Dr. Wesley C. Lee

Name: Wesley C. Lee

Title/Position: Vice President of Academic Affairs (Interim)Wesley_Lee.jpg

Discipline: Psychology

Year Hired: Adjunct 2004; Full Time Faculty 2018


Ph.D., Psychology, Northcentral University, 2018

M.S., Counseling Psychology, Southern Nazarene University, 1999

B.S., Biology, Southern Nazarene University, 1997

Professional Organizations and Affiliations:

Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology - Honorary President

American Association of Biblical Counselors

American Psychological Association

Golden Key International Honor Society

Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City

National Society of Leadership and Success

Society for Pentecostal Studies

Area/s of Specialty:

Health Psychology

Behavioral Science


Statistics & Research Methods

Cognitive Development & Critical Thinking

Courses Taught:

Abnormal Psychology

Academic Turning Point 

Adolescent Psychology

Biological Psychology

Business Statistics

Career Choices  

Child & Adolescent Psychology

Christian Ethics

College Algebra

Conflict Management & Resolution

Conflict Management Skills  

Critical Thinking Strategies      

Developmental Psychology - Lifespan    

Dynamics of Small Group Counseling

General Psychology

Group & Interpersonal Relationships

Health & Wellness 

Interpersonal Relationships

Introduction to Ecology & Lab

Introduction to Social Work 

Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling

Juvenile Delinquency

Modern English Usage

Positive Psychology

Principles of Biblical Counseling

Psychology of Learning

Quantitative Analysis

Research Methods        

Research Methods & Statistics

Social Problems

Social Psychology

Statistical Methods I & II

Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency

Theories of Personality

Writing for Psychology 

Office Location: LLC-260

Campus Phone Number: 405.789.7661 (ext. 2272)

Email Address: wesley.lee@swcu.edu

Office Hours: Monday-Friday by appointment at https://wesleylee-0.youcanbook.me/

Research Interests: Metacognition, Motivation, Habit Formation, Intelligence, & Grit

Publications and Professional Presentations:


Stativa, E., Rus, A.V., Lee, W.C., Salinas, K.A.D., Cossey, H.M., Lobo. A., & Nanu, M. (2023). Predictors of height in Romanian infants 6–23 months old: findings from a national representative sample, Journal of Public Health, 2023; fdad180, https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdad180

Popa, C.O., Rus, A.V., Lee, W.C., Cojocaru, C., Suciu, N., Schenk, A., Văcăraș, V., Olah, P., Mureșan, S., Szasz, S., & Bredicean, C. (2022). The relation between negative automatic thoughts and psychological inflexibility in schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(3), 871. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/11/3/871

Popa, C.O., Rus, A.V., Lee, W.C., Cojocaru, C., Suciu, N., Schenk, A., & Grecu, C.G. (2021). Cognitive-behavioral therapy augmented with virtual reality in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorders. Health, Sports & Rehabilitation Medicine, 22(3). https://doi.org/10.26659/pm3.2021.22.3.182

Stativa, E., Rus, A.V., Stoicescu, S.M., Lobo, A., Lee, W.C., Popa, C.O., Grecu, C.G. (2021). Feeding practices patterns in Romanian infants 6-23 months old: Findings from a national representative sample. Health, Sports & Rehabilitation Medicine, 22(2). https://doi.org/10.26659/pm3.2021.22.2.75

Rus, A.V., Clark, A., Plopeanu, A.P., Tomuletiu, E.A., Bejenaru, A., Stativa, E., Lee, W.C., Parris, S.R., Popa, C.O., & Muresan, S. (2021). Romanian adaptation of Centrality of Religiosity Scale and the utility of this scale in cognitive-behavioral therapy for religious populations. Acta Marisiensis - Seria Medica67(1). doi:10.2478/amma-2021-0010

Popa, C.O., Predatu, R., Lee, W.C., Blaga, P., Sirbu, E., Rus, A.V., Clark, A., Cojocaru, C., Schenk, A., Vacaras, V., Szasz, S., Muresan, S., & Bredicean, C. (2021). Thought suppression in primary psychotic disorders and substance/medication induced psychotic disorder. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(1). doi:10.3390/ijerph18010116

Popa, C., Lee, W. C. & Rus, A. V. (Eds.) (2020). New Approaches in behavioral sciences. Targo-Mures: University Press.

Rus, A. V., Lee, W. C., Bautista Salas, D. B., Parris, S. R., Webster, R. D., Lobo, A. R., Stativa, E., & Popa, C. O. (2020). Bronfenbrenner's ecological system theory and the experience of institutionalization of Romanian children. In Popa, C., Lee, W. C., & Rus, A. V. (Eds.) (2020). New approaches in behavioral sciences (pp. 237-251). Targo-Mures: University Press.

Rus, A. V., Lee, W. C., Pachicano, R. S., Bautista Salas, D. B., Parris, S. R., Stativa, E., & Popa, C. O. (2020). Atypical development of the institutionalized Romanian children. In Popa, C., Lee, W. C., & Rus, A. V. (Eds.) (2020),  New approaches in behvioral sciences (pp. 253-267). Targu-Mures: University Press.  

Lee, W. C. (2018). Individuals' accounts of weight loss, maintenance, and recidivism: A phenomenological study (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, San Diego, CA.

Rus, A. V., Stativa, E. S., Parris, S. R., Pennings, J. S., Butterfield, M. E., Lee, W. C., & Gavrilovici, O. (2017). Punishment, peer exploitation, and sexual abuse in long-term Romanian residential centers: Findings from a nationally representative sample of institutionalized children. In A. V. Rus, S. R. Parris, & E. Stativa (Eds.), Child maltreatment in residential care: History, research, and current Practice. (pp. 61 – 86). New York, NY: Springer.

Lee, W. (1999). Depressive symptoms in overweight and obese undergraduate university students: A test of the ‘Jolly Fat’ hypothesis (Master's thesis). Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK


Lee, W.C., Wente, J., Martin, J., & Rus, A. V. (2021, January 22). Junior research academy: Preparation for research in the behavioral sciences [Online conference presentation]. George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Targu Mures, Romania and Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, Oklahoma, USA.

Lee, W.C. (2000, February). Discover Your Strengths: Comparison of various assessment instruments. Research study presentation at Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Session at First-Year Experience Conference, Columbia, SC.

Comstock, J.C., & Lee, W.C. (1999, April). Token Economy: Rewards’ system utilized in behavioral adaptation in mentally challenged population. Research study presentation at Best Practices Annual Conference, Beatrice, NE.


Excellence must be the hallmark for Christian higher education.  The attainment of such a noble goal is tenuous, but it is achievable.  This message of excellence must be clearly and concisely communicated.  There must be a culture of excellence fostered and evidenced at all levels of Christian higher education. “For consecration to God carries with it the obligation to excel….[for] God’s work demands trained minds. You have no right to be mediocre if you are capable of something better.” - R. S. Taylor

Favorite Bible Verse:

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)

Personal Interests: Green Technology, Carpentry, Earthships, Architectural Design, Organic Gardening, Recent Church History, and Nutrition

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA