Dr. Anna Harper

Associate Professor
Faculty Directory photo of Dr. Anna Harper
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Psychology
Ph.D., 2015, Bowling Green State University
M.A., 2012, Bowling Green State University
B.A., 2009, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
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 previously served in leadership positions for the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology/Wesleyan Theological Society and for Division 36 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality). She currently serves as a faculty mentor for the SNU 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), stress-related growth and decline, spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and congregational assessment research. Anna 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 published findings from her research in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Spirituality in Clinical Practice, and as a book chapter entitled Trauma, Religion, and Spirituality: Pathways to Healing. Anna’s Love Lab research group currently investigates the development of love as a human virtue and implications of compassionate love for human flourishing. She is currently directing a Quanstrom grant-funded cross-cultural research project exploring manifestations of compassionate love in the United States and Costa Rica.

Hobbies or fun facts: Anna enjoys reading psychological and theological literature, appreciating the arts of all varieties, exploring the local OKC food culture, traveling to new places near and far, spending time in nature, and laughing with her husband, Caleb. Anna lived in the Great Lakes region of the United States (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan) before moving to Oklahoma in 2015.