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Alan Tjeltveit, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

(B.A., St. Olaf College, M.A., Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)

I teach Psychotherapy and Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Introductory Psychology, History of Psychology, and Clinical Research.

I grew up in Red Lodge, Montana , a small town in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. I attended St. Olaf College, a small liberal arts college in Minnesota, where I double-majored in psychology and religion and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. I also studied in Egypt, India, Taiwan, and Japan. After spending a year working on a psychiatric unit, I moved to southern California to begin graduate school at a church-related university, Fuller Theological Seminary. 

I studied both clinical psychology and theology, earning an M.A. in the latter and a Ph.D. in the former. After completing a clinical psychology internship at the University of Minnesota, I worked as a psychotherapist on psychiatric units, engaged in a private practice, and taught part-time at the college and university levels. For several years, I maintained a small clinical practice in a United-Way funded, sliding scale family counseling center in Allentown. I began teaching at Muhlenberg in 1989. 

I am married to Maria. Our son, William David Tjeltveit, was born two days after graduation in 1998; our daughter, Anna Maria Tjeltveit, was born on Election Day, 2000 (no recount necessary!).


I like teaching psychology because people fascinate me. I find odd and unusual behavior particularly interesting and I like talking with students about it. Furthermore, I think it very important to help people. And so I think the practical applications of psychology — in psychotherapy, in education, and so forth — are very important.

I like teaching psychology at Muhlenberg because the students are interesting, bright hardworking, socially-skilled, and concerned about other people. I like teaching in a liberal arts college because the connections among disciplines fascinate me, and making those connections is what we are all about.

I regularly teach Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counseling, History of Psychology, and Clinical Research. I have also taught Philosophical Psychology, and often supervise Independent Student and Independent Research projects and serve as Faculty Advisor to students engaged in practicum experiences in the community.

Research Interests

Psychotherapy fascinates me and so I study it. I am a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association. My work with students addresses values, ethics, mental health, religion, spirituality, and psychotherapy. Some of my students and I have presented research we conducted together at national and international meetings of professional associations. Two students and I published an article exploring the relationships among mental health values (values relevant to good psychological functioning ) and religious beliefs.

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Selected Publications and Presentations

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