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., & Pelletier, J. (in press). ‘A cord of three strands is not easily broken’: An empirical investigation of attachment-based small group functioning in the Christian church. Journal of Psychology and Theology.
Knabb, J. (2014). A preliminary investigation of the relationship between religion and marital adjustment among Christian adults from a conservative denomination. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33, 263-276.
Knabb, J., Pelletier, J., & Grigorian-Routon, A. (2014). 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, 42, 269-283.
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:
Clinical supervisor at the Grove Counseling Center:

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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