Kim W. Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kim Schaeffer has served in PLNU's Department of Psychology since 1989, as department chair from 1996 to 2001 and acting-chair during 2006. He completed his Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his Ph.D. equivalent in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Prior to joining PLNU, Schaeffer completed his clinical psychology internship at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN. His other clinical experiences include treating patients at the OSU Psychological Services Center and the OSU Marriage and Family Counseling Services. Schaeffer was also a mental health consultant at the Job Corps in Guthrie, OK. His specializations include research design/statistics and positive psychology, especially as it relates to Christian beliefs. Schaeffer has also been the founding and current director of the Psychology Department Tennis Tournament sponsored by Psi Chi, the longest running tennis tournament of any Psychology Department and probably any other academic department in the world. His wife, Michelle, is from Cleveland, and they spend much of their spare time following the sports teams of San Diego, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.

Education

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

Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Personal Development – PSY 101
  • General Psychology – PSY 103
  • Positive Psychology – PSY 315
  • Abnormal Psychology – PSY 321
  • Group Counseling – PSY 341
  • Research Methods and Design I – PSY 390
  • Research Methods and Design II – PSY 391

Experience in Field

  • Professor of Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1989 – present
  • Psychology Intern, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1988 – 1989
  • Mental Health Associate, Guthrie, OK Job Corps, 1987 – 1988
  • Counseling Associate, Oklahoma State University Marriage and Family Counseling Services, 1987 – 1988
  • Psychological Associate, Oklahoma State University Psychological Services Center, 1986 – 1988
  • Statistical Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1986 – 1988
  • Colin Munro Macleod Research Fellow, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1982 – 1986

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Western Psychological Association Council of Representatives, 2015 – present
  • A founder of the Ruth and Walter Schaeffer Endowed Scholarship at PLNU (especially for students who might have lost a parent), 2015
  • WASC Steering Committee, 2014 – present
  • Assessment Coordinator, Psychology Department, 2012 – present
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Committee, 2013 – 2016
  • A founder of the Sara Beideman Memorial Scholarship (to benefit first-generation college students), 2012
  • Volunteer, NFL's Crucial Catch Initiative to Promote Breast Cancer Screening, 2010 – present
  • Social Ethos Committee, 2010 – 2013
  • Founding Commissioner, Loma Football League, 2008 – present
  • Survivor Village Volunteer, Susan G. Komen 5k Run, 2007 – 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Colin Munro MacLeod Fellow, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 1982 – 1986
  • Magna Cum Laude, Southern Nazarene University, 1981

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Rabatin, M., Valentin, E., Bitter, A., Schaeffer, K. W., & Butterfield, M. E. (2016, April). Perceptions of leadership and experience predict investor confidence in female CEOs. Poster session presented at the 96th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • Richardson, K. L., Jazdzewski, R. M., Sirianni, L. L., & Schaeffer, K. W. (2015, April). When basic needs are a bummer: When focusing on hassles affects your life. Poster session presented at the 95th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Meza, R., Cheney, D., O'Brien, K., Scherer, J., Owen, C., & Schaeffer, K. W. (2014, April). The effects of facial and body expressions on approachability. Poster presented at the 94th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.
  • Meza, R., Cheney, D., O'Brien, K., Scherer, J., Owen, C., & Schaeffer, K.W. (2014, May 06). Facial and body expressions on approachability. Retrieved from http://www.PsychFileDrawer.org/replication.php?attempt=MTg5
  • Collier, B., Hubbard, M., Owen, C., & Schaeffer, K. W. (2013, April). The effects of flow on positive affect in college students. Poster presented at the 93rd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA
  • Owen, C. E., Corrado, S. L., & Schaeffer, K. W. (2012, April). The effects of attachment on the likelihood of forgiveness. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
  • Tychsen, Z., Cambridge, F., & Schaeffer, K.W. (April, 2011). Psychological Well-Being in Female and Male Freshmen. Poster presented at the 91st Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Richardson, K., Tychsen, Z., Blauer, C., & Schaeffer, K.W. (April, 2010). The Intrapersonal Emotions of Shame and Guilt. Poster presented at the 80th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Denver, CO.
  • Penner, J., Backiel, S., Baucum, L., & Schaeffer, K.W. (April, 2010). Personal Growth in College Freshmen and Seniors. Poster presented at the 80th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Denver, CO.
  • Johnsen, J., Peterson, C., Cambridge, F., & Schaeffer, K.W. (April, 2010). Do Students Become More Forgiving While Attending a Christian College? Poster presented at the 80th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Denver, CO.