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Bryce Sullivan


Bryce Sullivan, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Interim Chair of the Education Department at Belmont University. He was appointed Dean in June of 2008, following seven years as Chair of the Department of Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Dr. Sullivan received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Georgia State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. His publication record includes 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters, and 36 conference papers. Dr. Sullivan’s scholarly interests include higher education, clinical psychology, and ethics in psychology. His teaching interests include personality theory and clinical psychology. Most recently he taught one of Belmont’s First Year Seminar classes titled Christianity and the Life of the Mind. He is a licensed clinical psychologist (license granted in Illinois), but all of his professional activities are currently devoted to his role as Dean.

Dr. Sullivan presented the keynote address at the “Erase the Stigma” conference and his talk was on “Religion, Mental Health and Clinical Practice: Integrating Psychological Treatment with Clients’ Religious Beliefs and Practice.” He recently published an article with colleagues on “Women’s preference of therapist based on sex of therapist and presenting problem” in the Counselling Psychology Quarterly. His chapter on “Forensic Psychology” in Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice, and Culture is in its third edition (2013). 

Service is a big part of Dr. Sullivan’s life. He was a mental health volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was deployed to Baton Rouge where he served as a Mental Health Supervisor at a shelter with over 1,200 clients. He also oversaw his college’s response to help friends, colleagues, and others who were affected by the spring 2010 Nashville flood.

Most recently he taught a Belmont’s First Year Seminar classes titled "Christianity and the Life of the Mind" and an "Exercise and Stress Management" course.

He is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville.