Faculty Profile

Lynette Bikos

​Lynette Bikos

Associate Dean of Research, School of Psychology, Family, and Community; Professor of Clinical Psychology

Email: lhbikos@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2017
Office: Marston 133


Education: BA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1987; MA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1989; PhD, University of Kansas-Lawrence, 1996. At SPU since 2005.

Dr. Lynette Bikos teaches statistics, research methods, and psychometrics courses in the Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology doctoral programs at Seattle Pacific University. She is a licensed psychologist in Washington and Kansas and Board Certified in Counseling Psychology. Her expertise falls at the intersections of vocational, global, and sustainable psychology.

Dr. Bikos’ first love is career development. At SPU Dr. Bikos engaged in both the science and practice of vocational psychology by providing clinical supervision for the Graduate Career Advisors at SPU’s Center for Center for Career and Calling and in their work as facilitators for CALLED! SPU’s Online Field Guide (OFG; Canvas edition). Dr. Bikos is the Principal Investigator of a random clinical trial evaluating differences between three versions of the OFG – particularly looking to see if the calling-infused version contributes to vocational outcomes over-and-above adjustment-to-college and traditional-career-planning versions. 

Dr. Bikos is particularly interested in understanding how individuals respond to change -- plotting longitudinal growth trajectories examining the simultaneous effects of individual and contextual factors. Significant research projects have explored global learning outcomes in returnees from study abroad, first year adaptation of expatriate spouses, and career development in response to the OFG. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she is investigating experiences of and attitudes toward making (sewing) and wearing cloth facemasks. Whether in a videoconference or around a table, planning, implementing, analyzing, and discovering with her advisees is one of her greatest joys.

In the larger profession of psychology, Dr. Bikos presently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Career Development Quarterly, and International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation; and has previously served on the Journal of Counseling Psychology and Journal of Career Development editorial boards. She is a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association (Division 52/International Psychology) and the Western Psychological Association. She is currently holding a three-year term as Vice President for Engagement in APA’s Division 52/International Psychology.

Dr. Bikos’ commitment to global begins at home. Her family has hosted more than a dozen exchange students (and teachers). She is an avid bicycle commuter, accruing over 2,000 miles annually in her trek to-and-from campus. She also spends a fair amount of time experimenting the kitchen – particularly with international recipes and ingredients.


​Selected publications

Bikos, L. H., Forman, R., & Patton, K. M. (2021). The Self-Efficacy for Sociocultural Adaptation Scale (SESCAS):  Development and initial psychometric evaluation.  The Counseling Psychologist, 49(1), 33-79. https://journals-sagepub-com.ezproxy.spu.edu/doi/10.1177/0011000020951861 

Campanario, S., Bikos, L. H., & Kendall, D. (2020). Ignatian spirituality and career development: New evidence for age old practices. Journal of Career Development. Online first https://journals-sagepub-com.ezproxy.spu.edu/doi/10.1177/0894845320957086 

Gibbs, R., Güneri, O. Y., Pankau, T., & Bikos, L. H. (2020). Birds of a Feather Fare Less Well Together: Modeling Predictors of International Student Adaptation. Sustainability, 12(6), 2317. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062317 Available at:  https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/6/2317   

Dykhouse, E. C., & Bikos, L. H. (2019). Re-entry friction: The curious effects of cultural dislocation on outcomes for global service learning returnees.  International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 72 (96-108). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2019.07.004 

Bikos, L. H., Manning, S. B., & Frieders, Z. J. (2019). Ready or not here I come: A qualitative investigation of students’ readiness perceptions for study abroad/away. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 8(2), 78–91. https://doi-org.ezproxy.spu.edu/10.1037/ipp0000105 

Coyer, C., *Gebregiorgis, D., *Patton, K., Gheleva, D., & Bikos, L. (2019). Cultivating global learning locally through community-based experiential education. Journal of Experiential Education, 42(2), 155-170. doi: 10.1177/1053825918824615 Retrieved from: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1053825918824615 

De Paul Chism, N., & Bikos, L. H. (2015).  Perceived organizational support: A meaningful contributor to expatriate development professionals' psychological well-being International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49, 25-32. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.06.004

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Bikos Research Team

Our research falls at the intersections of international, vocational, and positive psychology. Please, browse our website and learn about our research and our wonderful RVT!

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Why I Teach at SPU

Lynette Bikos, Professor of Clinical Psychology

“Mentoring doctoral students in clinical and industrial-organizational psychology in their research projects is a privilege for which I am deeply grateful. We work at the leading edge of our disciplines, asking novel questions and using cutting-edge statistical approaches to analyze and interpret the results.”