Mental Illness and the Church

Matt Stanford, Ph.D.

Matt Stanford, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew S. Stanford, professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor, researches the biological basis of impulsive and aggressive behavior. His interests also include the clinical usefulness of event-related potentials in the diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological disorders. He has conducted psychophysiological research in a variety of patient populations, including those with aggression, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke and traumatic brain injury. He also has studied whether or not seminaries prepare future pastors in dealing with mental illness. Partnered with Dr. Diana Garland, dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor, this project involved study of a church census of some 6,000 people. The expectation was that clergy are uneasy dealing with the mentally ill, despite the fact that one in four people have some form of mental illness. Stanford also is researching sexual addiction among men in faith communities and how that affects them and their families. This is based on a study of some 10,000 individuals.

A Baylor graduate, Stanford received his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1988, his master's degree in experimental psychology in 1990 and his doctoral degree in neuroscience in 1992. After graduated from Baylor, he completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

To interview Stanford, contact Terry Goodrich, 254-710-3321, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.