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Theresa Clement Tisdale, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5205
Fax: (626) 815-5015
Dr. Tisdale is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of graduate psychology. Her three primary clinical, academic, and research interests are: psychoanalysis, the psychology of religion and spirituality, and spiritual formation. Dr. Tisdale has taught internationally in Manila, Philippines, Singapore, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is an active member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She recently served a three-year term as a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of APA Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) and she is also an active member of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) and Division 29 (Psychotherapy). Dr. Tisdale serves on the editorial boards of: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (journal of APA Division 36), Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA journal), Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and the Journal of Psychology and Theology. She maintains a private practice in Glendora California and is currently a candidate in psychoanalysis at Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in Tustin, CA. While on faculty with Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Tisdale served as Director of the Azusa Oxford Semester in Oxford, England from 2007-09.


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


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Graduate Psychology


  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
  • Spiritual Formation

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 533 – Spiritual Formation and Psychotherapy
  • PPSY 700G – Spiritual Formation and Psychotherapy
  • PPSY 760 – Techniques of Change: Psychodynamic Interventions
  • PPSY 763 – Psychodynamic Systems of Psychotherapy I
  • PPSY 765 – Psychodynamic Systems of Psychotherapy III
  • PPSY 798 – Special Topics: Spiritual Narrative and Psychotherapy