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Dr. Emily Oliver promoted to Assistant Professor

Richmont is pleased to announce that faculty instructor Emily Oliver has been promoted to Assistant Professor upon the conferral of her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. The title of her dissertation is, “Nothing Like We Expected”: Examining the Relationship between Purity Culture and Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction in Adulthood.

Dr. Oliver is an alumna of Richmont, where she earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and specialized in Christian Sex Therapy, and Child and Adolescent Counseling. Dr. Oliver is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. As Coordinator of Richmont’s Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate, Dr. Oliver teaches many of Richmont’s MFT courses using her wealth of experience in the field.

“I am thrilled to be able to continue my time at Richmont, now as an Assistant Professor. I am grateful to join the ranks among other professors who have been an incredible support to me over the past year while writing my dissertation and finishing my PhD. I am excited to continue walking alongside our students as they become counselors and therapists who care so deeply about the wellbeing of others,” comments Dr. Oliver.

Dr. Cara Cochran, Dean of the School of Counseling states, “Having Emily Oliver as faculty at Richmont is a joy. She is talented as a clinician, and as a professor. She truly invests in our students, and in the Richmont community. I am especially thankful to have another former student as a colleague. We look forward to her continued contributions to our university.”

President Timothy Quinnan interviewed on Moody Radio

Richmont President Dr. Timothy Quinnan was recently interviewed on Moody Radio to share about the history and hallmarks of the University.

In the interview, Dr. Quinnan explains the significance of integrating academics, scripture, and your Christian faith when it comes to the practical application of counseling. He also discusses the rich history of Richmont Graduate University which has its roots in Chattanooga, TN.

“A hallmark of the Richmont experience is integration. We are preparing students in a way that is multidimensional…there’s no point in your journey with us that is not reinforced with biblical truth and psychological theory and practice,” Dr. Quinnan comments to hosts, Tom and Tabi.

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Richmont Earns Prestigious John Templeton Foundation Grant for Groundbreaking Research

Richmont Graduate University has been awarded a $372,281 grant from The John Templeton Foundation to fund pioneering research in human meaning-making and flourishing. The grant is part of Templeton’s new “Spiritual Yearning Research Initiative” which is committed to exploring the spiritual desires and flourishing of the nonreligious. This highly competitive grant, which recognizes outstanding innovation, will provide our own Dr. Preston Hill, Assistant Professor and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, with vital resources to advance the University’s cutting-edge work.

As Dr. Hill notes, “I am completely gratified and enthusiastic about the successful outcome of this grant proposal. With this prestigious award, Richmont enters an elite group of grantees funded by the world’s leading foundation for research in fields such as theology and psychological science.”

“My grant project entitled ‘The Spiritual First Responders Project’ explores how ancient spiritual practices from diverse theological traditions that can help those ‘deconstructing’ their faith feel less spiritually homeless and access mental health care that promotes well-being and spiritual meaning-making. Building off prior work from my Richmont colleagues, this grant will fuse evidence-based clinical mental health interventions with spiritual practice for an urgent public health need. I can think of no better project to capture the heart of Richmont’s legacy and commitment to faith and mental health for healing and transformation.”

President Timothy Quinnan adds: “A grant from the John Templeton Foundation is the absolute gold standard of recognition for frontier-pushing research in higher education. It sends a clear, powerful signal that Richmont has become a force for new knowledge generation.”

The grant provides research funding for a two-year period, starting in 2024 and lasting through 2025.

As a leading institution committed to fostering groundbreaking research, Richmont is thrilled and recognizes the significance of this grant in further strengthening its position as a hub for cutting-edge research and transformative practical application.

Mayra Richards ’16 featured in the Leaders of Cobb section of Cobb In Focus magazine

Richmont is always proud of the difference our graduates make in the world. Alumna (and new Alumni Council member) Mayra Richards ’16 is featured in the Leaders of Cobb section of the current issue of Cobb In Focus magazine. Keep having an impact out there, Richmont folks!

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Dr. Jama White Announces Retirement. Dr. Stephanie Keane Named as Assistant Director of Clinical Training for Chattanooga

Dr. Jama White, who has served at the helm of the clinical training program at the Chattanooga campus has announced her retirement after 19 years. Dr. White was recently honored by the faculty of the School of Counseling with the rank of Professor Emerita for her faithful service to the university. Dr. White states, “Richmont has been a wonderful corner of God’s kingdom to serve in.  It has been a privilege to be a part of the quality training and supportive community that are Richmont’s hallmarks.  I hope to remain involved with students in this special mission in the days ahead.”

