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Marriage and Family Therapy Faculty

Students will benefit from a team of faculty who are both experienced and widely published in their fields, and who are motivated to serve Christ and his kingdom.

Adjunct Faculty

David NortonDavid Norton, Ph.D., LMFT
M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Guest Associate Professor

Dr. Norton received his B.A. in Religion from Houghton College, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He has practiced as a marriage and family therapist since 1980 and is the founder and CEO of Centennial Counseling Center, a large mental health practice with approximately 35 therapists and offices in St. Charles, Yorkville, and Sandwich, Illinois. Dr. Norton served as Chair and board member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board from 1993-2001 later returned to the board in 2011, and is currently the Chair once again. He also acts as the current Treasurer for the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards, the organization in charge of the MFT license used in 49 of the 50 states. For two years he served as President of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Before becoming a therapist, Dr. Norton worked as a youth pastor for several years, while also working with juvenile delinquents in an advocacy and prevention program for one year. In his free time, Dr. Norton enjoys landscape gardening, home repair and woodworking, as well as playing with his grandchildren. Full bio >

Terri WatsonTerri Watson, Psy.D., ABPP
Associate Dean of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Watson is a board certified clinical psychologist, an approved clinical supervisor with the Center for Credentialing and Education, and an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her clinical interests include clinical supervision, couple and family therapy, EFT with couples, and women’s issues. She maintains a private practice in Hoffman Estates, IL and also provides supervision and clinical consultation for community and private organizations. Dr. Watson’s research and writing interests include Christian faith and clinical psychology integration, clinical supervision, and cross cultural applications of psychology. Dr. Watson is married with two children and enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, sailing, biking, and gardening. Full bio >

Marriage and Family Therapy ProfessorTimothy R. Buhrt, Psy.D.
M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Guest Associate Professor

Dr. Buhrt is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained his M.A. in Systematic Theology from Wheaton College and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. His doctoral dissertation, in association with the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, focused on the impact of protective factors that mediate cognitive decline during aging. Dr. Buhrt has engaged in clinical practice since 1991 working in private practice, community mental health centers, hospital and residential settings. As a therapist, Dr. Buhrt works with persons across the lifespan who struggle with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect their interpersonal relationships. In supervision, Dr. Buhrt assists master students, doctoral students, and staff therapists improve their clinical skills as they develop a vision for their career. As an administrator at Centennial Counseling Center, Dr. Buhrt engages in planning, marketing, and staff management to assist the organization in remaining involved in meeting the clinical needs of the local community. When Tim is at home, he loves to exercise, garden, golf, and try a variety of woodworking projects.

Marriage and Family Therapy ProfessorRenee Voss, M.A., LMFT, CADC
M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Guest Associate Professor

Renee received her B.A. in Psychology at Hope College (2009) and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler University (2011). Renee enjoys working with clients of all ages on a variety of issues. She also specializes in helping individuals, couples and families overcome eating disorders and addictions. She is a Clinical Fellow at AAMFT and is the Co-Director and Clinical Training Director at the Heritage Center for Marriage and Family located in Wheaton, IL. Renee is also pursuing special training in becoming an Approved Supervisor for students preparing for a career as a marriage and family therapist. When she is not in the office she enjoys spending time with friends being active outdoors, camping, traveling with her husband, and trying to teach her new puppy tricks.

Marriage and Family Therapy ProfessorHillary Wildt, Psy.D.
M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Guest Associate Professor

Dr. Wildt received her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy – Chicago. She is passionate about the provision of culturally-competent, adequate, applicable, and sustainable treatment and support to those who have reduced access to care. Dr. Wildt is particularly interested in the treatment of symptoms related to chronic and/or developmental trauma and in increasing access to care in populations affected by high levels of conflict, war, and violence. In addition to teaching, Dr. Wildt works with individuals, couples, and families at a private practice and works for an international development and aid organization (International Aid Services, America). In her personal life, Dr. Wildt likes to be outdoors! She enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, and taking road trips with her husband.