Rosemead News

Job Posting

A tenure track psychology position is available at Tyndale University College (Toronto). They would like to hire a Rosemead alum. If you know an alum that would be a good fit, please circulate this information to them. The position is advertised here:

New Faculty Member

We would like to welcome a new faculty member: Dr. Tania Abouezzeddine

Dr. Abouezzeddine is a Lebanese American who grew up in the United Arab Emerits, in the city of Abudabi. She is fluent in Arabic as well as English.  She completed her undergraduate work at the American University of Beirut. She got her masters at Boston University and her PhD at USC. Dr. Abouezzeddine did her post doc work at UCLA where she specialized in Pediatric Neuropsychology.

Dr. Abouezzedine psychological interests include the Protective Power of Friendship, Social Support Systems, Integrity and competency in Testing and Assessment, Neuropsychology, the integration of psychological and Christian thought, and Cultural Issues: specifically providing neuropsychology to non-native English speakers in their own language. Dr. Abouezzedine's experience and insight is an excellent addition to our Rosemead faculty.

Presentation at the Rosemead Faculty Retreat

Our own Dr. Steve Porter recently presented at the Rosemead Faculty Retreat. Here is a small portion of his presentation: 

Recently I presented some thoughts to the Rosemead community on Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemman's distinction between psalms of orientation, disorientation and reorientation. Brueggemman identifies many of the psalms as having the theme of orientation: God is good, life makes sense, righteousness prevails (e.g., Psalm 100). Other psalms can be seen as displaying disorientation: God is absent, life is confusing, evil prevails (e.g., Psalm 6). And then other psalms are songs of reorientation or new orientation: God has rescued, hope is renewed, good triumphs over evil (e.g., Psalm 18). Similar to the psalmists, this rhythm of life (orientation, disorientation, reorientation) resonates with us today. In my talk, I considered the experience of our graduate students during their years at Rosemead as tending towards this sort of rhythm. When I see first year students, they are often coming in with moral conservatism (orientation) that moves towards moral questioning (disorientation) in their later years. Or, they come in with theological clarity and a constructed spirituality that moves towards theological questing and a deconstructed spirituality. On top of all of this, they often come in with a fairly clear sense of their selves and that often turns (through didactic, of course) to real questions about their identity. This process is a painful one and while it is an important part of maturing, it doesn't always go as smoothly or as quickly as we would like. The seasons of disorientation often linger for our students and for us as well. All of this to say, it is important to be mindful of these distinct seasons of life. To remember that wherever we find ourselves, our students, friends, family, clients, neighbors, etc. may find themselves elsewhere. And to also recall (and practice) that God has room to hear our songs/prayers of orientation, disorientation, and reorientation. I appreciate that the Rosemead community is a place where all of these seasons of life are appreciated and embraced.

2012 Rosemead Reunion in Review

Last week marked the 2nd Annual Rosemead Reunion Weekend! This year's reunion began with a fun-filled banquet where alumni, current students, and faculty interacted over a delicious meal. The alumni in attendance represented six states from across the country.

The weekend culminated in four incredible CE seminar sessions presented by Rosemead Alumni. Dr. Joey Collins presented Research and Practices for Teams in a Volatile, Uncertain Complex, and Ambiguous World; Dr. Sam Alibrando presented The Three Dimensions of the Self-Other World: A model for understanding our clients, our counter-transference and therapeutic change; Dr. Phil Atkinson presented on Operational Psychology; and Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee presented Plugged in: Neurological, Relational, and Personal Impacts of Technology.

New Faculty Member

We would like to welcome a new Rosemead faculty member: Dr. Andrea Canada.

Dr. Canada is a Southern California native with diverse professional experiences. She attended Wheaton College during undergrad where she majored in Biology. She worked several years in a molecular biology lab working with cancer specimens. Dr. Canada received her PhD from Rosemead School of Psychology and completed her post-doctoral training at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She obtained a tenure-track position at the RUSH Medical College in Chicago where she researched, taught, and engaged in clinical work with cancer patients for six years.

Dr. Canada’s interest in psychology, coupled with her experience in cancer research and her deep appreciation for human relationship and connection will be a valuable and exciting addition to Rosemead’s already impressive teaching and training faculty.

New Faculty Member

We would like to welcome a new Rosemead faculty member: Dr. David Wang.

Dr. Wang graduated from Berkley and worked for several years in at a small technology firm in Austin Texas, before deciding to return to California and attend Talbot School of Theology. He finished his Masters of Theology in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver. Dr. Wang’s thesis was on a common theme in spirituality of spiritual depression.

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston. His research interests are in the areas of trauma, especially spiritual trauma, mindfulness, self-compassion, and multi-cultural considerations.

Dr. Wang joins us with his family: two daughters, and his wife Vivian, whom he met on a missions trip to China.

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