William D. Roozeboom is adjunct professor of practical theology and spiritual care and counseling at Fuller Theological Seminary and Claremont School of Theology. He is also a certified pastoral counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), a staff counselor and congregational and community liaison at Christian Counseling Service, and supervisory and interim pastor at Bethany Reformed Church. He is a Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. William D. Roozeboom is a pastoral theologian, pastoral counselor, pastor, and professor. He has served the church in pastoral roles and worked with clergy, congregations, and higher ecclesial judicatories on: conflict management, staff relations, crisis intervention, restoration and renewal processes, and ongoing health and wellness. Additionally, he has lectured and taught courses on various topics in churches, community based organizations, hospitals, universities and seminaries.
In addition to teaching, Bill is also a certified pastoral counselor and member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). In this capacity, Bill has provided pastoral counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in both clinical settings and parish settings for over 12 years and served in regional leadership roles of AAPC.
Dr. Roozeboom’s own research is in the area of clergy wellness and neuroplasticity. In his recent book, Neuroplasticity, Performativity, and Clergy Wellness: Neighbor Love As Self-Care (Lexington Books, 2017), he provides a model of intra/inter-relational wellness and explores the performative capacity of one’s practices to induce life-giving changes to the structure and function of the brain. The result of practices of wellness is greater capacity to love one’s neighbor as one’s self.
Dr. Roozeboom is adjunct professor at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the University of Redlands.
Brite Divinity School: Ph.D. 2013
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Performativity and Plasticity: Storying “Self” Bi-directionally in the Embodied Brain EcosystemBis Global
This article uses the narrative theory of “storying” to examine neuroplasticity with the neurobiological processes of the embodied brain ecosystem, noting one’s performative and transformative capacity to “story” oneself bi-directionally through the use of the neuromotor processes in practices of wellness. Bi-directional storying emphasizes the often overlooked physiological and unconscious (“bottom-up,” starting in the central and peripheral nervous systems) quality of constructing self in addition to the cognitive and conscious (“top-down,” starting the command center of the prefrontal cortex) processes.
Rethinking Theological Anthropology: Constructing a Pastoral Theology of Wellness in Light of the Paradigm of Plasticity in NeuroscienceBrite Divinity School
2013 This dissertation explores theological anthropology through an interdisciplinary, critical-correlational conversation using a qualitative approach. In so doing, it asks how new lenses and layers of human identity and relationality might shape one's sense of self, sense of relationality, care of self, and capacity to care for others. Furthermore, it argues that one's capacity for empathy, compassion, and connection in (inter)relationships is directly tied to one's own attunement and connection with the various aspects of one's embodied self - (intra)relationship.