Kathryn Ecklund, PhD


Professor, Department of Psychology

Kathryn Ecklund, PhD, completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Biola University in 1994, and her dissertation was on the impact of acculturation on family functioning in first-generation Hispanic/Latino families. While on the faculty at George Fox University, Ecklund studied racial/ethnic identity development of Euro-Americans. While she was directing the psychology department and training institute at River Oak Center for Children, and on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, her scholarship focused on racial and cultural identity development in children and on best practices in culturally competent clinical service provision to diverse children and families. In addition, during her time on the faculties of the University of the Pacific and California State University in Sacramento, Ecklund studied stress and coping in Hispanic/Latino first-generation college students who are children of migrant workers. Since joining the faculty at Azusa Pacific, her scholarship has focused on the inclusion of faith in the consideration of diversity dynamics, diverse identity development, and diverse relationships among Christian college students. Over the course of her career, Ecklund, a licensed psychologist, has also maintained an active clinical practice where she serves racial, cultural, religious, economic, gender, and sexually diverse youth, couples, and families.


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


  • Licensed Psychologist in California and Oregon

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Child and Family Psychology
  • Diverse Identity Development
  • Human Diversity (Racial, Ethnic, Sexual)
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Pediatric/Child Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 110 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 345 – Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 360 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 380 – Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 400 – Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 410 – Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • PSYC 432 – Psychosocial Interventions in Pediatric Health Care
  • PSYC 450 – Counseling
  • PSYC 455 – Behavioral Science Practicum I
  • PSYC 460 – Behavioral Science Practicum II
  • PSYC 475 – Research Methods Practicum I
PSYC 480 – Psychological Testing and Measurement
  • PSYC 494 – Professional Studies in Child Life