John T. Wu, Ed.D.

Professor of Psychology

Dr. John Wu has taught at PLNU since 2001 in the developmental and clinical areas of psychology. His research interests center on improving relational satisfaction and stability. Prior to joining PLNU, Wu worked for over a decade in university counseling centers, providing counseling to undergraduate and graduate students at UCSD and Northeastern University. He received his master's and doctorate degrees in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University. He has served in church youth ministry with junior high and college students, and as a licensed psychologist, he maintains a private practice (Celebration Counseling), which focuses on adults and couples. He and his wife have been married over 25 years, and they have two sons who introduced him to the yoyo.

Education

  • Ed.D., Counseling and Consulting Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.M., Counseling and Consulting Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.S., Information and Computer Science, University of California Irvine
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California Irvine

Courses Taught

  • Developmental Psychology (Birth through Adolescence) – PSY 308
  • Family Development and Family Therapies – PSY 380
  • Intimate Couples Marriage Course – PSY 349
  • Abnormal Psychology – PSY 321
  • Clinical and Community Interventions (Intro to Counseling) – PSY 325
  • Group Counseling – PSY 341
  • Group Dynamics – PSY 345
  • Individual Research – PSY499

Experience in Field

  • Professor of Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2001 – present
  • Senior Psychologist, Celebration Counseling, 2001 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Mesa College, 1996 – 2001
  • Counseling Psychologist II, University of California, San Diego, 1994 – 2001
  • Staff Psychologist, Northeastern University, 1991 – 1994

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chair, Psychology Department, 2011 – 2015
  • Rank and Tenure Committee, 2012 – 2016, chair, 2014 – 2015
  • Actively involved in PLNU tenure system reorganization, 2014 – 2015
  • WASC Advisory Committee, 2010 – 2012
  • Faculty Council, 2009 – 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Magna Cum Laude, University of California, Irvine, 1987

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Wu, J., Oakes Mueller, K. L., Neumayer, C., & Becker, L. F. (2016). Associations Between Divorce Occurrences, Sexual Timing, Cohabitation, and Religiosity. Presented at the 96th Western Psychological Association Conference. Long Beach, CA.
  • Becker, L. F., Neumayer, C. V., Oakes Mueller, K. L., & Wu, J. (2016). Marital Satisfaction in Relation to Early Childhood Experiences and Current Attachment. . Presented at the 96th Western Psychological Association Conference. Long Beach, CA.
  • Carey, T.C., Herrera, G., Wu, J.T., & Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2015). The Relationship Between Marriage Satisfaction, Partner Attachment, and Brain Inventories. Presented at the 95th Western Psychological Association Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Herrera, G., Carey, T.C., Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2015). The Relationship Between Cohabitation, Avoidant Attachment, Childhood Trauma, and Divorce. . Presented at the 95th Western Psychological Association Conference. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Pendakur, R., Tibbs, J.,Von Striver, L.T., Wu, J.T., Oakes Mueller, K., & Owen, C.(2014). Associations Between Childhood Attachment and Brain System Inventories. Presented at the 94th Western Psychological Association Conference. Portland, OR.
  • Tibbs, J.,Pendakur, R., Von Striver, L.T., Wu, J.T., Oakes Mueller, K., & Owen, C.(2014). Associations Between Physical and Emotional Neglect and Brain System Inventories. Presented at the 94th Western Psychological Association Conference. Portland, OR.
  • Munoz, M.M., Furtado, T.P., Vaillancourt, A.A., Wu, J.T., & Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2013). The Effects of Early Trauma Clusters on Marriage Satisfaction. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Reno, NV.
  • Vaillancourt, A.A., Furtado, T.P., Munoz, M.M., Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2013). The Effects of Brain Region Functioning on Marriage Satisfaction. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Reno, NV.
  • Vaillancourt, A.A., Nelson, V., Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2012 April). Communication and Help Seeking Preferences Across Three Asian American Populations. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association 2012 Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nelson, V., Vaillancourt, A.A., Wu, J.T., & Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2012 April). Premarital and Marital Behaviors Across Three Asian American Populations. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association 2012 Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.