Dr. Kirk Bingaman is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York, a Fellow with the
American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister. Dr. Bingaman currently serves on the editorial board of the journal, Pastoral Psychology, and from 2008-2014 was co-chair of the Psychology, Culture, and Religion (PCR) group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). He is the author of several books, including Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension (2003, SUNY Press) and Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach (2007, Jason Aronson). His current research focuses on the application of neuroscientific findings to pastoral, spiritual, and clinical practice, which is the focus of his most recent book, The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care (2014, Lexington Books).
Dr. Bingaman is committed to helping students contextualize the practice of pastoral care and counseling in today's rapidly changing world. He helps students build from a broad theoretical and theological/spiritual base to include therapeutic approaches that address the pressing needs and issues of contemporary life. Dr. Bingaman's current research explores the application of contemplative neuroscience to the work of pastoral care and counseling, and the finding that regular contemplative-meditational practice enhances areas of the brain associated with health and well-being while quieting other areas associated with fear and anxiety. Additionally, he focuses on mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches for helping clients and congregants learn to cultivate more compassionate and less anxious and fearful perspectives about life.