Kim W. Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Kim W. Schaeffer, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Phone: (619) 849-2466


  • Post Doctoral Education, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Ph.D. Biological Psychology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • B.S. Psychology, Southern Nazarene University


Dr. Kim Schaeffer has served in PLNU's Department of Psychology since 1989 and served as department chair from 1996 to 2001. Prior to joining PLNU, Dr. Schaeffer completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. His specializations include research design/statistics, biological psychology, especially as it relates to how knowledge of brain function can help us understand human experience from a Christian perspective.  Dr. Schaeffer spends a good deal of his time mentoring students in research, especially in the area of positive psychology.

Dr. Schaeffer enjoys following local sports teams, including the Chargers and Padres.


PSY101 - Psychology of Personal Development
PSY103 - General Psychology
PSY315 - Positive Psychology
PSY321 - Abnormal Psychology
PSY341 - Group Counseling
PSY390 - Research Methods and Design I
PSY391 - Research Methods and Design II