Clinical Psychology - Seattle Pacific University

Clinical Psychology
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave. W., Ste. 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2839
Fax: 206-281-2695

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John Thoburn, Ph.D., ABPP

John Thoburn, Ph.D., ABPPProfessor of Clinical Psychology

B.A., University of Kansas, 1976

M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1984

Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, 1991

At SPU since 1998

Specialty: Family and Consulting Psychology
Areas of Scholarship: Family and international psychology
Areas of Teaching: Family psychology; human sexuality; individual, couple, and group psychotherapy.


Curriculum Vitae: CV Document (PDF)
: 107 Marston Hall






   Includes "Interpersonal Research Vertical Team information" and much more!

Awards and Honors:

American Psychological Association - International Humanitarian Award

The Society for Family Psychology, Div. 43 of APA - Family Psychologist of the Year

The American Board of Couple and Family Psychology - Distinguished Service and Contribution Award

Florence W. Kaslow Award - Distinguished Contributions to International Psychology

American Psychological Association - Fellow

American Board of Professional Psychology - Diplomate in Couple and Family Psychology

Recent Publications:

Collaborative Treatment for the Psychosomatic Couple.

Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Systems Approach to Prevention, Intervention and Oversight, published by Gentle Path Press.  The book contains chapters from leaders in the field of clergy care and attacks the subject of clergy sexual misconduct using a system psychology and reconciliation theology approach.  Topics include scope of the problem, prevention, treatment, denominational oversight, spiritual formation, working with clergy couples, legal issues and more.  Further information may be found on the website


Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress & Coping.

Post-MIgration Stress as a Moderator Between Traumatic Exposure and Self-Reported Mental Health Symptoms in a Sample of Somali Refugees, published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.  The study examined the potentially moderating influence of post-migration living difficulties on the relationship between pre-migration traumatic exposure and self-reported symptomatology in a sample of 74 adult Somali refugees residing in the United States.


Dr. John Thoburn is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington. He is board certified in couple and family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Thoburn received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He is currently past president of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology, a specialty of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is past president of the Society for Family Psychology, Division 43 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Thoburn is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a board member of the couple and family psychology specialty of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Thoburn is Professor of Clinical Psychology in Seattle Pacific University’s APA-accredited clinical psychology program. He teaches courses in individual, couple, and family psychology, human sexuality, and the child and family cognate.

Dr. Thoburn's research and writing are in the areas of relational psychology and international psychology.

Thoburn Honored as Humanitarian: Sustainable psychological first aid to victims of disasters creates lasting impact.  Dr. Thoburn was awarded the 2012 International Humanitarian Award granted by the American Psychological Association.  A recent article was published in The Falcon, Vol. 83, Issue 11, published 1/25/12.

Pictures of Dr. Thoburn taken from recent trips to Haiti to help with relief efforts:


With training team in Port Au Prince                 Dr. Thoburn helping child in Haiti

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