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Doug Shirley Paul Hoard

Doug Shirley, EdD, and Paul Hoard, PhD, both serve as Core Faculty and teach at The Seattle School.

Doug Shirley grew up in the greater Philadelphia area. He received a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Messiah College, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, an MDiv from The Seattle School, and an EdD in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University. He works as a licensed mental health counselor and approved supervisor in the state of Washington.

Doug has taught at Temple University, and Argosy University, and The Seattle School. He was hired as Core Faculty at The Seattle School after completing his doctoral dissertation in 2016. His doctoral studies focused on masculinity and the emotional impact of shame.

Doug and his wife, Laura Wade Shirley, have three boys: Noah, Luke, and Eli. Doug describes his calling in life as “to be full and receptive.”

Dr. Paul Hoard is a licensed counselor who holds a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. He completed the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute and he specializes in working with adolescents with sexual behavior problems. A “third culture kid,” he was raised in Ankara, Turkey, and has provided mental health counseling and clinical supervision in the United States, Ukraine, and Turkey. His research and scholarly work primarily focus on the intersection of perpetration trauma, sexuality, white-body supremacy, and adolescent mental health.

Prior to joining the faculty at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Dr. Hoard taught at MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. He has also taught courses overseas at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Hoard is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

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