David Wang teaches coursework on trauma therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, integration, multicultural issues in clinical psychology and structural equation modeling. 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 (with offices in Fullerton and La Mirada). Dave and his wife, Vivian, live with their two daughters in Fullerton, Calif. He is also pastor of spiritual formation at One Life City Church and serves on the board of directors for Joya Scholars, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and prepare students from families of at-risk communities in Fullerton to succeed through higher education.
- Wang, D. C., Hill, P. C., Porter, S. L., Sandage, S. J., McMinn, M. R., & King, P. E. (2017-2019). Creating and pilot testing a seminarian character/virtue and spiritual development program assessment instrument. John Templeton Foundation.
- Wang, D.C., Reed, A.H., Rudy-Froese, A., Walker, B., Bee, R., Canada, A., & Poston, J. (2018-2019). An empirical, mixed-methods investigation into the prevalence and impact of shame on the spiritual life and financial behavior of seminary students. Lilly Endowment. Funded: $20,000.
- Aten, J. D.,
Davis, E. B., Shannonhouse, L. R., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Wang, D. C. (2016-2019). Leader humility in humanitarian aid organizations.
John Templeton Foundation.
- Wang, D. C., Canada, A. L., & Poston, J. M. (2016-2018). The multifaceted impact
of graduate school debt on seminary
students. Lilly Endowment.
- Wang, D. C.,
Hill, P. C., & Porter, S. L. (2016-2017). The spiritual, character, and
virtue formation of seminarians. John
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.
- Kim, G. Y., Wang, D .C., & Hill, P. C. (in press). An investigation into the multifaceted relationship between gratitude, empathy, and compassion. Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.
- Ruf, B. M., Wang, D. C., & Williams J. K. (in press). Investigating the many facets of spirituality that mediate the relationship between exposure to nature and psychological well-being. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion.
- Strosky, D. G., Wang, D. C., Hill, P. C., Long, J. E., Davis, E.B., & Cuthbert, A.D. (in press). Students in faith-based doctoral psychology programs: Religious/spiritual struggles moderate the effect of distress from clinical work on negative affect. Journal of Psychology and Theology.
- Shruba, A. N., David, E. B., Aten, J. D., Wang, D. C., Entwistle, D. N., & Boan, D. (in press). Psychological first aid and the role of scientific evidence in Christians' provision of disaster spiritual and emotional care. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
- Augustyn, B., Hall, T. W., Wang, D. C., & Hill, P. C. (2017). Relational spirituality: An attachment-based model of spiritual development and psychological well-being. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
- Porter, S. L., Hall, M. E. L., & Wang, D. C. (2017). Losing my religion: spiritual discouragement amongst Christian therapists due to repeat exposure to spiritual immaturity in Christian clients. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 45, 133-143.
- Moradshahi, M., Hall, T. W., Wang, D. C., & Canada, A. (2017). The Spiritual Narrative Questionnaire: Initial development and psychometric properties. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 36, 35-50.
- 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. (2017). Faith and disaster mental health: Empirical,
theological, and psychological perspectives. In H. Gingrich & F.
Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling and
(pp. 305-321). 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.
Psychology and Theology, 45
- 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,
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.