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Robert Pate, PsyD

Professor of Psychology
Director of Clinical Training, PsyD Program

Office Phone: (951) 343-4588
Office Location: James 125B
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PsyD Clinical Psychology Biola University 2010
M.A. Clinical Psychology Biola University 2006
B.A. Psychology Wagner College 2004
  • Additional Education

    Licensed Psychologist in CA

    Various therapy specialization trainings (EMDR, PPP, TFCBT, Gottman method)

  • Courses Taught

    Psychiatric Disorders, Clinical Practice, Clinical Practicum, Law and Ethics, Research Methods, MFT Counseling-Child and Adolescent, Group Therapy, Eval and Treatment of Compulsive Disorders, Theories of Personality, Christian Perspectives in Counseling, Human Sexuality, Child Abuse: Detection/Treatment,

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Couples therapy
    Psychotherapy with men
    Clinical Psychology
    Christian Psychology (applying psychological science to principles found in scripture and Christian traditions)
    Application of Christian meditative practices to stress and coping
    Integration of psychology and theology
    The business of private practice

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Chair, Undergraduate Psychology Dept. at Hope International University

    Adjunct instructor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    08/2020 Joshua Knabb, Robert Pate, Sean Sullivan, Erik Salley, Amy Miller, and William Boyer. “Walking with God”: Developing and Pilot Testing a Manualized Four-Week Program Combining Christian Meditation and Light-to-Moderate Physical Activity for Daily Stress. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture. (In press)

    06/2019 Joshua Knabb, Veola Vazquez & Robert Pate (2019) “Set your minds on things above”: shifting from trauma-based ruminations to ruminating on God. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 22(4), 384-399, DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2019.1612336

    06/2018 Common factors- scientific support for a biblical model of marriage. (Article) Counseled.

    Various presentations on psychotherapy with men/traditional men, integrating faith and psychotherapy, self-care for medical professionals, and psychotherapy with couples

    01/2016 Contraception? One View. Christian Standard. Available at

    2014. Integrating Faith and Learning: Broadening the Findings. Coauthored with Thomas Frederick and Susan Hastings. Chapter in SAGE Cases in Methodology. DOI:

  • Church Membership & Activities

    First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, CA

    Worship team member

    Volunteer Couples Therapist- Ignite Missions, Honduras

    Bible study with several couples with young children

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Co-chair, Southern California Association of Psychology Training Programs (SCAPTP)

    Board member: My Safe Harbor, a nonprofit working with at-risk and low-income families to strengthen families by empowering mothers)

    Low fee/pro bono psychotherapy

    Blogs/vlogs discussing healthy relationships

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Family board game nights (the nerdy German style strategy game kind)(favorite game currently- 7 Wonders)

    Watching sports (just about any of them)

    Playing sports/games (just about anything as long as it's competitive)


    Playing guitar (poorly and not very much)

    Hanging out with my wife and three children

    Traveled to 49 of the 50 states (still need to trek up to Alaska)

  • Personal Philosophy

    "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young. Rather, set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." 1 Tim. 4:12

    Paul said this to Timothy when Timothy was somewhere close to 40 years old. I take this passage to mean that if God has it in mind to use someone for his purposes (be they teaching, leading, practicing, or any other -ing), it is up to the individual to show those watching that God is first in his/her life. A life lived for God lends weight to whatever message is preached. Age matters not (pardon me for getting my Yoda on here) when the things being taught are significant beyond this life. And when it comes down to it, isn't everything about life beyond this life? So get busy leading. Get busy teaching. Get busy doing God's work, wherever it takes you. Go live your purpose!