Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., ABPP

Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., ABPP

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 and Tuesdays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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

Additional Education

Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology (AACP)
Core Skills Advanced Training, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
Licensed Psychologist, State of California (License Number PSY 24736)
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Philhaven Hospital, Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania (APA Accredited)

Classes Taught

PSY 320 Life-Span Development

PSY 322 Theories of Personality

PSY 325 Tests and Measurements

PSY 328 Cognitive Psychology

PSY 346 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 422 Theories of Counseling 

PSY 473 Psychophysiology

PSY 505 MFT Counseling Theory

PSY 510 Human Growth and Development

PSY 520 Human Communication in Group Process

PSY 530 Advanced Research Methodology

PSY 535 Advanced Psychopathology

PSY 540 Psychodiagnostics

PSY 555 Practicum I

PSY 560 Professional Ethics and Law

PSY 570 Practicum II

PSY 580 Family Therapy I

PSY 595 Psychopharmacology

PSY 598a Addictions Counseling

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

Clinical psychology; psychological assessment; psychology of religion; marriage and the family; attachment theory; mindfulness-based therapies

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. (2014). ‘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, 42, 343-358.
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, Riverside, California

Community Service / Involvement

Clinical supervisor at the Grove Counseling Center:

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family

Hobbies include spending time with my wife, daughter, and son, 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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