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Thomas Donavan, PsyD

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: 951-343-4746
Office Location: James Building 378
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PsyD Clinical Psychology Biola University 2015
M.A. Clinical Psychology Biola University 2012
B.A. Psychology Biola University 2010
  • Additional Education

    Licensed Psychologist, State of California (License Number PSY 28556)
    International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) certified couple therapist.

  • Courses Taught

    Aging and Long-Term Care
    Psychology and Christianity III: Biblical Anthropology and Axiology
    Psychology and Christianity IV: Redemption
    Clinical Practicum
    Human Communication in Group Process
    Advanced Psychopathology
    Professional Law and Ethics
    MFT Counseling Theories

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Attachment Theory
    Attachment to God
    Clinical Training
    Couple Therapy
    Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Special Appointment Faculty at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology 2017-2021 teaching:
    Clinical Practicum
    Cognitive Assessment
    Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
    Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals
    Psychology of Family
    Seminar in Therapeutic Techniques

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Donavan, T. (June, 2020). Processing the Pandemic. Interactive presentation with congregants of Redeemer Church in La Mirada, CA.

    Donavan, T. & Robins, K. (June, 2019). Marriage Fundamentals. Mental Health Seminar with congregants of My Friend’s House Church in Whittier, CA

    Donavan, T. & Paxton, A. (June – August, 2019). Mental Health in the Church. Presentation at Redeemer Church in La Mirada, CA.

    Donavan, T. (June, 2019). Emotional Intelligence. Educational Talk at Biola University’s Staff Development Conference at Fullerton Free Church, CA

    Donavan, T. (June-August, 2018). Pastoral Support. Seminar for pastors of local churches at Biola Counseling Center, CA.

    Donavan, T. (October, 2016). Compassion Fatigue. EBP Nursing Seminar Presentation at St. Joseph’s Hospital, CA.

    Donavan, T. (2015). The development, maintenance, and resolution of maladaptive relational schema [Unpublished Doctoral Thesis]. Biola University

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Member at Friends Church Fullerton

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Independent clinical practice at Psychological Services of Riverside, providing psychotherapy services to adults and couples as well as supervision to CBU PsyD program practicum students.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Spending time with my wife and three children
    Mountain biking, running, and surfing

  • Personal Philosophy

    … Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9