Christienne Dyslin, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor
  708-235-2135 ext. 2135
  Office Location: G393
  Office Hours: Contact Professor
  College: COE

Division of Psyc and Counseling



I’ve been teaching in higher education for over fifteen years, and here at GSU since 2006, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students here. As I am a first-generation college graduate and a former community college student, I feel a very real connection to many of the students that we serve here. I am very passionate about teaching, and I particularly enjoy helping students explore the range of fascinating topics that are in the domain of psychology and discover their own passion for this field. I have been very privileged to participate extensively in the training of psychotherapists in the clinical sequence of our Master of Arts in Psychology program, and it is truly heartwarming to know that I’ve been able to play some role in the development of compassionate and skilled therapists who are now helping those who suffer.

I was educated in a doctoral program that follows the scientist-practitioner model of clinical psychology and, after completing my one-year doctoral internship at the Hines VA Hospital, I went on to do a two-year post-doctoral fellowship which incorporated specialized training in treating anxiety disorders and research experience serving as a project director on two grant-funded studies in the areas of sexual assault and family violence. Although I identify as a clinician, and I have been licensed to practice as a clinical psychologist since 1999, I have been fascinated with social-science research since graduate school. My research has generally focused on the interface of religious beliefs and human behavior, and I have examined this relationship through a range of aspects, including child physical abuse potential, substance abuse, and most recently, LGBTQ identity and faith development.

Here at GSU, I served as the Program Coordinator for the MA Psychology Program from 2012 until 2018, as the Clinical Training Coordinator for that program from 2008 until 2012, and I’ve chaired and served on many of our graduate students’ clinical-case portfolio and master’s thesis committees. I’ve also provided service to the university on numerous hiring-search committees, the Faculty Development Advisory Committee, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Steering Committee, the GSU SafeZone Program, and our Division Personnel Committee. In terms of service to the academic community beyond our campus, I have served as an ad-hoc reviewer for two professional journals in my field of research and as a volunteer consultant to the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA. I have been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1999, and I’m affiliated with APA Division 36 – The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, and Division 44 - The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.


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