Let me introduce myself. I teach psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since 1998 I have been part of the core faculty in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and have served as the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity since 2004. As for counseling services, I have a private practice in the Virginia Beach area, providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling.
I graduated from Calvin College with degrees in philosophy and art and a minor in psychology. In art my focus was lithography, pen and ink drawing, and watercolor painting. I then went to Wheaton College and earned a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several fine scholars over the past few years, leading to books such as Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously-Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation (with Stan Jones) and Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal (with Rich Butman and Barrett McRay). I also completed two projects on couples and families with Jim Sells: Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal and Counseling Couples in Conflict: A Relational Restoration Model.
My two most recent solo projects are Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors and Friends and Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministry. This second one for youth pastors was just released the fall of 2013 in conjunction with speaking engagements at the National Youth Workers Convention with Youth Specialties, Inc.
I just completed a book on transgender issues and gender dysphoria titled, Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture published by InterVarsity Press Academic.
If you are trying to reach me for a speaking engagement, you can email me at markyar[at]regent[dot]edu.
I’m glad you came across this web site. The focus here is integration, which involves a meaningful dialogue between psychology and Christianity.