AreaReligion, Psychology, and Culture
B.A., Samford University (1978)
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1982)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1991)
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling
Bruce Rogers-Vaughn’s research interests include psychodynamic theory and clinical practice, psychoanalytic theories of religion, grief studies, addiction, the importance of theology and the care of souls tradition for contemporary pastoral care and counseling, and the complex formative influences between politics, economics, psychological theory, theology, psychotherapy, and religious practices of care. He is presently exploring the impact of late capitalism (neoliberalism) on assumptions and practices regarding mental health, human relationships, the self, spirituality, and the meaning and purpose of care. Having grown up in southern Appalachia in agrarian and working class communities, he is also concerned about what he sees as the relative lack of awareness of class and inequality in academic theology and psychology. His work has been published in the Journal of Pastoral Theology and Reflective Practice, and he is a contributor to the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. He serves on the editorial board of Sacred Spaces, the e-journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. His current projects address the significance of theology for pastoral counseling, global neoliberalism as a primary source of human distress, and the exploration of depression as a contemporary form of political protest. He teaches courses on death and dying, hope and despair, psychoanalytic theories of religion, contemporary psychotherapy and pastoral counseling, and men’s studies.
Professor Rogers-Vaughn is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, holds a license in clinical pastoral therapy in the state of Tennessee, and is certified as a sexual addiction therapist (CSAT) by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He has maintained a full-time clinical practice in pastoral psychotherapy since 1992. Prior to 1992 he was a chaplain at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville for six years and also formerly served as a chaplain at Alive-Hospice of Nashville. In 2007 he co-founded a non-profit agency, The Pastoral Center for Healing, where he continues to sustain a robust pastoral counseling practice in addition to his teaching responsibilities. He accepted a teaching appointment at the Divinity School in 2010 after serving on an adjunct basis since 1998. Professor Rogers-Vaughn is ordained as a Baptist minister, but is an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he attends with his spouse and three children.