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Kirk A. Bingaman, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling. B.A., Messiah College; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union; Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York; Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education.



Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education
Fordham University
441 E. Fordham Road
Keating Hall Room 303D                                                   
Bronx, New York  10458




(914) 382-9609


(718) 817-3352

Subjects Taught:


Human Growth & Development (classroom & online)

Social & Cultural Foundations of Pastoral Counseling (classroom & online)

Theories of Pastoral Care & Counseling (classroom & online)

Advanced Adult Development and Spiritual Care (classroom & online)

Theology of Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Care (classroom & online)

Basic Skills of Pastoral Care & Counseling



Dr. Kirk Bingaman is the Director of the Pastoral Counseling Program in the Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education. He is a state Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Prior to coming to Fordham, Dr. Bingaman served as the Director of Satellite Offices for the Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service in San Anselmo, CA and as Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary/Graduate Theological Union. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Stockton, NJ from 1990-1996, Parish Associate of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Tiburon, CA from 2001-2005, and is currently Parish Associate of The First Presbyterian C
hurch of Cold Spring, NY. Dr. Bingaman is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the journal of Pastoral Psychology and is co-chair of the Psychology, Culture, and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. His first book, Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension, was published by SUNY Press in 2003, and a second book, Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach, was published by Jason Aronson in 2007. Dr. Bingaman is currently working on another book, The Art of Contemplative Practice: Incorporating the Findings of Neuroscience into Spiritual Care, to be published by Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) at the end of 2012. 


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Current Interests and Research:

Dr. Bingaman is committed to helping students contextualize the practice of pastoral care and counseling in today's rapidly changing world. His current research focuses on the application of a cognitive-theological form of therapy to the "new anxiety", triggered by the dramatic changes following September 11, 2001 and the financial crisis of 2008. Dr. Bingaman works to help students build from a psychodynamic base to include other important therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems, and multicultural counseling. He is particularly interested in the insights from neuroscientific research that demonstrate the importance of prayer, meditation, and contemplative spiritual practice for managing our anxiety. An additional interest of Dr. Bingaman is the postmodern life cycle, and the implications for child, adolescent, and adult development.

Recent Publications:

Books in Print:

Journal and Ejournal Articles:
  • “The Art of Contemplative & Mindfulness Practice: Incorporating the Findings of Neuroscience into Pastoral Care & Counseling”, in Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 60 No. 3, 2011.
  • “A Pastoral Theological Approach to the New Anxiety”, in Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 59 No. 4, 2010.
  • “Transforming Our Understanding of Theories, Paradigms, & Mental Disorders: The Legacy of Donald Capps in the Field of Pastoral Care & Counseling,” in Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 58 No. 5/6, December 2009.
  • The Paradoxical Freud (Book Chapter), in The Unbelievers (edited S.T. Joshi), Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • "Caring for the Anxious: A Postmodern Approach", in Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, Vol. 9 No. 3, 2007.
  • "The Postmodern Life Cycle and Pastoral Care and Counseling", in Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2006
  • Teaching Freud in the Seminary (Book Chapter), in Teaching Freud (edited Diane Jonte-Pace), Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • "Pastoral Counseling in an Age of Narcissism," in American Journal of Pastoral Counseling, Vol. 4 No. 3, 2001.
  • "Christianity and the Shadow Side of Human Experience," in Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 49 No. 3, 2001.
  • "The New Narcissist and Pastoral Counseling," in Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 48 No. 5, 1999.
  • "Teach Your Students Well: The Seminary and a Hermeneutics of Suspicion," in Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 48 No. 2, 1999.
  • "Can Seminary Education Be Authentically Educational?", in Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Vol. 38 No. 3, 1999.

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