Virgo Handojo, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-4465
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 370
Office Hours: Office hours are posted outside office at the beginning of each semester.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD Marriage & Family Studies School of Psychology, Fuller Seminary 2000
M.A. Theology (General) School of Theology Fuller Theological Seminary 1996
M.A. Christian Leadership, Integrative Studies School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary 1995
M.A. Intercultural Studies School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary 1990
  • Additional Education

    B.A. English Literature, Diponegoro University 1987
    Four Years Technical Highschool, Electrical Engineering, STM Pembangunan, Semarang, 1976

  • Courses Taught

    *PSY1110 Intro to Psychology, regular and fully online
    * PSY213 General Psychology
    * PSY301 History and Systems of Psychology
    * PSY305 Psyc Development: Child
    * PSY315 Development Psychology Adolescence and Adult
    * PSY323 Marriage and Family
    * PSY322 Theories of Personality
    * PSY320 Lifespan Development
    * PSY328 Cognitive Psychology
    * PSY345 Abnormal Psychology
    * PSY422 Theories of Counseling
    * PSY423 Models of Christian Counseling
    * PSY459 Dynamics of Religious Experience
    * PSY458 Motivation and Emotion
    * PSY422 Theories of Counseling

    * PSYU578 Ethical and Professional Issues
    * PSYU581 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders
    * PSYU570 Advanced Psychopathology And Diagnosis

    * SOC113 Intro to Sociology
    * SOC338 Group Dynamics and Social Behavior
    * SOC345 Sociology of Diversity

    * ANT225 Cultural Anthropology
    * ANT350 Language and Culture
    * ANT430 Culture and Personality
    * ANT460 Culture and Religion

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    * Attachment, Intercultural Relations
    * Acculturation, stress, cultural adjustment
    * Parenting, Romantic Relationship, Spirituality, Separation, Intimate Partner Violence, and Happiness/Well-being,

    American Psychological Association
    National Council on Family Relations, Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    * Adjunct Faculty, Chapman University, CA
    * Adjunct Faculty, Hope International University, Fullerton, CA

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Recent Activities:
    Yuspendi, Handojo, V., Athota, V.S., Sihotang, M.Y.M., Aryani, P.N.A.D. (2018). Adult Attachment Stability–Instability Before and After Marriage Between Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Non-IPV Women Separated from Partners During Military Duty in Indonesia, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy 39, 103–116 doi: 10.1002/anzf.1281

    May 26, 2018, Invited plenary speaker for The National Symposium on Positive Marital Therapy, Bandung, Indonesia

    March 24th, 2018, Participated in the “Opioid Epidemic: Trends, Updates, and Where We Stand Now Conference” in Torrance, CA.

    February 28, 2018, Participated in the live activity titled SBIRT Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Use in Glendale, CA and awarded 2 CME credits approved by Insitute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association.

    August 22-24, 2017 Co-author Paper on The Role of Intentional activities and Coping on Flourishing, presented by Yuspendi and Vida Handayani at The Tenth Scientific Meeting of Developmental Psychology - Indonesian Psychological Association (Himpsi - Himpunan Psikologi Indonesia), Semarang, Indonesia. 

    May 25-26, 2017, Primary Speaker and Presenter for Two Days Training and Seminar on Moral and Character Development for School Teachers and Administrators in Bali, sponsored by Christian School teachers Network, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia  

    May 19-20, 2017 Plenary Speaker,  Preparing Young Generation to Face the 21st Century Challenges: Moral and Character Development at the National Conference for Christian School Teachers and Administrators, Jakarta, Indonesia

    April 29, 2017, Participated in the conference on The Opioid Epidemic: Helping Health Care Providers "Turn the Tide"  sponsored by LA Care Health Plan, Alhambra, CA

    March 4, 2017, Presented workshop on Structural Therapy of Salvador Minuchin at the National Symposium on Research and Intervention to Family Therapy, Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia.

    March 3, 2017, Presented workshop on Imago Therapy at the National Symposium on Research and Intervention to Family Therapy, Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia.

    March 2, 2017, Presented as a plenary speaker on "Theory and Application Behind Family Therapy." at the National Symposium on Research and Intervention to Family Therapy, Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia.

