Skip to Content
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 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 Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio), Owens Community College (Toledo, Ohio) and Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan).

Anna has served as the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology (SSPWT) Section Chair for the Wesleyan Theological Society since 2015. Previously, 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. At SNU, Anna is a faculty mentor for the Freshman Honors Learning Community and for SNU’s chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.

Anna’s research and clinical interests include virtue development, 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). Anna’s Love Lab research group investigates the development of love as a human virtue and implications of compassionate love for human flourishing. Anna has also 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 research at a variety of conferences, including the Interdisciplinary Conference on Health, Religion, & Spirituality, meetings of the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology, and meetings of the American Psychological Association. She has published findings from her Master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity and in Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Her book chapter entitled Trauma, Religion, and Spirituality: Pathways to Healing, was published by Springer in 2015.

Courses taught:

Undergraduate courses:

  • PSY 1113 – General Psychology
  • HON 1113 - General Psychology - Honors Learning Community
  • PSY 2173/ED 2173 – Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan
  • PSY 3113 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 3193 – Learning and Cognition
  • STAT 3243 - Computer-Packaged Statistics
  • PSY 4063/PSY 4373 - Special Topics: Psychology of Human Flourishing
  • PSY 4263 - Techniques of Counseling

Graduate courses:

  • PSY 5313 - Lifespan Development


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 educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

Southern Nazarene University is committed to facilitating the accessibility of its website. Please be aware that our efforts to ensure website accessibility are ongoing.
If you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular web page, please contact