FACULTY

The faculty members of the IWU Division of Behavioral Sciences are all professionals in their own areas; most practice their disciplines off campus a limited amount of time along with their teaching responsibilities. This allows them to stay current in their fields and in touch with the world they seek to serve. Some faculty members do private counseling; some are school counselors, social workers and researchers; and many are leaders in community "helping-relationship" agencies such as Crisis Pregnancy, Hands of Hope, prison ministries and grief counseling ministries. All of our Psychology and Addictions Counseling faculty are doctorally prepared, as are 75 percent of our other professors.

All of our professors integrate their faith in their disciplines.

Rev Keith A Puffer; PhD, LMHC Professor; Psychology keith.puffer@indwes.edu Department - Psychology Division - Behavioral Science

Biography

Over the course of twelve years, 1986-1998, Dr. Puffer earned two master's degrees, theological and psychological, and one doctorate in Counseling. He functions, at the present time, as a professor to Psychology undergraduates and master-level students in Counseling. One day a week, he serves as a therapist in his private practice. Moreover, he is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) by the state of Indiana.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1979, Michigan State University
  • M.A., 1990, International Christian Graduate University
  • M.A., 1991, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Ph.D., 1998, Purdue University

Interests

Research areas of interest along with publications include:

  • Family influences in collegiate career development
  • Late life depression
  • Biblical assumptions of human nature for Christian mental health professionals
  • Religious doubt and adolescent identity formation
  • Emotional intelligence and collegian's career development
  • The schizophrenic experiences of an adult woman
  • Religious doubt and prosocial behavior