Thomas Frederick

Thomas Frederick, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences/ Director of MSCP program/ Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-2191
Email: tfrederick@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Office Location: Tyler Plaza, Suite 300
Office Hours: By appointment


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
PhD Marital and Family Therapy Fuller Theological Seminary 2004
MA Theology Fuller Theological Seminary 2002
MA Psychology Geneva College 1997
BS Psychology Geneva College 1995

Additional Education

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 43631

AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Member, Christian Association for Psychology Studies (CAPS)

Member, American Psychological Association

Member, American Association of Christian Counselors

Classes Taught

BEH 255 Foundational Skills in Behavioral Sciences I

BEH 256 Foundational Skills in Behavioral Sciences II

BEH 333 Epistemology and Worldview

PSY 505 MFT Counseling Theory

PSY 510 Human Growth and Development

PSY 535 Advanced Psychopathology

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

Marriage and Family Therapy

Integration of Christianity and Psychology



Counseling Theory

Faith Learning Integration

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Hope International University. 

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Here is my research gate profile


Current Research Projects


·       Thomas Frederick, Elisa Shepard, Dominick Sturz, and Shannon Brown. Traditional Christian belief, divine struggle, ultimate meaning, religious coping and stress. Finalizing IRB paperwork. Sampling to begin fall 2017.





o   Thomas Frederick, Scott Dunbar, and Yvonne Thai, Christian perspectives on burnout. Pastoral Psychology, In Press. Journal Article.


o   Thomas V. Frederick, Scott Dunbar, Susan Purrington, Sarah Y. Fisher and Richard Ardito, (In Press). Exploring the relative contributions of differentiation of self and mindfulness for predicting burnout. In Meditation: Practice, Techniques, and Health Benefits. Nova Science Press. Book Chapter.


o   James Yoo and Thomas Frederick. The varying impact of land subsidence and earth fissures on residential property values in Maricopa County – a quantile regression approach. (2017). International Journal of Urban Sciences 21(2):1-13. Journal Article.


o   Knabb, J., & Frederick, T. (2017). Contemplative prayer for Christians with chronic worry: An eight-week program. New York: Routledge. Book.


o   Thomas Frederick, Susan Purrington & Scott Dunbar (2016): Differentiation of self, religious coping, and subjective well-being, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2016.1216530. Journal Article.


o   Knabb, J. J., Frederick, T. V., & Cumming, G., III (2016, May 19). Surrendering to God’s Providence: A Three-Part Study on Providence-Focused Therapy for Recurrent Worry (PFT-RW). Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000081. Journal Article.


o   Crosby, R. G., Smith, E. I., & Frederick, T. V. (2015). The kid-friendly church: What makes children feel loved, valued, and part of a supportive community? Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 28, 87-109. Journal Article.


o   Forgiveness and mental health practice. (2015). Mental Health, Religion & Culture, DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2015.1077210. Journal Article.


o   Frederick, T. V., & White, K. M. (2015). Mindfulness, Christian Devotion Meditation, Surrender, and Worry. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/jZCfxA5p6Enin8cCuGHT/full. Journal Article.


o   Thomas V. Frederick (PI), Robert Pate, Brad T. Overholser, Peace Amadi, Susan L. Hastings, Wojciech Michael Organistko*, & Jacqueline V. Bran*, Integrating Faith and Learning: An exploration of indicators among psychology, human development and marriage and family therapy students. Under review at the Journal of Psychology and Theology. Journal Article.


o   Spiritual Transformation: Honoring Spiritual Traditions in Psychotherapy. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1(2), Jun 2014, 109-115. doi: 10.1037/scp0000020. Journal Article.  


o   Integrating Faith and Learning: Broadening the Findings. Coauthored by Thomas V. Frederick, Susan L. Hastings, and Robert Pate. In SAGE Cases in Methodology. 2014. Book Chapter.


o   Recent Developments in Christian Theological Anthropology. In New Directions in Anthropology Research. Nova Science Press. 2012. Book Chapter.


o   Models of Marriage and Family Therapy: A Christian Appraisal.Linus Publications. 2012. ISBN: 1-60797-283-2. Book.


o   The Sexual Division of Household Labor. Coauthored with Jack O. Balswick. Psychology, 2, 509-516. (2011). DOI: 10.4236/psych.2011.25079. Journal Article.


o   An Interpretation of Evangelical Gender Ideology: Implications for a Theology of Gender. In Theology & Sexuality. 2011. 183-192. Published online August 2011. DOI: 10.1558/tse.v16i2.183. Journal Article.


o   Core Competencies and Christian Education: An Integrative Approach to Education in Marriage and Family Therapy Programs. In The ICCTE Journal: A Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education. Coauthored with Laura L. Steele, PsyD, 2010. http://icctejournal.org/issues/v5i2/v5i2-frederick-steele/. Journal Article.

o   A Christian Perspective on Hope, Expectancies, and Therapy(pp. 151-164). In Psychology of Expectations. Edited by Pablo Leon and Nino Tamez. Nova Science Press. 2010.Book Chapter.


o   Models of Psychotherapy: Implications for Pastoral Care Practice. Pastoral Psychology, 58, 351-363, 2009. Journal Article.


o   Spirituality and Discipleship from a Christian Perspective. Pastoral Psychology, 58, 553-560, 2008.Journal Article.


o   Solution Focused Therapy and the Kingdom of God: A Cosmological Integration Pastoral Psychology, 56, 413-419, 2008. Journal Article.


o   Evangelical Gender Ideology: A view from Christianity Today readers. With Jack O. Balswick, Journal of Religion and Society, 8. http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/2006/2006-13.html>. Journal Article.

[1] Unless otherwise indicated, all articles are in peer-reviewed professional journals. Book chapters have also gone through a review process to be included in edited books. 

Church Membership / Activities

Pasadena Covenant Church, Pasadena California: I regularly teach the elementary age sunday school class. I am also part of the ushering team. My most recent ministry at church is to be on the trustee council.