DepartmentRosemead School of Psychology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty, Employee

Documents

Degrees

  • PhD, Purdue University
  • MS, Western Carolina University
  • BA, Bryan College

Biography

Dr. Poston teaches courses related to personality theory, psychodynamic theory, psychological assessment, and the empirical foundations of psychotherapy. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology at Purdue University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center, which emphasized psychodynamic psychotherapy and assessment. His current research and teaching interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychological testing, and the integration of psychology and theology (e.g., God Image). Dr. Poston is also a licensed psychologist who maintains a small clinical practice at the Biola Counseling Center. John lives with his wife and their two children in Fullerton, CA.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)
  • Society for Personality Assessment
  • Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology

Publications (Selected)

Cozen, J., Hanson, W. E., Poston, J. M., Jones, S., & Tabit, M. (in press). The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI): Integrative implications and therapeutic assessment applications across settings and populations. In C. N. Shealy (Ed.), Making sense of beliefs and values. New York, NY: Springer.

Clemence, A. J., Tillman, J., & Poston, J. M. (2015). How to include analytic patients in research and how this affects treatment. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35(Supp1), 135-149. doi: 10.1080/07351690.2015.987599

Poston, J. M., Hanson, W. E., & Schwiebert, V. (2012). The relationship between episodic and dispositional forgiveness, psychosocial development, and counseling. Counseling and Values, 57, 181-198.

Hanson, W. E., & Poston, J. M. (2011). Building confidence in psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention: An empirically based reply to Lilienfeld, Garb, and Wood (2011). Psychological Assessment, 23, 1056-1062.

Merker, B. M., Hanson, W. E., & Poston, J. M. (2010). National survey of psychologists’ training and practice in breaking bad news: A mixed methods study of the MUM Effect. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 17, 211-219.

Poston, J. M., & Hanson, W. E. (2010). Meta-analysis of psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention. Psychological Assessment, 22, 203-212.

Presentations

Poston, J. M., & Hanson, W. E. (2010, August). Meta-analysis of psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention. Poster session presented at the national conference of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Poston, J. M., Hanson, W. E., & Schwiebert, V. (2010, August). The role of episodic and dispositional forgiveness in psychotherapy and psychosocial development. Poster session presented at the national conference of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Poston, J. M., & Hanson, W. E. (2009, March). Psychological assessment as a therapeutic intervention: An integrated literature review. Poster session presented at the Great Lakes Conference for the Society of Counseling Psychology, Muncie, IN.

Poston, J. M. (2007, November). Forgiveness: Current research and counseling implications. Presented at the National Assessment Conference for the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE), Atlanta, GA.

Research Interests

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Adult Attachment
  • God Image
  • Therapeutic Assessment
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