Mark Stanton, PhD, ABPP


Professor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

Phone: (626) 812-3087

Fax: (626) 815-2044

Email: [email protected]

Mark Stanton, PhD, ABPP, served APU previously as founding dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (2006-11), chair of the Department of Graduate Psychology (2000-06), and founding director of the APA-accredited Doctor of Psychology program (1996-2006). He identifies himself as a couple and family psychologist, adopting an understanding of human behavior that recognizes the importance of individual, interpersonal, and environmental factors. He was the 2011-12 president of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology, a constituent board of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the 2005 president of the Society for Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and board certified in couple and family psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (an internationally recognized postdoctoral board covering specialties in psychology). The Society for Family Psychology recognized him as the Family Psychologist of the Year in 2007. Stanton is the author of more than 50 articles, books, and book chapters on family therapy, the systemic treatment of substance abuse, competencies in couple and family psychotherapy, the epistemology of couple and family psychology, graduate education in family psychology, and personality-guided couple therapy. He was the inaugural editor (2011-14) of Couple & Family Psychology: Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal published by APA, and served as editor of The Family Psychologist (2002-07). He is co-author (with Irene and Herbert Goldenberg) of Family Therapy: An Overview (Cengage Learning, 2017) and (with Robert Welsh) of Specialty Competencies in Couple and Family Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as co-editor (with James Bray) of The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), a 54-chapter comprehensive overview of the specialty of family psychology.


  • Diplomate, Family Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA, Hope International University

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Graduate Education in Family Psychology
  • Family Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 511 – Addictions, Assessment, and Interventions
  • PPSY 711 – Psychology and Systems Theory
  • PPSY 716 – Family Psychology
  • PPSY 721 – Addictive Behaviors