Joel T. Sagawa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Joel Sagawa is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 23683) who began at PLNU in 2016. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to joining PLNU, Sagawa worked in college mental health for nearly 10 years, proving psychological services at Azusa Pacific University and the University of Southern California. Most recently, he served as the clinical director of the Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center in addition to providing supervision to graduate students as an adjunct clinical professor at Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology. He and his wife have been married for 10 years and they have two wonderfully curious and active young boys. Sagawa’s areas of interest include college mental health, integrative psychotherapy, spiritual development, and Christian counseling.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • General Psychology – PSY 103
  • Abnormal Psychology – PSY 321
  • Group Counseling – PSY 341
  • Fieldwork in Psychology – PSY 270/PSY 470

Experience in Field

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2016 – present
  • Associate Director, University Counseling Center, Azusa Pacific University, 2015 – 2016
  • Director of Clinical Services, University Counseling Center, Azusa Pacific University, 2011 – 2015
  • Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Center, Azusa Pacific University, 2010 – 2011

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force Chair, Azusa Pacific University, 2015 – 2016
  • JED Foundation Task Force Member, Azusa Pacific University, 2014 – 2016
  • Title IX Subcommittee Member, Azusa Pacific University, 2015 – 2016
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force Member, Azusa Pacific University, 2012 – 2015

Awards and Honors

  • Research Fellowship, Center for Research on Child and Adolescent Development
  • John Allen Scholarship, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Boyd Shannon Scholarship, Point Loma Nazarene University

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Sagawa, J.T. (2011, March). Integrating Spirituality into Group Treatment for Religious College Students. Paper presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association 68th Annual Conference, New York, NY.
  • Sagawa, J.T. & Furrow, J.L. (2008, March). Understanding Future Orientation Among Male Delinquents: The Role of School Context. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescents Biennial Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Sagawa, J.T., DeWitt, B., Sando, L., Groenewal, P, & Rojas-Flores, L. (2006, May). Are Community-Based Violence Prevention Programs Familiar with Best Practices? Poster presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Sagawa, J.T. & Furrow, J.L. (2006, March). Looking Forward: Further Investigation into the Protective Role of Future Orientation. Poster to be presented at the Society for Research on Adolescents Biennial Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Sagawa, J. T. & Furrow, J.L. (2005, April). The Role of Future Orientation in Moderating the Influence of Risk on Violent Behavior. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Ragin, A., Sagawa, J.T., Thomas, J., Mcgovern, S., Chandy, S., & Rojas-Flores, L. (2004, May). Do Community-Based Youth Violence Prevention Programs Use ‘Best Practices’ Strategies? Poster presented at the Society for Prevention Research 12th Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Sagawa, J.T., Mcgovern, S., Ragin, A., & Rojas-Flores, L. (2004, May). What Intervention Strategies are Community-Based Violence Prevention Programs Using? Poster presented at the Society for Prevention Research 12th Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec.
  • Aoki, W., Cleveland, K., Sagawa, J. T., Klacksman, A., & Kuhnhausen, B. (2003, June). Psychology’s Contribution to the Discipleship of Youth. Seminar presented at the International Conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Anaheim, CA.
  • Sagawa, J.T., Oakes, K. L., & Strawn, B. (2000, April). Personality and the Imaging of Christ. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Sagawa, J.T., Oakes, K. L., & Holly, K. (2000, April). Predictors of Academic Success among College Freshman. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR.