Nancy ThurstonNancy S. Thurston, PsyD, ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
Professor of Psychology
Nancy Thurston earned a BA in religion from Hope College and an MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University. She served on the faculty at Fuller Seminary's Graduate School of Psychology for nine years. She is a licensed psychologist in California and Oregon. Her private practice includes work as a ministerial assessment specialist for the United Methodist Church. She is an active member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, for whom she gave invited keynote addresses at two of its international conventions. She also served for 10 years as a member of the Executive Committee of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association and is a member of the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology
Thurston also leads a research team on shame dynamics and teaches courses in shame both at George Fox and at various continuing education workshops. Her other teaching specialty is in the area of psychological assessment. She has published various articles on shame and recently published her new projective assessment tool of shame (the Thurston-Cradock Test of Shame), (Western Psychological Services (WPS) in 2009).
Thurston is currently advancing her long-term interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy by enrolling as a candidate for psychoanalytic training at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology. It is the only psychoanalytic institute in the world which explicitly integrates Christian faith and spiritual formation with psychoanalysis training, and she is in the inaugural cohort of BIPACT. She is seeking this training in order to provide George Fox University doctoral students with the ability to conceptualize their practicum cases from an analytical framework. She leads a "designated psychoanalytic" clinical team at George Fox University's Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Thurston's hobbies include small-scale eco-farming. She is a member of the Home Orchard Society and she also greatly enjoys spending time with her family.