G. Michael Leffel, Ph.D.

G. Michael Leffel, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Phone: 619.849.2278


  • Ph.D. Personality and Social Ecology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • M.A. Personality/Clinical Psychology, California State University Long Beach
  • B.A. Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University


Dr. Leffel has been teaching at PLNU since 1992. Prior to joining the Psychology Department, he was a psychotherapist in private practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Leffel's specializations include personality psychopathology, psychoanalytic psychology and psychotherapy, and the integration of psychoanalytic developmental theory and spiritual formation. As a PLNU Wesleyan Center Scholar and Fellow, Dr. Leffel is currently working on several books in the area of moral development and Christian spirituality. 


PSY300 - Personality and Adult Development
PSY400 - History and Contemporary Issues in Psychology
PSY420 - Pursing Goodness: The Science of Moral Change (Senior Capstone)