AreaReligion, Psychology and Culture
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2000.
Certificates in Pastoral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Group Psychotherapy, Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, 2001.
MTh Clinical Pastoral Care (cum laude), Stellenbosch University Seminary School, 1993.
BTh, Stellenbosch University Seminary School, 1991.
BA (Theology and Psychology), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 1988.
Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture
Director of the Program in Theology and Practice
On leave Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Jaco J. Hamman’s research interests include psychology of religion, psychodynamic theory, play studies, and the relationship between technology and theological anthropology. He has published three books: When Steeples Cry: Leading congregations through loss and change (Pilgrim Press, 2005), Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry (Pilgrim Press 2007), and A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace (Pilgrim Press, 2011).
A native of South Africa, he has completed his studies in South Africa, at Princeton Theological Seminary, and at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute (New York City). Hamman has lectured widely in North America, Southern Africa, Bangladesh, Australia, and New Zealand. Professor Hamman is an Section Editor (pastoral Counseling) for The Encyclopedia of Psychology of Religion (Springer Reference) and on the Editorial Board of Sacred Spaces, e-journal of The American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Ordained in the Reformed Church in America, he was Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI) for eleven years prior to joining Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2012.
In his work with the Program in Theology and Practice, Hamman coordinates the training of a generation of professors who are outstanding teachers of people preparing for ministry and groundbreaking scholars in practical theology. The program brings select graduate students together with scholars from many disciplines and ministers of many kinds for critical, theological reflection on the lived religion of people and institutions.