Joshua Knabb, Psy.D.

Joshua Knabb, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology / Chair, Behavioral Sciences / Director, M.S. in Counseling Psychology

Department: Behavioral Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-3937
Email Address:
Office Location: Tyler Plaza
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Azusa Pacific University 2010
M.A. Clinical Psychology Azusa Pacific University 2007
B.S. Business and Management University of Redlands 2005

Additional Education

APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship:
Philhaven Hospital, Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
Licensed Psychologist:
California License Number PSY24736
Pennsylvania License Number PS017025

Classes Taught

  • PSY 320 Life-Span Development
  • PSY 325 Tests and Measurements 
  • PSY 346 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 422 Theories of Counseling 
  • PSY 473 Psychophysiology
  • PSY 505 MFT Counseling Theory
  • PSY 505 Human Growth and Development
  • PSY 520 Human Communication in Group Process
  • PSY 530 Advanced Research Methodology
  • PSY 535 Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSY 540 Psychodiagnostics
  • PSY 560 Professional Ethics and Law
  • PSY 580 Family Therapy I
  • PSY 598a Addictions Counseling

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

Clinical Psychology; Psychological Assessment; Faith Integration; Psychology of Religion; Marriage and the Family

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Teaching Assistant in the Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Knabb, J. (in press). A preliminary investigation of the relationship between religion and marital adjustment among Christian adults from a conservative denomination. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.
Knabb, J., Pelletier, J., & Grigorian-Routon, A. (in press). Towards a psychological understanding of servanthood: An empirical investigation of the relationship between orthodox beliefs, experiential avoidance, and self-sacrificial behaviors among Christians at a religiously-affiliated university. Journal of Psychology and Theology.
Knabb, J., & Pelletier, J. (2014). The relationship between problematic Internet use, psychological functioning, and God attachment among adults at a Christian university. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17, 239-251.
Knabb, J., & Grigorian-Routon, A. (2014). The role of experiential avoidance in the relationship between faith maturity, religious coping, and psychological adjustment among Christian university students. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17, 458-469.
Knabb, J., & Pelletier, J. (2013). The effects of parental divorce on God image among young adults at a Christian university. Marriage & Family Review, 49, 231-250.
Knabb, J., & Emerson, M. (2013). ‘I will be your God and you will be my people’: Attachment theory and the grand narrative of scripture. Pastoral Psychology, 62, 827-841.
Knabb, J., Welsh, R., & Alexander, P. (2012). Towards an integrated view of the necessity of human interdependence: Perspectives from theology, philosophy, and psychology. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 14, 166-180.
Knabb, J., Vogt, R., Gibbel, M., & Brickley, D. (2012). An empirical investigation of the relationship between clinical personality patterns and marital functioning. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1, 66-77.
Knabb, J. (2012). Centering prayer as an alternative to mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression relapse prevention. Journal of Religion & Health, 51, 908-924.
Knabb, J., & Vogt, R. (2011). The relationship between personality and marital satisfaction among distressed married couples seen in intensive marital therapy: An actor-partner interdependence model analysis. Contemporary Family Therapy, 33, 417-440. 
Knabb, J., Welsh, R., & Graham-Howard, M. (2011). Religious delusions and filicide: A psychodynamic model. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15, 529-549. 
Knabb, J., Vogt, R., & Newgren, K. (2011). MMPI-2 characteristics of the Old Order Amish: A comparison of clinical, nonclinical, and United States normative samples. Psychological Assessment, 23, 865-875. 
Knabb, J., Welsh, R., & Graham-Howard, M. (2011). Treatment alternatives for mentally disordered offenders: A literature review. Psychology, 2, 122-131. 
Knabb, J., & Vogt, R. (2011). Assessing Old Order Amish outpatients with the MCMI-III. Journal of Personality Assessment, 93, 290-299. 
Knabb, J., Vogt, R., Brickley, D., & Newgren, K. (2011). Personality typologies for conservative Christians in intensive marital therapy. Marriage & Family Review, 47, 23-44. 
Knabb, J., & Newgren, K. (2011). The craftsman and his apprentice: A Kohutian interpretation of the gospel narratives of Jesus Christ. Pastoral Psychology, 60, 245-262. 
Houston, P., Knabb, J., Welsh, R., Houskamp, B., & Brokaw, D. (2010). Wilderness therapy as a specialized competency. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 2, 52-64. 
Knabb, J., Ashby, J., & Ziebell, J. (2010). Two sides of the same coin: The theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 12, 150-180. 
Knabb, J., & Welsh, R. (2009). Reconsidering A. Reza Arasteh: Sufism and psychotherapy. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 41, 44-60. 
Knabb, J., Brokaw, D., Reimer, K., & Welsh, R. (2009). Retrospective meaning-making in adulthood: A qualitative study of conservative Protestant adults who experienced parental divorce as adolescents. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 28, 44-56. 
Knabb, J., Welsh, R., Ziebell, J., & Reimer, K. (2009). Neuroscience, moral reasoning, and the law. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 27, 219-236. 
Welsh, R., & Knabb, J. (2009). Renunciation of the self in psychotherapy. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 12, 401-414. 
Love, C., Welsh, R., Knabb, J., Scott, S., & Brokaw, D. (2008). Working with cognitively impaired drivers: Legal issues for mental health professionals to consider. Journal of Safety Research, 39, 535-545. 

Church Membership / Activities

The Grove Community Church in Riverside, California

Community Service / Involvement

Part-time clinical practice, specializing in individual and couple therapy:

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family

Hobbies include spending time with my family, writing, running, and watching documentaries

Personal Quote / Scripture / Philosophy of Education

"If anyone proved to me that Christ was not the truth, and it really was a fact that the truth was not in Christ, I would rather be with Christ than with the truth." Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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