David N. Elkins, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of psychology in the
Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine
University, where he has trained clinical psychologists for nearly
30 years. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Elkins has worked in
hospital, community mental health, and private-practice settings.
He is a Fellow of APA and has served twice (1998-1999 and
2011-2012) as president of Division 32 (Society for Humanistic
Dr. Elkins is the author of two previous books and a contributor to the current debate in clinical psychology regarding the determinants of effectiveness in psychotherapy. He has written numerous articles and given many professional presentations on the topic. The Human Elements of Psychotherapy: A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing is grounded in Dr. Elkins's experience as a clinician, professor, and author.