Daniel L. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, MACC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY #10627

Dr. Daniel "Dan" Jenkins is the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program. He has been with PLNU for over 13 years, teaching at the undergraduate level prior to developing a graduate program to help grow and train future clinicians. His passion for mental health is evidenced by his extensive experience in the field, ranging from teaching at universities, facilitating faith-based groups, and meeting with a range of clients in private practice. Within the program, Dr. Jenkins is known by his colleagues for his humor and work ethic, and among the student body, he is well-loved for his compassionate heart and wealth of knowledge which flow in every interaction. In his free time, Dr. Jenkins enjoys spending time with his family and engaging in exciting adventures such as scaling Mount Whitney, hiking the John Muir Trail, and participating in the Spartan Race as well as keeping connected with the undergraduate Psychology Department's semesterly Tennis Tournament.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1986
  • B.A., Psychology, Pacific Christian College, 1982
  • A.A., General Education, Grossmont Community College, 1979

Courses Taught


PSY611 Professional Ethics and Law

PSY608 Lifespan Development

PSY645 Group Counseling

Experience in Field

Faculty and Teaching Experience

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Professor of Psychology, 2004-Present
  • Bethel Seminary, Associate Professor, 1997-2004
  • Christian Heritage College, MFT Adjunct Faculty, 1992-2002
  • Pacific Christian College, Associate Professor, 1985-1998

Clinical Experience

  • Lighthouse Psychological Services, Inc., Director, Clinical Psychologist, 2000-Present
  • New Life Ministries, Sexual Addictions Group Therapist, 2003-Present
  • Bethel Seminary, Addictions Group Therapist, 1997-2004
  • New Life Clinic, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 1992-2000

Professional and Community Involvement


  • National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology
  • California Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

Dissertation: The Effects of Verbal and Nonverbal Relaxation Techniques on Psychophysiological Levels of Arousal, 1986

Presentations & Workshops

  • Marital Enrichment
  • Affair-Proof Your Marriage
  • Sexual Addiction: An Addiction Really?
  • Developing Healthy Boundaries
  • Healing for the Broken Hearted
  • Communication Skills Development
  • Letting Go of Control
  • How to Handle Financial Stress
  • Problems Associated with Anxiety
  • What To Do When You Are Down in the Dumps
  • Finding and Giving Forgiveness