Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
Dr. Jonathan received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Marital & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. He also received a B.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University. He began teaching as an adjunct instructor at Chapman in 2009 while completing his dissertation. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Marriage & Family Therapy at Chapman University. As of June 1, 2016 Dr. Jonathan will serve as the Program Director of the Marriage & Family Therapy Program. Dr. Jonathan has also served as the Director of the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy from 2011-2016.
Dr. Jonathan is a nationally approved Supervisor through the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). He also is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California. He has a private practice in Santa Ana, CA - Santa Ana Community Counseling, where he has worked in therapy with families, couples, children, individuals and groups in both agency and school-based settings. He has worked extensively with issues pertaining to court mandated clients, divorce/co-parenting, parenting, children & adolescents, culture, gender and diversity. Dr. Jonathan enjoys presenting in the community on these issues.
Dr. Jonathan is very actively involved in service on both the national and state levels of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Marital & Family Therapy, California Division (AAMFT-CA) in the roles of Treasurer (2010-2011), President-Elect (2012-2013), President (2014-2015) and Past President (2016). Dr. Jonathan has also served on the Elections Council on the national level for the American Association for Marital & Family Therapy (AAMFT) from 2011-2013 and 2015-Present. He has also served on the national Board of Directors on the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy from 2006-2007.
PSY 326 Child Psychology
PSY 328 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 340 Human Sexuality
MFT 541 Systems of Psychotherapy for MFTs
MFT 556 Family Systems & Studies
MFT 570 Advanced Psychopathology & Diagnosis
MFT 582 Assessment & Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions
MFT 588 Assessment & Treatment of Substance Abuse
MFT 618 Multicultural Issues in Therapy
MFT 690 Independent Internship
MFT 694 Practicum
Research and Scholarship:
Dr. Jonathan's research interests and publications cover topics pertaining to working with elders and their caregivers, children and adolescents, couples issues pertaining to gender equality, power and attunement along with divorce and its effects on the family. Dr. Jonathan has served as a Thesis Committee Chair in the Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Chapman. He also has actively served on dissertation and thesis committees for students in several masters and doctoral programs in California.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations:
The “Sandwich Generation”: Intergenerational Dynamics Between Older, April 2016. Adults and Caretakers. Kona, HI, International Family Therapy Conference.
The Challenges of Transition a New Home for the Elder, June 2015. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. Vancouver, WA.
Resilience and Well-Being of LGBT Foster Care Youth, June 2014. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. Athens, GA.
Rekindling Hope: A Solution Focused Process, February 2014. Solution Focused Expo. Orlando, FL
Preparing for Academia: What you did not learn in graduate school, November 2013. National Council for Family Relations Conference. San Antonio, TX.
Creating Emotional Connection Through Gender Equality, October 2012. American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Conference. Charlotte, NC.
Strategies for Achieving Relational Attunement and Gender Equality in Heterosexual Couple Relationships, May 2012. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. San Francisco, CA.
A Narrative Approach to Grief With Elder Women, March 2012. International Family Therapy Association Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
Attunement & Relational Responsibility in Same-Sex Couple Relationships, June 2011. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. Baltimore, MD.
When Gender Doesn’t Organize Process: Studying Same-Sex Couples, November 2009. National Council for Family Relations Conference. San Francisco, CA.
Is it the Blues?: Recognizing Signs of Suicidal Behavior in Youth, April 2009. National Catholic Educators Association Conference. Anaheim, CA.
Invited Panel Presentation – Fostering Connections For the Future, June 2015. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. Vancouver, WA.
Invited Discussant – Working With Transgender Clients, June 2015. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. Vancouver, WA.
Invited Discussant – The Effects of Gender Roles in Therapy, May 2015. Counseling & Family Sciences Conference. Loma Linda, CA.
Invited Panel Presentation – Mentoring Upcoming Professionals, May 2015. Counseling & Family Sciences Conference. Loma Linda, CA.
Invited Panel Presentation – To Treat or Refer LGBT Clients, October 2014. American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Invited Discussant – Attunement in Couples Therapy, June 2014. American Family Therapy Academy Conference, Athens, GA.
Past President, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, California Division, 2016
President, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, California Division, 2014-2015
President-Elect, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, California Division, 2012-2013
Treasurer, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, California Division, 2009-2011
Elections Council, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy 2010-2013, 2015-Present
Board Member, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy 2006-2007
2001 American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Clinical Member
2001 California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists Member
2001 National Council on Family Relations Member
2005 International Family Therapy Association Member
2008 American Family Therapy Academy Member
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Jonathan, N. (2019). “Early Stages of Life Cycle Development for LGBTQ Indians."
[Review of the book, Growing up Gay in Urban India: A Critical Psychosocial Perspective by K. Ranade]. Indian Journal of Social Work.
Huft, J. & Jonathan, N. (2018). An Integration of Feminism into Experiential
Psychotherapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy.
Richards, J. & Jonathan, N. (2015). "Building a Circle of Care in Same-Sex Couple
Relationships: A Socio-Emotional Relationship Approach.” In C. Knudson-Martin & S. Samman & M. Wells (Eds.), Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy: Bridging Emotion, Societal, Context, and Couple Interaction. New York, NY: Springer Publications.
Jonathan, N. & Knudson-Martin, C. (2012). Building Connection: Attunement and
Gender Equality in Heterosexual Relationships. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.
Jonathan, N. (2009). Carrying Equal Weight: Relational Responsibility & Attunement
Among Same-Sex Couples. In C. Knudson-Martin & A. Rankin Mahoney (Eds.), Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships. New York, NY: Springer Publications.