Marv Erisman, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Psychology

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Marv Erisman, PhD, is interested in the integration of psychology, ethics, and theology, and the practical implications of this integration for psychotherapy. His focus is the role of psychotherapy in moral and spiritual identity formation, especially as psychotherapy is challenged to engage in this task in a diverse, urban, and pluralistic context. Erisman is trained in phenomenology and qualitative research and is also interested in mental models of interdisciplinary integration. As a practitioner, he applies his skills as an organizational consultant to the health care industry in the areas of organizational change, executive development, and organizational development. He is the director of integration and interdisciplinary studies within the Department of Graduate Psychology, has a keen interest in mental health delivery models, and serves the community through board participation.


  • PhD, Social Ethics, University of Southern California
  • MA, Social Ethics, University of Southern California
  • MDiv, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA, Philosophy, Bethany College

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Conflict Management in Organizations
  • Psychology, Ethics, and Theology Integration

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 531 – Moral Identity Formation and Psychotherapy
  • PPSY 534 – Interdisciplinary Integration and Psychotherapy
  • PPSY 726 – Biblical Ethics and Psychotherapy
  • PPSY 736 – Social Ethics and Psychotherapy
  • PPSY 740 – Consultation in Clinical Psychology
  • PPSY 753 – Moral and Spiritual Identity Formation in the Family
  • PPSY 798 – [Multiple Courses]