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James Franklin Sapp


Psychology Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor


School of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Office Location:

Knoxville Campus: Knoxville - Hardin Valley

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela


Education is what transforms the world. I am a life long learner. I have been to 20 countries and half of them were for missions work overseas. Working on my 2 doctoral degrees was quite an experience. I learned so much and have been able to share this knowledge with students. I enjoy teaching Psychology in the GPS/online program at King University. I am so blessed to be the GPS Psychology Program Coordinator for Nashville, Knoxville, & Kingsport.



2006 – 2011                Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology. Dissertation: Exploring the Relationships between Spiritual Well-Being, Religious Distress, and Depression among College Freshmen.

2002 – 2004                Southern California University for Professional Studies, Santa Ana, CA. PsyD, Professional Doctor of Psychology (Meets educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist in CA).  Doctoral Project: Literature Review of Adolescent Suicide.

1989 – 1991                East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN    M.Ed., Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy

1985 – 1989                Kentucky Christian College, Grayson, KY    B.S., Bachelor’s in Counseling Psychology and Bible


2004-Present               TN Department of Health Boards – LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor (#1840)/MHSP (Mental Health Service Provider)

1995-Present   NBCC - NCC – National Certified Counselor (#40474).

Recent Publications and Presentations


4/24/2015                   Alliance Conference -Philadelphia, PA - Presentation on The Leadership Ideal 

8/4/2011                      APA – Washington, DC Poster Presentation on my dissertation

4/22/2011                    TLPCA – Nashville, TN Poster Presentation on my dissertation

7/2007                         International Guest lecturer at HCJB College in Quito, Ecuador:

                                    - Moral development

                                    - Influence of media violence on youth 

3/29/2011                    ProQuest – Dissertation Published

Current research

My research interests are in spirituality, depression, and religious distress.

Courses recently taught

PSYC 3000 LECT Social Psychology
PSYC 3050 LECT Lifespan Human Development
PSYC 4050 LECT Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 4100 LECT Theories of Counseling
PSYC 4150 LECT Group Dynamics
PSYC 4200 LECT Intro to Christian Counseling