Stanton Jones, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Core Studies
On Faculty since 1981

Office: BGC M254
Phone: (630)752-7051


Ph.D., M.A., Arizona State University (Clinical Psychology, APA accredited), summa cum laude, 1981 (completed APA accredited Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Veteran Administration Medical Center 1980-1981)

B.S., Texas A & M University (College Station), summa cum laude, 1976

About Stanton Jones

Stanton L. Jones recently returned to the faculty of Wheaton College as Professor of Psychology and Core Studies after serving for 20 years as Provost of Wheaton College.

Before his appointment as Provost in 1996, he was Rech Professor of Psychology and Christianity and Chairperson of the Wheaton College Psychology Department. He served as Psychology Department Chair from 1984 to 1996. As Chair, he led the effort to establish Wheaton’s first doctoral program, the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, which was first accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1997. 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 APA’s Council of Representatives, the central governing body of the APA. 

His scholarly work has focused on conceptual approaches to the relationship of psychology and religious faith, Christian perspectives on psychotherapy theories, and human sexuality. He has published about a dozen books and over 85 scholarly and popular articles and book chapters.

During his term as Provost from 1996-2016, Jones led in the creation and implementation of the new Christ at the Core general education program, oversaw the hiring of over 150 new full-time Wheaton faculty, the continuing development of Wheaton’s entire 200 full-time faculty including the continual strengthening of the institution’s Faculty Faith and Learning Faculty Development Program, the establishment of over a dozen new endowed faculty Chairs, and he championed the establishment of Wheaton’s second doctoral program: the Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Representative Books

Jones, S. (2014). Psychology: A Student Guide. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Jones, S. & Butman, R. (2011). Modern psychotherapies: A comprehensive Christian appraisal (Second Edition). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Jones, S. & Jones, B. (2007). God's Design for Sex. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. (A five volume book series co-authored with his wife Brenna, the God's Design for Sex book series is a set of age-appropriate resources for sex education in Christian families with combined total sales of over one million copies.)

Jones, S. & Yarhouse, M. (2007). Ex-gays? A longitudinal study of religiously mediated change in sexual orientation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Johnson, E., & Jones, S. (Eds.) (2000). Psychology and Christianity: Four views. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Jones, S. & Yarhouse, M. (2000). Homosexuality: The use of scientific research in the Church’s moral debate. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Representative Book Chapters and Articles

Jones, S. (July 3, 2014). “All knowledge starts somewhere in faith,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Digitally published >>

Jones, S. (October 15, 2013). “‘Help, I’m gay’: A pastoral conversation about same-sex attraction,” Leadership Journal, 21-25; Digitally published >>

Jones, S. (April 3, 2013). “Letter to a gay professor,” Inside Higher Education. Digitally published >>

Rosik, C. H., Jones, S. & Byrd, A. D. (2012). Knowing what we do not know about sexual orientation change efforts, American Psychologist, 67(6), 2012, 498-499.

Jones, S. (February, 2012). Same-sex science. First Things, 27-33; Digitally published >>

Jones, S., & Yarhouse, M. (2011). A longitudinal study of attempted religiously-mediated sexual orientation change. The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 37 (5), 404-427.

Jones, S. (May 23, 2011). “Please Tell,” Inside Higher EducationDigitally published >>

Jones, S. (January, 2011). How to teach sex: Seven realities Christians in every congregation need to know. Christianity Today, pp. 34-39.

Jones, S., Rosik, C. H., Williams, R. N., & Byrd, A. D. (2010). A scientific, conceptual, and ethical critique of the Report of the APA Task Force on Sexual Orientation. The General Psychologist, 45 (2), 7-18.

Jones, S. (2010). An integration view. In E. Johnson (Ed.), Psychology and Christianity: Five views (Second Ed.) (pp. 101-128), Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Jones, S. (2006). Study guide and response to Mel White’s What the Bible says—and doesn’t say—about homosexuality. Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College (privately published booklet.  Available digitally >>

Jones, S. & Yarhouse, M. (2006). Anthropology, sexuality, and sexual ethics: The challenge of psychology. In R. Lints, M. Horton, & M. Talbot (Eds.) Personal identity in theological perspective (pp. 118-138). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Jones, S., & Kwee, A. W. (2005). Scientific research, homosexuality, and the Church’s moral debate: An update. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 24 (4), 304-316.

Jones, S., & Hostler, H. (2005). The role of sexuality in personhood: An integrative exploration. In W. R. Miller & H. D. Delaney (Eds.), Human nature, motivation, and change: Judeo-Christian perspectives on psychology (pp. 115-132). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Jones, S. (2001). An apologetic apologia for the integration of psychology and theology. In T. R. Phillips & M. R. McMinn (Eds.), The care of the soul: Exploring the intersection of psychology and theology (pp. 62-77). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Jones, S. (2000). Religion and psychology: Theories and methods. In A. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology (Volume 7, pp. 38-42)  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, and New York: Oxford University Press.