    Jan 28, 2017, Participated in the conference on Providing Care for Advances Illnesses, sponsored by LA Care and Anthem Blue Cross. Focused on California End of Life Option Act, palliative, and spiritual care needs for the safety net and culturally diverse population with its bioethical challenges.

    Nov 25-27, 2016 Presented a workshop on "Building Positive Relationship with your Significant Others" at Joint Retreat and Conference of Indonesian churches at Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center, Murrieta, CA.

    October 2016, Contributed to the article "Faith and Election Day: Some Mennonite Perspectives." In The Mennonite, October 2016, published by The Mennonite Inc., USA.

    May 8, 2016, Invited Lecture Speaker on "Attachment Theory: A Cybernetic Approach to Marital Therapy" at University Christian Maranatha, Bandung, Indonesia.

    Feb 27, 2016, Participated in a conference on Behavioral Health treatments in the Primary Care Setting, sponsored by LA Care Health Plan insurance program, Alhambra, CA.

    July 21-26, 2015 Presented a seminar on "A Biblical Model of Multicultural Relationships" at the Pennsylvania 2015 Mennonite World Conference, a global assembly conducted every six years, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    July 14, 2015, Presented a seminar on "Building Student's Character for God's Mission" at the Annual Meeting of teachers and staff, Tunas Bangsa Schools, Jakarta, Indonesia.

    July 7-10, 2015 Presented research results on "Relationship among Indonesian Immigrants: Close Relationship Style, Acculturation Strategies, and Well Being," at the 19th International Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development, SIM University, Singapore

    June 24-26, 2015 Presented as Invited Plenary Speaker on "Paul's Strategy of Church Planting: Socio-cultural and Theological Perspectives" at the Mission Conference: “Catch the Vision -- Do the Mission” organized by the Jaffrey Higher School of Theology, Makasar, Indonesia

    May 13, 2015, Presented a seminar on "Managing Your Class Effectively" at the Annual Teachers Retreat, Terang Bangsa Schools, Salatiga, Indonesia.

    July 15 - July 19, 2014, Presented research study on “Attachment Style as a Prediction of Personality, Intercultural Adjustment, and Well Being,” at the 17th European Conference on Personality, Laussane, Switzerland

    June 10-15, 2014 Participated in International Behavioral Neuroscience Society 23rd Annual Meeting, Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

    August 22 – 24, 2013 Session chair and presented a research paper on “Adult Attachment Style, Acculturative Stress and Satisfaction with Life,” at the 5th Asian Congress of Health Psychology, DCC, Daejeon, Korea

    May 19, 2013, Invited Speaker on “The Connection Between Psychology and Spirituality,” for Technology Entertainment and Design (TEDx) Glen Wilson High: Explore, Hacienda Heights, CA

    July 5 - 7, 2012 Presented research paper on "Using Attachment Theory to Predict Psychological Wellbeing and Sociocultural Adjustment Among Indonesian Immigrants in the United States," at the Fourth Asian Psychological Association Conference: Mindfulness, Wellbeing, and Positive Psychology, Jakarta, Indonesia.

    June 27 - 30, 2012 Discussed and responded papers at "The fourth International Consortium for Social Development-Asia Pacific,” sponsored by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Indonesian Social Work Consortium for developing new social development strategies in line with post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

    February 15-17, 2012 Participated in the symposium on " SCHIZOPHRENIA AND HUMAN FLOURISHING: Science, Service, Community, and Church," with Nobel Laureate, Dr. John Nash, and others, sponsored by The Lee Edward Travis Research Institute and Fuller's School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA.

    February 15, 2012, participated in the seminar on "What Parents Want: Evidence From Child Adoption," with Leeat Yariv, Professor of Economics at Caltech, presented by California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Grace Indonesian Christian Fellowship
    187-191 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
    Sierra Madre, CA 91024

  • Community Service & Involvement

    * Committee on Racial Ethnic Council, Mennonite Church, USA
    * Board of Directors, US Mennonite Central Committee, USA -

  • Interests & Hobbies

    * Computer
    * Reading books
    * Travels

  • Personal Philosophy

    "And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'"

    -Matthew 22:37-39, NASB

    "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

    -Matthew 28:19-20, NASB