Brad Strawn on Psychology and Public Life

+ Brad Strawn, Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology, talks about mental health, psychological stress, self-differentiation, and emotional regulation in the context of a divisive political climate.

Originally published

October 26, 2020

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