Dr. Janet B. Dean

Professor of Pastoral Counseling Education

Dr. Dean is an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has worked as an Affiliate Faculty Member at Asbury Seminary since 2002 and Professor of Psychology at Asbury University from 2008-2022. She currently serves as Associate Pastor of Pastoral Counseling at Lafayette Church of the Nazarene in Lexington.

Dr. Dean has published widely. Her recent publications include multiple articles and the book, Listening to Sexual Minorities: A Study of Faith and Sexual Identity on Christian College Campuses that she co-authored with Dr. Mark Yarhouse, Dr. Steve Stratton, and Dr. Michael Lastoria. As a Fellow with the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute through Wheaton College, her primary research explores sexuality and gender identity development on faith-based campuses. Other research interests include sexuality and religiosity, thoughts of God and psychological well-being, mental health, and counselor self-care.

With more than 20 years of experience in psychological assessment and treatment, Dr. Dean has worked across a variety of settings, including university counseling, community mental health, correctional and forensic psychology, and her ongoing private practice. Dr. Dean is actively involved with numerous professional organizations, including the Kentucky Counseling Association, the Kentucky Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and its Division 36 Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. In addition to serving her denomination, she is on the board of two ministries, EQUIP and the Dayton Community Impact Center. 

Due to both her research and clinical work, Dr. Dean is a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to sexual/gender identity, mental health, discipleship, and faith, speaking in local churches, professional conferences, retreats, universities, and other venues. Her more recent work includes webinars, small groups, and an upcoming video series to equip church leaders to better care for their people.


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