Rosemead School of Psychology was independently founded in 1968 to train clinical psychologists from a Christian perspective. In 1977, Rosemead merged with Biola University moving its Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology onto Biola’s La Mirada campus. Both academic programs were accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1980 and have received continuous accreditation, including the most recent in 2019 for a full ten years.
In 2000, Rosemead founded the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality (IRPS) to promote research on the interrelationships between psychology, theology and spirituality. The Rosemead School of Psychology mission is to produce graduates who can integrate the science and practice of psychology with Christian theology, and who are prepared to meet the psychological needs of the world in general and the Christian community specifically through professional service and scholarship.
Rosemead School of Psychology is one of nine schools that make up Biola University. Rosemead has a large undergraduate psychology major, two APA-accredited doctoral programs, the IRPS, the Biola Counseling Center (BCC), and it publishes the Journal of Psychology and Theology. The university has approximately 4,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students in a variety of programs. The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for Christ. Biola’s objective is that every student learns Christ-like character and intellectual, technical and relational skills to serve as leaders, role models and competent professionals who are empowered to think and practice from a Christian worldview in their fields of service.