Speaker Biographies

Warren S. Brown, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1971)

Dr. Brown is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is director of the Lee Travis Research Institute. He is also a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute. He is actively involved in experimental neuropsychological research, particularly related to functions of the corpus callosum in relationship to human higher cognitive and social processes. For the last 15 years, Brown's laboratory has been studying the cognitive and psychosocial consequences of agenesis of the corpus callosum in individuals who have intelligence within the normal range. 

Dr. Brown has coauthored more than 75 research publications and over 120 presentations at scientific meetings. He has also written extensively on science and religion, serving as co-editor of Whatever Happened to the Soul? (with Nancey Murphy and Newton Malony; Fortress Press, 1998) and editor of Understanding Wisdom (Templeton Press, 2001). He is also co-author of Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? (with Murphy; Oxford University Press, 2007) and Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion (with Malcolm Jeeves; Templeton Press, 2009).  Dr. Brown and his wife, Janet, have 2 grown children and reside in Pasadena, California.

John Coe (Ph.D., University of California, 1992)

Dr. Coe is the Director of the Institute for Spiritual Formation and an Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology and Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, Biola University. He received the M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California, Irvine; M.A. in Humanities, Western Kentucky University, M.A. in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Philosophy of Religion, Talbot School of Theology, B.A. in Biblical Studies, Biola University. Dr. Coe teaches and does research in the areas of Spiritual Theology and the integration of spirituality, theology, and psychological growth. His particular interest is a New Covenant approach to sanctification as well as a developmental approach to understanding stages of spiritual growth with particular emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit. He is author (with Todd Hall) of Psychology in the Spirit. Dr. Coe has been married to Greta for 33 years and has two daughters, Anna and Krista, both fourteen years old.

Eric Johnson (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1992) 

Dr. Johnson is professor of Pastoral Care at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the director of the Society for Christian Psychology, a division of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. Johnson has contributed numerous articles in the field of Christian psychology arguing for the necessity of theology in counseling and psychological research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and in 1998 he edited a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity entitled “Psychology within the Christian Tradition.” In addition to authoring articles for the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, he has co-edited and contributed to two books, Christianity and Psychology: Four Views and God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God, and is the author of Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology.

Stanton Jones (Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1981)

Dr. Jones is Provost* of Wheaton College. Before his appointment as Provost in 1996, he was Rech Professor of Psychology and Christianity at Wheaton College and Chairperson of the Psychology Department. He has been a Research Fellow of the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. He previously served a three-year term as a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychology Association, the central governing body of the APA. Among Dr. Jones' recent scholarly work are three books published by InterVarsity Press: Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation (with Mark Yarhouse), Psychology and Christianity: Four Views (with Eric Johnson), and Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate (with Mark Yarhouse). His article, "A Constructive Relationship for Religion with the Science and Profession of Psychology: Perhaps the Boldest Model Yet," was a call for greater respect for and cooperation with religion by secular psychologists and appeared in the March, 1994, issue of the American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the discipline of psychology with a distribution of over 100,000.

*Chief Academic Officer responsible for all on-campus and off-campus academic programs of the college

David Powlison (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1996)

Dr. Powlison edits The Journal of Biblical Counseling and teaches at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Powlison is a counselor with over thirty years of experience. He has written extensively on counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Seeing with New Eyes; Speaking Truth in Love; Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare, and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. In addition to his work in the United States, he has also taught in Korea, India, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, England, and Sri Lanka. Dr. Powlison and his wife, Nancy, reside in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and have three grown children.

Paul Watson (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 1977)

Dr. Watson is U.C. Foundation Professor and Head of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The psychology of religion is central to his research interests, and his work has appeared in a wide range of professional journals, including, for example, the Journal of Psychology and Theology, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and International Journal of the Psychology of Religion. He currently serves as editor of Edification: Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology.