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Stanton Jones, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology Emeritus and Core Studies

On Faculty since 1981, Retired in 2019


Upon his retirement in 2020, Stanton L. Jones was designated as Professor of Psychology and Core Studies Emeritus and Provost Emeritus. In that role, he continues his contributions as a researcher and scholar. From 1996 to 2016, he served as Provost of Wheaton College. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer responsible for all on-campus and off-campus academic programs of the College. When he stepped down from the role of Provost, he served three additional years as Professor of Psychology and Core Studies before his retirement.

During his term as Provost from 1996-2016, Jones led 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 championed the establishment of Wheaton’s second doctoral program: the Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Before his appointment as Provost in 1996, Dr. Jones 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.

Arizona State University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1981

Arizona State University
M.A., Clinical Psychology

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

  • Human Sexuality
  • Psychology and Religious Faith
  • Psychotherapy Theories

All knowledge starts somewhere in faith, Chronicle of Higher Education
Jones, S., 2014

‘Help, I’m gay’: A pastoral conversation about same-sex attraction, Leadership Journal
Jones, S., 2013

Letter to a gay professor, Inside Higher Education
Jones, S., 2013

Knowing what we do not know about sexual orientation change efforts, American Psychologist
Rosik, C. H., Jones, S. and Byrd, A. D., 2012

Same-sex science, First Things
Jones, S., 2012

Using Jones’ Integration Approach to Accommodate Attachment-Based Family Therapy to Christian Treatment of Depression in Adolescence, Journal of Psychology and Theologyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0091647119854118   

Rueger, S. Y., Jones, S. L., and Worthington, E., 2019