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Southern Nazarene University - Character Culture Christ

Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of Research

Contact Information
Office Location: Don Beaver Science Building, Fourth Floor, Room 429
Office Number: 405-491-6352

Curriculum Vitae



  • Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2010-2015.
  • M.A. – Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2010-2012.
  • B.A. – Psychology & Sociology (Summa Cum Laude), Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 2006-2009.

Dr. Anna (Hawley) Harper joined the faculty of SNU in Fall 2015, after completing her doctoral psychology internship with the University Counseling Center at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. During her doctoral training, she provided psychotherapy services to university students and community members of all ages, and she taught undergraduate courses at Owens Community College (Toledo, Ohio) and Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan). She served Division 36 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) as graduate student co-representative from 2013-2015. Anna enjoys exploring the OKC area, activities featuring arts/music/culture, spending time outdoors, and laughing with her husband, Caleb.

Anna’s research and clinical interests include relational spirituality (i.e., intersections of interpersonal relationships and religion/spirituality), couples and family relationships, emerging adulthood, stress-related growth and decline, spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Courses taught:

Undergraduate courses:

  • PSY-1113 – General Psychology
  • PSY-2173 – Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan
  • PSY 3193 – Learning and Cognition

Current Scholarship
In her recent line of research, Dr. Anna Harper has explored religious/spiritual appraisals of non-marital romantic breakups among college students, as well as post-breakup coping methods, adjustment, and growth. She has presented findings from this line of research at a variety of conferences, including the Interdisciplinary Conference on Health, Religion, & Spirituality at Indiana State University, meetings of the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology at Seattle Pacific University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Nashville, TN, and the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. She has published findings from her Master’s thesis and preliminary doctoral project in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She is currently preparing her dissertation for publication and is first author on a book chapter entitled Trauma, Religion, and Spirituality: Pathways to Healing, which is scheduled to be published by Springer in September 2015.


Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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