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Richard Butman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology Emeritus

On Faculty since 1980, Retired in 2021


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. Most recently, he has been working on promoting resiliency and effective coping in Christian camps and conference centers.

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

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

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

Listed in National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (IL)

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

Aging well: Personal and professionals reflections for servant-practitioner-scholars
Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, Lombard, IL, March 2017

Facing the mental health concerns of contemporary youth: Challenges and opportunities
Christian Camp and Conference Association Convention, Nashville, TN, December 2016

The DSM5: Challenges and opportunities for professional counselors and counselor educators
Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Convention, Pasadena, CA, March 2016

Recent research that could impact the future of Christian camping
Invited address for annual Christian Camping and Conference Associations Convention, Pasadena, CA, December 2015

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

On listening to conversations between Athens and Jerusalem
Invited address for anniversary celebrations for School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA, March 2013

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

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, 2nd edition (Intervarsity, 2016). 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.

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

The qualifications of the christian mental health profession, Christian counseling ethics: A handbook for psychologists, therapist and pastors
Butman, R., 2013