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Director, Graduate Programs in Counseling, Associate Professor

Contact Information
Office Location: Don Beaver Science Building, Fourth Floor, Room 429
Office Number: (405) 491-6656


  • Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, Sept. 2001 – Aug. 2007.
  • M.A. – Theology, Graduate School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, Sept. 2001 – June 2006.                                                                                             
  • M.A. – Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, Sept. 2001 – June 2003.
  • B.S. – Psychology & Theology (Summa cum laude), Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, Aug. 1997 – May 2001.
  • Pew Younger Scholar’s Program, Seminar in Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, May 2000 – June 2000.

Dr. Paul Jones became Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling in 2012 and began teaching at SNU in 2008. Prior to joining the SNU faculty, he completed his doctoral internship with the Oklahoma Health Consortium and a postdoctoral fellowship with University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Counseling Services. He is licensed in the state of Oklahoma as a Health Service Psychologist and served for four years as the Executive Director of the Life Counseling Center, SNU’s community mental health center and training clinic for the Graduate Programs in Counseling. When wasting time, Paul enjoys videos games, watching sports with passion, and getting scrappy with other faculty and staff members on the basketball court. He and his wife, Kim, live in Bethany with their son, Cameron.

Dr. Jones’s research interests include the integration of psychology, philosophy, and Wesleyan theology. He is particularly interested in the role of ethics and virtue theory as it relates to clinical practice. In addition, he is interested in the theory and application of relational psychoanalysis and attachment theory.

Courses taught:
   Graduate courses:

  • PSY5313 – Lifespan Development
  • PSY5143 – Psychological and Family Assessment
  • PSY6293 – Philosophy of Interpersonal Relationships
  • PSY5263 – Psychopathology
  • PSY6333 – Theories of Counseling

   Undergraduate courses:

  • PSY4113 – Psychology of Religion
  • PSY4213 – Principles of Counseling
  • PSY4273 – History and Systems of Psychology

Current Scholarship

In addition to several publications and conference presentations with SNU students andfaculty, Dr. Jones is the author of Traditioning as Integration: Rationally Justifying the Practice of Relational Psychoanalysis in Social Trinitarian Theology.  In addition, he a contributing author in Christianity &Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation.

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

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