Dr. Karen Gustafson, Ph.D.

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Courses: General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Psychology of Spiritual Development; Personality Theories; Counseling for Church Leaders; Psychology of Addictions

Education: B.A. in psychology: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater; M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL; Ph.D. in Psychology, Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A class with Dr. Karen Gustafson is a continuous review of themes through a biblical Christian lens. Her in-class learning environment is highly interactive and challenges students to learn through dedication, depth and perseverance. Students who complete Dr. Gustafson’s courses are prepared to enter a graduate program in psychology or a professional position that requires significant interaction with people. Dr. Gustafson states, “Crown College provides a unique and wonderful opportunity for young adults to grow in every area of life - relationally, spiritually and academically and with a Christian worldview looking outward with purpose toward the needs of the world. “

Dr. Gustafson is a licensed worker with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, where she spent 18 years in Argentina, and is a member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. From youth she learned to know God’s love through the love her parents had for the Lord and for her. She cherishes the interaction with her students and loves being able to integrate biblical and spiritual themes into her psychology courses.

Published works by Dr. Gustafson include ten books (authored or co-authored in Spanish) in the field of Christian Education.

Life verse:
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
- Philippians 3:7-11