“Dr. Jama White has made an indelible mark on the lives of an entire generation of counselors on the Chattanooga campus.  Her quiet leadership has built a clinical training program that demonstrates excellence, and we are incredibly grateful for her investment in students,” noted Dr. Cara Cochran, Dean of the School of Counseling.

With Dr. White’s retirement, Dr. Stephanie Keane has been appointed as the Assistant Director of Clinical Training for the Chattanooga campus.  “Clinical training is a vital and pivotal part of becoming a strong clinician. I am excited to have the opportunity to work more directly with interns in cultivating their counseling skills and helping them to navigate their internship experience as the Assistant Director of Clinical Training at Richmont’s Chattanooga campus,” remarked Dr. Keane.  “Dr Keane came to Richmont with a passion for clinical training, and we look forward to her leadership, along with the other members of the Clinical Training Department at Richmont,” states Dr. Cochran.

A celebration honoring Dr. White will be announced in the coming weeks.

Richmont Doctoral Student Presents at TedX Event

Dr. Sam Youngs Publishes in The Journal of Disability and Religion

In this new article, Dr. Youngs explores the implications of atonement for the psychiatric disabilities of anxiety and scrupulosity. Christianity can and has bred deeply felt anxieties—how do our ideas about forgiveness, atonement, and the grace of God relate to this sort of wounding? Moreover, how can Christian ideas in this space help to heal these wounds? In dialogue with the vibrant thought of Martin Luther, Dr. Youngs suggests a vision for “therapeutic atonement” that may be helpful to those suffering with religiously-related anxiety.

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Dr. Brian Mesimer Presents to the Conference on Medicine and Religion at The Ohio State University

Dr. Jenny Chien named Assistant Director of Clinical Training for Richmont’s online campus

Dr. Jenny Chien, Associate Professor of Counseling, has been named as Assistant Director of Clinical Training for Richmont’s online campus.

Dr. Stan Hoover, Director of Richmont’s Online Modality, and Assistant Dean of the School of Counseling stated, “Clinical training for our online campus is in good hands with Dr. Chien. She is an excellent counselor educator whose genuine care for students and thoughtful attention to all the details of their internship experience make her an ideal fit for this role.”

Dr. Chien, who holds a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University in Counselor Education, remarked, “Clinical training is an integral part of growing in skill and competence as a counselor. I am thrilled to partner with the Clinical Training Team as the Assistant Director of Clinical Training for Richmont’s online modality to enhance the development of our online students. I look forward to supporting Richmont students in site placement, engaging with our partnering site supervisors, and working to bring innovation to clinical training.”

Richmont’s online modality has experienced remarkable growth in the last two years and anticipates even greater growth in the near future. Having someone of Dr. Chien’s caliber in this role is crucial for engaging students across the country in robust, quality clinical training experiences that meet Richmont’s high standards for students.

Richmont establishes collaborative partnership with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa

Richmont Graduate University has partnered with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa (JISA) to afford 9 free credits into Richmont’s Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership through its Ignatian Spirituality course specialization.

Russell Pollitt, SJ, Director of JISA, comments:

“The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola are a gift that transcends far beyond any denomination. We are delighted to share in this international partnership – between the Jesuit Institute South Africa, The Martin Institute, Richmont Graduate University and Conversatio. Our commitment to working together testifies to the fact that the Spiritual Exercises belong to the whole people of God – in the broadest sense. They have the potential – when guided well – to change lives. Our partnership enables us to help others realize this potential. As Christ followers today, we can now offer a life-changing and re-orientating experience to people across the globe. We are blessed to share in this ministry and assist others to offer our world, God’s people, this timeless and priceless spiritual gift. We appreciate our relationship and those who have made it possible very much”.

Sam Youngs, Ph.D. adds:

“There is a deep alignment between Ignatian Spirituality and the ethos of Richmont, as both leverage classical resources to equip disciples in both spiritual direction and formation. This exciting partnership further empowers these mutual strengths!”

Russell Pollitt, SJ, Director of JISA

Sam Youngs, Ph.D.   Adjunct Professor, Richmont Graduate University