Dr. Nicole Saylor

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
B.A. in Psychology (University of Tennessee)
M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Wheaton College)
Psy.D. in Psychology (Wheaton College)

Books: A chapter in “Counseling Techniques: A Comprehensive Resource for Christian Counselors

Articles:Supporting Families in Special Needs Adoption” in CFLE Network: National Council on Family Relations

Certified Family Life Educator (National Council on Family Relations)

Certified as a Building Strong Brains Facilitator for the state of Tennessee

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The “Uncommon Community” of JU. After graduate school, I longed for a place to integrate Christian faith, theology, and psychology. None of the other positions I held or places I worked quite offered the same academic inquiry along with supportive community seeking to serve Christ.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Spend time with my family. I have three kiddos, and they’re weird, crazy, and fun. My husband and I love to take them travelling, on adventures, camping, or just exploring at home.

In my classes, students can expect: High expectations, but high warmth! I want to challenge my students, but I feel that happens best in the context of relationship.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Learn all that you can, and work on yourself and your experience with your faith. Get counseling, grow, and learn, be fearless in your examination of who you are and why you are!

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Less fearful, more open to questions, and more loving to their neighbor.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Psychology is NOT anti-religion or anti-faith or anti-Christian.

A quote that influences how I live is: “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid.” – Frederick Buechner