Jones, S., & Yarhouse, M. (2000). The use, misuse, and abuse of science in the ecclesiastical homosexuality debates (pp. 73-120). In D. Balch (Ed.), Homosexuality, science, and the “plain sense” of scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Preussler, D., Butman, R., & Jones, S. (1998). Diversity matters: Religion and the practice of clinical psychology (pp. 233-253). In C. Belar (Ed.), Sociocultural and individual differences (Volume 10 in the Comprehensive clinical psychology series, A. Bellack & M. Hersen, Series Eds.). New York: Elsevier Science.

Jones, S. (1997). The meaning of agency and responsibility in light of social science research. In R. Roberts and M. Talbot (Eds.), Limning the psyche: Explorations in Christian psychology (pp. 186-205), Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Jones, S., & Yarhouse, M. (1997). Science and the ecclesiastical homosexuality debates. Christian Scholar's Review, 26 (4), 446-477.

Yarhouse, M., & Jones, S. (1997). A critique of materialist assumptions in interpretations of research on homosexuality. Christian Scholar's Review, 26 (4), 478-495.

Jones, S. (1996). Reflections on the nature and future of the Christian psychologies. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 15(2), 133-142.

Jones, S. (April 24, 1995). My genes made me do it. Christianity Today, pp. 14-18.

Jones, S. (1994). A constructive relationship for religion with the science and profession of psychology: Perhaps the boldest model yet. American Psychologist, 49 (3), 184-199.
Reprinted in Shafranske, E. (Ed.). (1996). Religion and the clinical practice of psychology (pp. 113-148). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Reprinted in D. H. Stevenson, B. E. Eck, P. C. Hill (Eds.) (2007). Psychology and Christianity integration: Seminal works that shaped the movement (pp. 136-154 in this volume honoring the 50th anniversary of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies). Batavia, IL: Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Inc.

Jones, S. (July 19, 1993). The loving opposition: Speaking the truth in a climate of hate. Christianity Today, 37 (8), 18-25.
Reprinted, in edited form, as a pamphlet entitled The gay debate. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press (which in turn has been translated into Spanish and published in Andamio, the journal of Grupos Biblicos Universitarios; it has also been translated into a number of other languages including Korean, Indonesian and Portuguese and published as a pamphlet).
Reprinted in Baird, R. M., & Baird, K. M. (Eds.). (1995). Homosexuality: Debating the issues. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
Reprinted, in edited form, in Clark, D. K., & Rakestraw, R. V. (Eds.). (1996). Readings in Christian Ethics: Volume 2: Issues and Applications. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Jones, S., & Workman, D. (1989). Homosexuality: The behavioral sciences and the church. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 17(4), 213-225.

Jones, S. (August 18,1989). Homosexuality according to science. Christianity Today, 33 (11), 26-29.

Jones, S. (1989). Rational-emotive therapy in Christian perspective. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 17 (2), 110-120.

Jones, S. (1988). A religious critique of behavior therapy (pp. 139-170). In W. Miller and J. Martin (Eds.), Behavior therapy and religion: Integrating spiritual and behavioral approaches to change. New York: Sage Press.

Jones, S. (1986). Relating the Christian faith and the discipline of psychology (pp. 15-33). In S. Jones (Ed.), Psychology and the Christian faith: An introductory reader. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.

Jones, S. (1986)  Christian faith and community psychology (pp. 240-258).  In S. Jones (Ed.), Psychology and the Christian faith; An introductory reader. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Webster, J., Jones, S., Blanton, P., Gross, R., Beissel, G., & Wofford, J. (1984). Visual scanning training with stroke patients. Behavior Therapy, 15, 129-143.

Zeiss, A., & Jones, S. (1983). Behavioral treatment of depression. In P. Emmelkamp and E. Foa (Eds.), Failures in behavior therapy (pp. 197-216). New York: John Wiley.

Alford, G., Wedding, D., & Jones, S. (1983). Faking “turn-ons” and “turn-offs”: The effects of competitory covert imagery on penile tumescence responses to diverse extrinsic sexual stimulus materials. Behavior Modification, 7, 112-125.

Rychtarik, R., Smith, P., Jones, S., Doerfler, L., Hale, R. & Prue, D. (1983). Assessing disulfiram compliance: Validational study of an abbreviated breath test procedure. Addictive Behaviors, 8, 361-368.

Jones, S., Kanfer, R., & Lanyon, R. (1982). Skill training with alcoholics: A clinical extension. Addictive Behaviors, 7, 285-290.

Jones, S., & Lanyon, R. (1981). Relationship between adaptive skills and outcome of alcoholism treatment. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 42, 521-525.

Jones, S., Nation, J., & Massad, P. (1977). Immunization against learned helplessness in man. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 86, 75-83.

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