DepartmentRosemead School of Psychology
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty, Faculty Emeritus



  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
  • M.Ed., University of Northern Iowa
  • B.Ed., California State University, Fresno
  • Certificate, UCLA - The Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction


Gary Strauss is an emeritus professor at the Rosemead School of Psychology, continuing to teach in an adjunct role from his retirement home in Minneapolis, Minnesota (in that regard, he has the distinction of being Biola's first employee residing in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes"). After teaching for four years in the Counselor Education Department of the College of Education of the University of Houston, Strauss joined the Rosemead faculty in the fall of 1974 and retired in May of 2012. In addition to teaching various graduate psychology courses and serving as a staff psychologist at the Biola Counseling Center, he has had a variety of presenting, consulting and international teaching experiences. Strauss received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from California State University Fresno and later his master’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa in elementary school counseling and his doctorate of education at Northern Illinois University in counselor education. As a member of the Rosemead faculty, Strauss was licensed as a psychologist in 1978 and developed expertise in the area of human sexuality. In addition to his teaching and other activities, he served as an active clinician until 2003. He continues to teach his undergraduate human sexuality class online, which he has taught for over 35 years.


  • American Psychological Association (Member)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Member)

Publications (Selected)


  • Strauss, G.H., & Yarhouse, M.A. (Special Issue Eds.). (2002) “Human sexuality in a sexually polymorphous world, Part II”, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30(3)
  • Strauss, G.H., & Yarhouse, M.A. (2002). “Introduction: Christian perspectives on human sexualityin a sexually polymorphous world, Part II”, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30(3), 183-184
  • Strauss, G.H. (2002). “Promoting 20/20 vision: A Q & A ministry to undergraduates”, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30(3), 228-233
  • Strauss, G.H., & Yarhouse, M.A. (Special issue Eds.). (2002). “Integrative perspectives on human sexuality with theoretical and empirical contributions, Part I”, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30(2)
  • Strauss, G.H. (2002). “'The Real Thing': A perspective on sexual revolution and a challenge to Christian professionals”, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 30(2), 144-157


  • Strauss, G.H. (2009). “Homosexuality: An Overview for Parents and Youth Workers.” Chinese congregation, Southern California.
  • Strauss, G. H. (2008). “A Christian Psychologistʼs Perspective on Homosexuality,” St. Matthewʼs Anglican Catholic Church.
  • Strauss, G.H. (2008). “Pornography, the internet, and sexual addiction.” A two-day seminar presented to the City of Chayi, Taiwan, under the sponsorship of the Chayi Christian Hospital and the City of Chayi.
  • Strauss, G.H. (2008). “Homosexuality: nature, nurture, and the lens of biblically based compassion and social justice.” A one-day seminar presented to students and alumni of the Chinese Evangelical Seminary of Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Strauss, G.H. (2006). “Homosexuality: A Three-Part Presentation to the Adult Class of Whittier Area Community Church.
  • Strauss, G.H., (6/2005). “Being a Healthy Helper.” Two-week intensive course. China Evangelical Seminary, Taipai, Taiwan.
  • Strauss, G.H., (2/2004). Sexuality and Counseling.” Two week intensive course. China Evangelical Seminary, Taipai, Taiwan.
  • Strauss, G.H., (1/2004). “Parenting and Sexuality.” Presentation at Evangelical Community Church, Hong Kong.
  • Strauss, G.H., (1/2004). “Working with Those Struggling With Sexual Addiction.” Workshop presented in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
  • Strauss, G.H., (1/2004). “Sex Therapy.” Intensive 30 hour course presented at the Asia Graduate School, Manila Philippines.

Research Interests

  • Identity, self-concept, self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Research related to homosexuality and change
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