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Rosemead School of Psychology was founded by Drs. Clyde and Bruce Narramore in 1968 to train clinical psychologists from a Christian perspective. Named after its original location in the city of Rosemead, Calif., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, as it was then called, became the first independent professional school of psychology in the nation to be accredited by a regional accrediting association.

Rosemead's first graduating class

With its primary focus on the integration of psychology and theology, Rosemead began to publish the Journal of Psychology and Theology in 1973, the first journal of its kind. In 1977, Rosemead merged with Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., where it gained accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1980. Biola's undergraduate programs in psychology were merged with Rosemead's graduate programs in the fall of 1981, forming the present Rosemead School of Psychology. In 2000, Rosemead founded the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality. The institute was established to extend Rosemead's leadership in integration by promoting empirical research on the interrelationship between psychology, theology and spirituality.

Groundbreaking at Rosemead's first location

Today, Rosemead remains a leader in integration, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an online B.S. in Applied Psychology, and graduate programs in clinical psychology, including the practitioner-based Psy.D. and the research-grounded Ph.D.