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

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Dr. Hall's research interests include women and work, mothering, sexism, embodiment, and meaning-making in suffering. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. In all of these areas, she strives to bring together psychological research, and theological insights. She teaches integration courses in the undergraduate program, and co-leads a graduate research team on women’s issues.

Dr. Hall's appointment calendar is available.


  • Narramore Christian Foundation (Member, Board of Directors, 1999-present)
  • American Psychological Association (Member, 1994-present; Program Chair, 2003; Member-at-large, 2003-2006; Council Representative, 2008-2012; President, 2013-2014)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Member, 1998-present; Academic representative, Board of Directors, 2003-2006)


Book chapters

  • Hill, P. C., & Hall, M. E. L. (in press). Uncovering the good in positive psychology: Toward a worldview conception that can help positive psychology flourish. In N. J. L. Brown, T. Lomas, & F. J. Eiroá-Orosa (pp. xx-xx), The Routledge international handbook of critical positive psychology. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Hall, M. E. L. (2016). Suffering as Formation: The Hard Road to Glory. In D. Chandler (Ed.), The Holy Spirit and Christian formation: Multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. x-x). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Maltby, L. E., & Hall, M. E. L. (2014). Religion and sexism. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 5462-5466). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. 978-94-007-0752-8
  • Hall, M. E. L. (2014). Structuring the scholarly imagination: Strategies for Christian engagement with the disciplines. In T. M. Crisp, S. L. Porter, G. A. Ten Elshof (Eds.), Christian Scholarship in the 21st century: Prospects and Perils (pp. 97-124). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  • Langer, R., McMartin, J., & Hall, M. E. L. (in press). Theological perspectives on trauma: Human flourishing after the fall. In H. Gingrich & F. Gingrich (Eds.), Treating trauma in Christian counseling and psychotherapy (pp. xx-xx). Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity.
  • Hall, M. E. L., Maltby, L. E., & Anderson, T. L. (2012). Sanctified sexism: Discrimination in religious organizations. In M. A. Paludi (Ed.), Managing diversity in today’s workplace: Strategies for employees and employers; Volume I: Gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and power (pp. 97-122). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Journal Publications

  • Hall, M. E. L., & Hill, P. C. (in press). Meaning-making, suffering, and religion: A worldview conception. Journal of Happiness and Well-Being special issue.
  • Hall, M. E. L. (in press). Suffering in God’s presence: The role of lament in transformation. Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.
  • Jacobson, H., Hall, M. E. L., Anderson, T. L., & Willingham, M. M. (in press). Temple or prison: Religious beliefs and attitudes toward the body. Journal of Religion and Health.
  • Hall, M. E. L., & Boyatzis, C. (Eds.). (2016). Special issue on “God in the bod: Links between religion, spirituality, and embodiment.” Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 19(1).
  • Jacobson, H., Hall, M. E. L., Anderson, T. L., & Willingham, M. M. (2016). Religious beliefs and experiences of the body: An extension of the developmental theory of embodiment. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 19(1), 52-67. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2015.1115473
  • McMinn, M. R., Vogel, M. J., Hall, M. E. L., Abernathy, A. D., Birch, R., Galuza, T., Rodriguez, J., Putman, K. (in press). Religious and spiritual diversity training in clinical psychology doctoral programs: Do explicitly Christian programs differ from other programs? Journal of Psychology and Theology, 15(2), 126-145.
  • Laney, E. K., Hall, M. E. L., Anderson, T. L., & Willingham, M. M. (2015). Becoming a mother: The influence of motherhood on women’s identity development. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 15, 126-145. doi: 10.1080/15283488.2015.1023440
  • Bowlby, C., Anderson, T. L., Hall, M. E. L., & Willingham, M. M. (2015). Recovered professionals exploring eating disorder recovery: A qualitative investigation of meaning. Clinical Social Work Journal, 43(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10615-012-0423-0
  • Chan, C. C., Hall, M. E. L., & Anderson, T. L. (2014). Gender differences in predictors of anticipated divisions of household labor in Christian students. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33(1), 36-44.
  • Laney, E. K., Carruthers, L., Hall, M. E. L., & Anderson, T. (2014). Expanding the self: Motherhood and identity development in faculty women. Journal of Family Issues, 35(9), 1227-1251. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13479573
  • Garzon, F., Ripley, J., & Hall, M. E. L. (2014). Special issue: Teaching integration in psychology and counseling courses. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(1).
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