Faculty Profile

David Simpson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs

Dickmeyer Hall, 206
(219) 464-6941
David.Simpson@valpo.edu


Biography

Dr. Simpson joined the faculty in 2005 and is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology and the current Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Indiana and has a strong interest in student development, counselor training, and supervision. Dr. Simpson’s primary research interest involves exploring the relationship between spiritual and religious variables and psychology. His research endeavors have focused on relational spirituality and have included examination of interpersonal relationships, gender issues, image of God, and personality development. Recently his scholarship has focused on measurement of faith maturity and student development and he has also been exploring dimensions within positive psychology.  Dr. Simpson received graduate training at the Psychological Studies Institute in the integration of Christian spirituality and counseling and has enjoyed working with clients struggling with relational issues (pre-marital, marital, personality disorders, etc) and spiritual concerns. He enjoys spending time with his wife Holly, daughters Lauren and Emma, and their dog Missy, as well as exploring the outdoors (running, climbing, backpacking, skiing, photography, etc.), "tinkerin" with his old Mustang, and watching OU football.

Education

B.A., Ph.D. - The University of Oklahoma 2005
M.S. - Georgia State University 
Graduate Diploma - Psychological Studies Institute