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Jenny H Pak

Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California.
  • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

CV Document (PDF)

Dr. Pak teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology. Her expertise is in narrative analysis and integrating the dynamic function of culture on human development and the self. Underpinning her broad research interests is a commitment to bridging the gap between science and practice and incorporating “meaning” and intentionality in psychological inquiry. She comes with many years of professional consultation and counseling experience in both community mental health and private practice settings.

Dr. Pak's appointment calendar is available.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies
  • American Association of Marriage Family Therapy

Publications

  • Kim, H. J., & Pak, J. H. (2013).  Journeys toward spiritual maturity among Korean immigrant women in midlife.  Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 32 (1), 3-19. 

  • Dowd , A.C., Pak, J. H., & Bensimon, E.M. (2013). The empowering role of institutional agents promoting transfer access.  Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21 (15).  This article is part of EPAA/AAPE’s Special Issue on The American Community College in the 21st Century, Guest Edited by Dr. Jeanne M. Powers & Amelia M. Topper.

  • Wolff, J., Pak, J., Meeske, K., Worden, J. W., & Katz, E. (2010). Challenges and coping styles of fathers as primary medical caretakers: A multicultural qualitative study.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28 (2), 202-217.

  • Gibson, N., Hicks, M., Kimball, C., Pak, J., Plante, T., & Porter, S. (2006).  Invitation to the table conversation: A few diverse perspectives on integration.  Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25, 338-353.

  • Pak, J. (2006).  Korean American women: Stories of acculturation and changing selves.  New York: Routledge.

Note: this is only a select list of publications by this faculty member. For a complete list, please see their CV Document.

Presentations

  • Pak, J. (2013, November).  Understanding the changing values in Korea & Korean missionaries. Invited plenary speaker at the Mission Training International, Angola, Indiana.

  • Pak, J. (2013, May).  Re-envisioning integration of psychology and Christianity in the context of globalization.  Invited speaker at the Interdisciplinary Christian Studies Conference at Soongshil University, Seoul, Korea.

  • McNeil, D., Dueck, A., Pak, J., & Seegobin, W. (2013, April). The challenges of caring across cultures.  Invited workshop presenter at the international meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, Oregon.

  • Pak, J. (2013, April).  Narrative identity: Integrating the dynamic interaction of local and global culture.  Invited plenary speaker at the international meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, Oregon.

  • Pak, J. (2009-2013, October).  Cross-cultural issues in counseling.  Invited speaker and staff counselor at Narramore Christian Foundation’s Continuing Education in Counseling and Member Care Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand & Antalya, Turkey. 

Note: this is only a select list of presentations by this faculty member.

For a complete list, please see their CV Document.

Research Interests

  • Narrative Analysis
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Identity Development
  • Posttraumatic Growth
  • Grief, Loss and Meaning
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Mental Health and Missions
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