Todd W. Hall (Ph.D., Rosemead School of Psychology) is Professor of Psychology and Editor of the Journal of Psychology and Theology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University where he has served for the past fifteen years. Dr. Hall teaches graduate courses in the areas of the integration of psychology and theology and attachment-based psychoanalytic therapy. His scholarship focuses on relational approaches to spiritual development, psychotherapy, and leadership. Dr. Hall was the recipient of the Margaret Gorman Early Career Award by the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association in 2001, and the Narramore Award for Excellence in Integration by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies in 2011. Dr. Hall recently co-authored (with Dr. John Coe) Psychology in the Spirit: Contours of a Transformational Psychology (2010), part of IVP’s Christian Worldview Integration series. He also co-authored a chapter in Christianity and Psychology: Five Views (IVP, 2011). Dr. Hall developed the Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI), a spiritual assessment tool used by Christian colleges and secondary schools around the country. Dr. Hall maintains a small clinical practice in which he specializes in attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults.
I plan to work on a book in process, The Relational Revolution (IVP Academic), that presents an interdisciplinary, relational model for spiritual development. The organizing theme of the book is a relational view of the imago Dei, which has three integral psychological-theological-spiritual organizing principles: 1) the relational nature of the Trinitarian God and of humans made in God’s image; 2) relational process as the means of sanctification; and 3) the relational telos of sanctification—the result of being renewed in the image of Christ—as loving presence. The core of the book presents a relational spirituality model that synthesizes theory and research on relationality from numerous disciplines, including Trinitarian theology, spiritual theology, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, relational psychoanalysis, and infant research. This model is comprised of five “big ideas” about how people change, heal and grow through relationships.