Religion and Spirituality), Washington DC.
  • Ruf, B. M., Wang, D. C., & Williams, J. K. (2017, August). An investigation into the many facets of spirituality that mediate the relationship between engagement with nature and well-being. Poster session presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 36 – Religion and Spirituality), Washington, DC.
  • Kim, G. Y., Wang, D. C., & Hill, P. C. (2017, August). An Investigation into the Multifaceted Relationship between Gratitude, Empathy, and Compassion. Poster session presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 36 – Religion and Spirituality), Washington, DC.
  • Hudson, A., Wang, D. C., & Neville, H. A. (2016, August). Color Blind Racism, Mindfulness, and Intercultural Competence: A Pilot Study. Poster presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 45 – Culture, Ethnicity and Race), Denver, CO.
  • Porter, S., Hall, M. E. L., & Wang, D. C. (2016, March). Losing My Religion: spiritual discouragement amongst Christian therapists due to repeated exposure to spiritual crisis amongst Christian clients. Break out session presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Wang, D. C. (2015, August). Supervising clinical work with survivors of trauma: Implications of trauma work on therapists’ spirituality. Symposia presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 36 – Religion and Spirituality), Toronto, Canada.
  • Wang, D. C., Boan, D., Aten, J. D., Charles, W. J., Valcin, V., Abouezzeddine, T., Davis, E. B., Hook, J., Davis, D., & Van Tongeren, D. (2015, August). Spiritually Oriented Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Haitian Children in Restavek. Symposia presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 36 – Religion and Spirituality), Toronto, Canada.
  • Punzo, J., Henning, J., & Wang, D. (2014, August). Intersections between Trauma and Spirituality: Clinical and Research Implications. Symposia presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 56 – Trauma Psychology), Washington, DC.
  • Waters, A., Hill, P., Cook, K., & Wang, D. (2014, April). Forgiveness and Humility Potentially Mitigate the Negative Effects of Racial Microaggressions. Paper presented at the APA Division 36 (Religion and Spirituality) Mid-Winter Conference, La Mirada, CA.
  • Mondragon, S., Wang, D., Pritchett, L., Graham, D., & Teng, E. (2012, November). The influence of military sexual harassment and military sexual assault on male veterans. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Nguyen, Q.X., Wang, D., Arnspiger, B., Al Jurdi, R., Mullins, D., & Waldman, K. (2012, August). Veterans flagged for suicide risk: Factors associated with going from high to low suicide risk. Poster presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 19 – Military Psychology), Orlando, FL.
  • Wang, D., & Lopez, F. G. (August 2011). Attachment security as the social foundation of mindfulness-based emotional self-regulation: Dialectical Thinking as a mediator. Poster presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 8 – Personality and Social Psychology), Washington, DC.
  • Wang, D., & Coleman, M. N. (August 2010). The effect of online priming on racial attitudes: Motivation to respond without prejudice as a mediating factor. Poster presented at the APA Annual Convention (Division 45 – Culture, Ethnicity and Race), San Diego, CA.
  • Wang, D. (February 2009). Faithful stewardship: Ethical and practical considerations in explicit integration. Keynote address at the Integration Symposium of the University of St. Thomas “Religion, Mental Health, and the Search for Meaning,” Houston, TX.
  • Wang, D., & Coleman, M. N. (January 2009). Exploring differences in implicit and explicit racial attitudes in college students. Poster presented at the National Multicultural Summit, New Orleans, LA.

Research Interests

  • Trauma, Traumatic Stress
  • Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Theology, Integration of Psychology and Theology
  • Mindfulness, Self-Compassion
  • Character/Virtue Development
  • Multicultural Psychology, Various Topics Pertaining To Social Justice
  • Spiritual Struggle, Dark Night of the Soul

Courses

  • Trauma Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Measurement & Assessment II: Personality
  • Psychology & Christian Thought
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