Mark Yarhouse is a professor of psychology at Regent University. He received his BA in Philosophy and Art from Calvin College, along with a minor in Psychology. Yarhouse knew at that time that he wanted to complete graduate studies in psychology, so he minored in that area, but he also wanted to mark his interest in art by completing a degree in that field. His primary medium was lithography, followed by watercolour painting, and pen and ink drawing. He also completed a philosophy degree because he wanted to learn how to think rigorously about topics from a Christian perspective.
Following graduation, Yarhouse worked for a year at a youth home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his wife and him enjoyed their first year of marriage together. They then moved to Wheaton, Illinois, where he completed his PsyD in Clinical Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology, and MA in Theological Studies. He had the opportunity to be mentored by Stanton Jones, who was at that time the programme director and is now the provost at Wheaton. His scholarship included work on integration of psychology and theology and the topic of homosexuality.
When he graduated from Wheaton in 1998 he moved to Virginia Beach and began working in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at Regent. He continued writing about integration and also about homosexuality. Since that time he launched the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI).
You can learn more about ISSI at www.sexualidentityinstitute.org and follow his work with his colleagues at www.facebook.com/ISSI.Site. There are now approximately 10 to 12 students in the doctoral programme who actively participate in ISSI. They work together in three major areas: research, training, and clinical services. The research they conduct is on sexual identity, how it develops and synthesises over time, and the attributions people make in response to their same-sex sexuality. Trainings are conducted monthly for students in ISSI. Clinical services include individual, couple, family and group therapy for people who are navigating these issues.
He currently teaches the following doctoral courses: Applied/Clinical Integration, Ethics, Integration Capstone, and Human Sexuality. I have also taught courses in Psychopathology, Family Therapy, Geropsychology and Christian Healing. His philosophy of teaching involves seeing whatever subject matter we study “through the eyes of faith.” He tends to be student-orientated, focusing on engaging students through the subject matter and its application to their professional identity and ways in which God may be at work in their lives. He also tries to call students to be good stewards of the many resources they have been given, to teach them to be advocates for those who are marginalised, and to see what they do in the context of God’s redemptive plan.
Credits to Regent University
Published: 24 March 2014
Last update: 27 February 2015