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Faculty | M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Karen Quek

  • Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Program Director

  • Ph.D. Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University
  • M.S. Counseling, Specialization in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
  • M.A. Christian Education, Specialization in Curriculum Development, Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology

Dr. Karen Quek is a program director and professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. She is dual-licensed as a marriage & family therapist (LMFT) and a professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in the State of California. Quek has achieved national “Approved Supervisor” status of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and was...

Research Interests

  • Equality in a Collectivistic Culture: A Qualitative Study of Newlyweds in Singapore

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Cayla Bland

  • Director, Applied Psychology

    Dr. Cayla Bland comes to Biola from MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Kansas City area, where she was an associate professor of counseling. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Bland has 20 years of teaching experience in Christian higher education with undergraduate,...


    Undergraduate Courses Taught

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Counseling Techniques
    • Capstone Course

    Graduate Courses Taught

    • Structure & Process of Therapy
    • Helping Skills
    • Systemic Foundation & Family Issues
    • Family Counseling
    • Marriage, Couple, & Family Consultation (on-line)
    • Family Education Experience
    • Marriage, Couple, & Family Practicum & Internship
    • Clinical Mental Health Internship
    • Career Counseling (on-line)
    • Post Modern Advanced Theories
    • Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Advanced Statistic, Teaching Assistant

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    Ronecia Lark

    • Adjunct Professor, MFT

    Matt Heim

    • Adjunct Professor, MFT

    • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University
    • J.D. Law, University of San Diego School of Law
    • B.A. Communications, University of California at San Diego

    Matt Heim is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has practiced in the field for three years. He has also worked for 10 years in family law with seven years as a practicing attorney. He serves as Associate Clinical Director for the Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT). Professor Heim's clinical focus is on marriage and couples therapy, parenting issues and co-parenting for...

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    Sara Lee

    • Adjunct Professor, MFT

    • Psy.D. Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University
    • B.A. Psychology, University of California, Irvine

    Sara Lee is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a clinical fellow at American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Dr. Lee is currently serving full time at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a large non-profit community mental health center serving the greater Los Angeles area, as a bilingual therapist, clinical supervisor and...

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    Jennifer Jones

    • Adjunct Professor, MFT

    • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University
    • B.A. Sociology and Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Jennifer Jones is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has extensive clinical and supervisory experience working in community mental health with communities of color. She has a passion for people's journeys in becoming anti-racist and cultivating compassion through the art of storytelling, early parent-child relationships in the trajectory of lifelong health and ending generational...

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    Kevin Van Lant

    • Director, Pastoral Care and Counseling program
    • Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

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

    Kevin Van Lant is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He teaches courses in pastoral care and counseling, marriage counseling, psychopathology and health psychology. Van Lant has a clinical practice at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT), a large, non-profit Christian counseling center in Orange County,...

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    David Merrill

    • Assistant Professor, ISF-CTI

    • Ph.D. Department of Theology, Durham University, U.K.
    • Th.M. Historical Theology, Talbot School of Theology
    • M.Div. Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A. Christian Ministry, Trinity International University

    David Merrill and his wife first joined the Biola community in 2006 when Merrill began as a Master of Divinity student and his wife took on an administration role at Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation. During his time as a student, Merrill immersed himself in the academic and communal life of the campus taking on roles varying from adjunct faculty, staff spiritual director, and resident...


    • Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation
    • Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation
    • Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines

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    Berry Bishop

    • Assistant Professor, ISF-CTI
    • Spiritual Formation

    • PsyD Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology Azusa Pacific University
    • M.A. Clinical Psychology: Azusa Pacific University
    • M.A. Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Talbot School of Theology
    • B.A. Psychology California State University Chico
    • Additional studies performed at Butte College, Chico

    Berry Bishop is joining the Talbot faculty this year, working at the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Bishop graduated from Talbot with a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and then obtained her doctorate in psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Her primary research interest is in the area of trauma and spiritual direction. In addition to teaching, she continues to...

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    Analicia Davis

    • Academic Coordinator, MFT

    Esther Park

    • Clinical Training Coordinator

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