Carissa Dwiwardani, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

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Carissa Dwiwardani, PhD, earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Biola University and completed an APA-accredited internship at the National Asian American Psychology Training Program in San Francisco. Before coming to APU, she taught for seven years in a clinical psychology (Psy.D.) program, where she also directed the training clinic (Psychological Services Center). Her research focuses on the way character strengths, such as humility, forgiveness, and gratitude, intersect with attachment, cultural diversity, and interpersonal relationships. She enjoys asking “What makes relationships thrive?” and explores this question through various research projects on positive psychology constructs. As a clinical administrator, she developed partnerships and programs to meet needs in the community, collaborating with organizations that address homelessness and human trafficking. Whether in research, teaching, clinical work, or program development, she is excited to explore ways that psychology can improve lives and systems. She is looking forward to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students through her research team, and welcomes email inquiries about the team.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Biola University
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Biola University
  • BA, Psychology, Biola University


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (California and Virginia)

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Psychology


  • Character Strengths and Virtues
  • Clinical Administration and Program Development
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cultural Humility

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 360 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 380 – Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 512 – Nonexperimental Research Methods