Paul Priester

Paul Priester
Professor of Psychology

Expertise: The integration of religious and spiritual issues into psychology, culturally responsive counseling, and the prevention and treatment of addiction
At North Park since: 2007

Paul loves the fact that in the School of Professional Studies, he can bring his passions naturally into the classroom. “My students are highly motivated and have a wealth of real-life experience that makes discussions fascinating and fun,” he says. “We explore the integration of spirituality and psychology in a manner that invites students of all faiths and perspectives to explore this vital aspect of humanity.”

He particularly enjoys helping to place his students at volunteer sites where they “have the opportunity to get out into the real world and learn about applied psychology,” Paul says. He has over 20 years of clinical experience in counseling, and over 40 publications related to his areas of expertise. His research and writing experience includes multicultural counseling; addictions treatment and 12-step recovery, the measurement of Islamic religiosity; and the use of films in the counseling process.

In the summer, Paul operates an organic farm in Wisconsin. He received a PhD in counseling psychology from Loyola University, Chicago and an MA in counselor education from the University of Iowa.

Recent Publications

  • Paul E. Priester and A. Jana-Masri.  “The impact of the explicit inclusion of Islam in counseling: Implications for Interpersonal Relationship Theory,” Research in the Scientific Study of Religion, 20 (2009): 267–279.
  • Paul E. Priester, et al. “Frequency of prayer, meditation and holistic interventions in addiction treatment,” Pastoral Psychology, Vol. 58 Issue 3 (2009): 315–328.
  • Paul E. Priester. “Transformation, subjugation and vegetarianism: The metaphorical use of vampire films in counseling adolescent girls,” Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, Vol. 3 Issue 1 (2008): 68–77.
"My students have a wealth of real-life experience that makes discussions fascinating and fun."