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Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

Associate 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, the importance of theology and the care of souls tradition for contemporary pastoral care and counseling, and the complex formative influences between politics, economics, psychology, theology, psychotherapy, intersectionality, and religious practices of care. He is presently exploring the impact of contemporary capitalism (neoliberalism) on assumptions and practices regarding mental health, human suffering, 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. He is the author of Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age (Palgrave, 2016). His work has also appeared in the Journal of Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Psychology, Sacred Spaces and Reflective Practice, and he is a contributor to the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. He teaches courses on death and dying, hope and despair, psychoanalytic theories of religion, contemporary psychotherapy and pastoral counseling, global capitalism and suffering, race and class, and the critical assessment of “masculinities.”

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 maintained a full-time clinical practice in pastoral psychotherapy from 1992 until 2010. 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 an appointment to the Divinity School faculty in 2010 after serving on an adjunct basis since the mid-1990s. Professor Rogers-Vaughn is ordained as a Baptist minister, but is an active member of Second Presbyterian Church.