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Regent University’s psychology and counseling research centers help students to increase their knowledge base through relevant research.

Centers & Initiatives

Research Centers

Extending our outreach and influence in the world, Regent University’s psychology and counseling research centers provide you the opportunity to participate in events and workshops led by prestigious mental health care professionals, which can increase your knowledge through research in psychology and counseling and help you prepare for certifications and continuing education credits.


The Psychological Services Center allows graduate students to provide therapy, assessment and outreach services to the community under the supervision of clinical psychologists.


The Charis Institute integrates Christian faith to educate, train and provide interventions for marriages.  The Hope Project within the Charis Institute trains Psy.D. students in the Hope approach to couple counseling in the Psychological Services Center.

Research Initiatives – Integrating Science & Faith

The School of Psychology & Counseling offers a variety of ongoing research initiatives. Many also offer hands-on experiences for our students. Other outcomes include paper and poster presentations at regional and national conferences, articles for publication for which students are co-authors and subject matter for student dissertations.

The Charis Institute motto is “Bringing principles and practices of marriage and family care to every willing home, helper and house of worship.” The goal is to integrate Christian concepts in marriage and family ministry, therapy, and training. Housed within the Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling, the institute is an initiative supported by the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Scholarship of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice. The Charis Institute is co-led by Professor Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D. and Professor Jim Sells, Ph.D.

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James Sells, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Charis Institute

Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.,
Co-Director of the Charis Institute

The Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) furthers the understanding of sexual identity, as well as its development and synthesis. Through research, training, clinical services and consultations, ISSI emphasizes achieving congruence in how we live and identify ourselves in ways that are consistent with our beliefs and values. Student members of ISSI have opportunities throughout the year to participate in research projects that are presented at national conferences and published in scholarly journals.

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Olya Zaporozhets, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity
Associate Professor

Dr. Linda J. Baum heads the Society for Forensic and Assessment Psychology. The society educates clinicians-in-training on the intersections of psychology and law, particularly how clinical psychology is applied in legal proceedings. Recent meetings have highlighted research and education concerning competency to stand trial assessments, psychopathy, mentally ill prisoners, stigma toward mentally ill offenders and competency restoration. They also provide education concerning widely-used psychological assessment measures, including the uses of these instruments in forensic psychology.

The organization provides students with incredible opportunities to do meaningful research on a wide variety of topics. Students have presented research at the annual APA conference, the local Virginia Psychological Association conference, and the Annual MMPI Symposium.

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Linda J. Baum, Ph.D.

The Institute for Violence Research examines and expands the body of knowledge surrounding acts of violence with the goal of providing stakeholders with data to interrupt the process of violence before an event occurs and to formulate effective responses to minimize the loss of life.  Through research, collaboration and consultation, The Institute for Violence Research delivers evidenced-based findings to save lives and protect communities. Student members have opportunities to participate in research projects, publication of findings in textbooks, scholarly journals and other sources, and present findings in local, and national conferences as well as other venues.

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Danny Holland, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for Violence Research
Assistant Professor

Welcome to The Research Center for Mental Health in the Faith Community. Our Vision is to extend research and resources to our local and global community. Here you will find research, articles, psychoeducational tools, and video resources to enhance the kingdom of God. These resources were intended to aid those working in ministry and to provide a variety of resources for those seeking knowledge and practical information to thrive in life.  “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)

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Dr. Carletta N. Artis