David Elkins – Long Bio

A NONMEDICAL MODEL OF EMOTIONAL HEALING

David N. Elkins, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University where he taught for 30 years. Dr. Elkins has worked in hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has served twice as president of Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology of APA. In line with contemporary science, Dr. Elkins’s primary area of interest is in helping to change the paradigm of emotional healing from the traditional medical model to a model based on human connection and social interaction. His most recent book is titled The Human Elements of Psychotherapy: A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing (APA, 2015). Recently retired, Dr. Elkins now lives in Carefree, Arizona, with Sara, his wife, and their little Yorkie dog named “Peanuts.”