Richard Butman, Ph.D.


Psychology Department

Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 1980

Office: BGC M237
Phone: (630)752-5082


Ph.D. Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA, Clinical Psychology - APA approved, 1979.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (IL) 072-002694.

Listed in National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology (030941).

M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, Theological Studies, 1977.

B.A.Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, Psychology (with honors), 1973.

About Richard Butman

A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Butman's current interests include bereavement and psychopathology. He is currently working on collaborative projects in both areas. His commitment to promoting holistic development has led to direct involvement in ministries in Africa, Asia, Chicago, and Latin America.

Courses Taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Foundations of Integration I and II
  • Psychopathology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Theological and Religious Issues in Psychotherapy
  • Internship Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association (APA)- Divisions of Clinical Psychology, and Psychologists Interested in Religious Issues
  • American Psychological Society (APS)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)


Dr. Butman has co-authored (with Stanton L. Jones) Modern Psychotherapies: A Christian Appraisal, 2nd edition (InterVarsity,2011) and (with Barrett McRay and Mark Yarhouse) Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal (Intervarsity, 2005). Dr. Butman is also involved in a shared project in the areas of integration and the spiritual/sociocultural foundations of mental health. Finally, he has contributed articles and chapters to a wide variety of professional publications.


Recent Books, Chapters, and Articles

Butman, R., &Yarhouse, M. (2014, Summer). Psychopathology through the eyes of faith. Journal of Psychology and Christianity.

Butman, R. (2013). The qualifications of the christian mental health profession. In R. Sanders (Ed.), Christian counseling ethics: A handbook for psychologists, therapist and pastors. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.

Jones, S. and Butman, R. (2011). Modern psychotherapies: A comprehensive christian appraisal (Second ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.

Yarhouse, M., Butman, R., & McRay, B. (2005). Modern psychopathologies: A comprehensive christian appraisal. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.


Butman, R. (2015, December). Recent research that could impact the future of christian camping. Invited address for annual Christian Camping and Conference Associations Convention, Phoenix, AZ.

Butman, R. (2015, November). Theological and religious issues that could impact integrative member care. Invited address for annual Mental Health and Missions Conference, Angola, IN.

Butman, R. (2013, March). On listening to conversations between athens and jerusalem. Invited address for anniversary celebrations for School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

Butman, R. (2006, February). The problem of pain revisited: Insights for servant-practitioners in the new millennium. Invited address given on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. Butman, R., Mangis, M., McNeil. D., Watson, R., & Watson, T. (2006, March). What’s all the fuss about integration? Workshop presented at Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, Cincinnati, OH.

Butman, R., McRay, B., & Yarhouse, M. (2005, October). Teaching students to see psychopathology through “the eyes of faith.” Group presentation at the American Association of Christian Counselors Convention, Nashville, TN.

Butman, R., & Johnson, A. (2004, March). Fathers and sons: Reconnecting and transformation in the critical years. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, St. Petersburg, FL.

Butman, R., McNeil, D., Trice, P., Watson, R., & Watson, T. (2004, March). Christianity and psychology: Four more views. Symposium presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, St. Petersburg, FL.

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