ThM., PhD., Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders, Editor for Journal of Psychology and Theology, Associate Professor of Psychology Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr David Wang

Dr. David Wang is the Cliff and Joyce Penner Chair of the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders at Fuller Theological Seminary. Under this role, his academic and applied work focuses on the holistic formation of Christian leaders, inclusive of the formation of emotional health and resilience alongside the leader’s intellectual and spiritual formation. Dr. Wang is a licensed clinical psychologist (, pastor, editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and serves on the advisory board for the Caring for Clergy Field Guide (, Joya Scholars (, Speak Your Truth Today (, and the Mosaic Center for Spiritual Formation ( He oversees the Seminary Formation Assessment Project (, a program of research funded by the John Templeton Foundation conducting longitudinal empirical research on the human and spiritual formation of students enrolled in 18 North American Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic seminaries. He is also co-principle investigator of the Trauma-Resilient Church Collective Program, a 5-year project funded by the Lilly Endowment mobilizing diverse local congregations to address both individual and systematic factors as they meet the spiritual and mental health needs of trauma survivors. He has also contributed to and/or appeared on several media platforms and podcasts, including Christianity Today, Psychology Today, Dawn and Steve in the Morning (Moody Radio), the Backstage Podcast of the Billy Graham Center (Wheaton College), and Faith & Leadership (Duke Divinity).

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