Nancy S. Thurston
Professor of Psychology
Nancy Thurston, Psy.D., ABPP/CL is a graduate of Hope College. She received her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University. She is a professor in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology at George Fox University. She served on the faculty at Fuller Seminary's Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology for nine years prior to joining the George Fox University faculty. She is a board certified psychologist who is licensed in California and Oregon, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She is a member of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the the American Psychological Association, where she served on the Executive Committee from 1990-2001.
Dr. Thurston is currently completing her final year of training to be a certified psychoanalyst at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology. Her research interests include outcome studies on psychoanalytic therapy as well as on clergy assessments. She has also done research to create a projective assessment tool of shame dynamics (the Thurston-Cradock Test of Shame) (Thurston, 2010). The the past 25 years, Dr. Thurston's practice has included psychological assessment for candidates for ordained ministry. More recently, she has also become the psychological consultant to George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She also provides psychoanalytic therapy to her patients, with a specialty of therapeutic work with pastors.