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Carol J. Cook
Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology

Hope College, BA cum laude; Michigan State University, MA; Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv and PhD; Rutgers University; MSW

Carol J. Cook joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2000, having been an adjunct instructor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and served as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary as a doctoral student. Her teaching interests include the integration of psychology and theology, exploration of gender issues in church and society, utilizing literature and the arts in theological education, and engaging interfaith diversity.

She is a marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified pastoral counselor. While her clinical experience is broad-based, Cook has a special interest in the challenges that adults face as they differentiate from their families of origin.

As a part of the Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology, Cook has published articles in Pastoral Psychology over the past few years. Other publications include a chapter entitled "The Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling and Liberal Protestant Christianity" in The Role of Marriage and Family Counseling (2008); "How childhood sexual abuse affects adult survivors' images of God: A resource for pastoral helpers," co-written with Louisville Seminary alum, Cindy Guertin-Anderson, LMFT (MAMFT ’06), in Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (2010); and “Growing in Faith through the Life Cycle: A Literature Review" in Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith (Spring 2004).

Cook is a member of the Reformed Church in America. She serves as a contributing editor for Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought; is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; and a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pastoral Theology.

"In teaching, and in pastoral care and counseling settings, I seek to provide a safe space for people to explore and deepen their participation in the mysteries of the Christian faith and life. These encounters can offer comfort, challenge, or simply companionship, as together we question, grow and ultimately embrace our respective sacred journeys." -Carol Cook
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