David Simpson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and Psychology

Dickmeyer Hall 206


David Simpson joined the faculty of Valparaiso University in 2005. He is a licensed psychologist and a licensed clinical mental health counselor in the state of Indiana with a strong interest in student development, counselor training, and supervision. Professor Simpson’s primary research explores the relationship between spiritual and religious variables and psychology. Recently his research endeavors have focused on relational spiritual development, images of God, positive psychology, strengths, and career development. Professor Simpson received graduate training at the Psychological Studies Institute in the integration of Christian spirituality and counseling, and he particularly enjoys working with clients struggling with relational issues (pre-marital, marital, personality disorders, etc), anxiety-based performance challenges, and spiritual concerns. He enjoys spending time with his family and their dog, Missy, as well as exploring the outdoors (running, climbing, backpacking, skiing, photography, etc.), “tinkerin’” with his old Mustang, and watching Oklahoma Sooners football and gymnastics.


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

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David Simpson