The faculty, staff, and students of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community at Seattle Pacific University strive to become a community of learners who are:

Guided by faith

  • Exploring the implications of vital expressions of Christian faith for the human condition, as well as for emotional and relational healing and health.

Rooted in academic discipline

  • Fostering rigorous and creative learning environments, as well as contributing primary scholarship to the scientific study of psychological and social processes.

Committed to service

  • Grounding our learning community in the theory, research, and application of our disciplines in order to produce skilled graduates who can serve with character and competence in a broken world. 
  • Nurturing creative partnerships with our local community and beyond in order to serve in and learn from socially and culturally diverse settings.
John Thoburn

Professor of Clinical Psychology John Thoburn, a recognized expert in international and disaster psychology, has counseled disaster survivors in Haiti, Uganda, Bosnia, and Sri Lanka.