The President and Board of Trustees of Acadia Divinity College are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Glen Berry as Associate Professor in the William and Virginia Leach Chair of Pastoral Psychology. Dr. Berry joined ADC in 2022 as part-time Advisor on Mental Health Pastoral Education and Adjunct Faculty in Pastoral Care and will assume his new role on July 1, 2023.
President Dr. Anna Robbins stated, “Dr. Glen Berry’s appointment to the William and Virginia Leach Chair of Pastoral Psychology is a strategic decision for the College. Dr. Berry’s expertise, knowledge, and passion, combined with the generous endowment from the Beatty Ryckman Trust, give us a unique opportunity to expand our ministerial education into pastoral psychology and mental health in new and innovative ways. We’re excited to welcome him to the faculty table.”
Glen brings a wealth of experience to this position. A Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia for 25 years, he has worked as a clinical psychologist in the Annapolis Valley, both at the outpatient community mental health clinic and at the psychiatry unit at Valley Regional Hospital (VRH). In addition to conducting formal diagnostic assessments and providing treatment to individuals and in groups, Glen has served in several leadership roles within the profession, including as Team Leader for Psychology (Nova Scotia Health – Annapolis Valley), Coordinator of Early Psychosis Interventions (Western Zone, Nova Scotia), and former Director of Training for the Psychology Doctoral Residency Program at Annapolis Valley Health in Nova Scotia.
Glen has experience as an educator, both at the VRH and at Acadia University – serving as academic supervisor and clinical supervisor, as well as teaching several courses for the Psychology Department, School of Education, and ADC. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology (1996) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (1991) from the University of Western Ontario as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science from Acadia University (1988).
“I am extremely honoured to have been invited to this role,” said Dr. Berry. “I trust God to use it to meet the personal growth needs of our pastors and churches.”
The William and Virginia Leach Chair of Pastoral Psychology was established through a generous donation from The Beatty Ryckman Trust, providing ADC with the ability to expand its capacity to teach and research in the areas of pastoral psychology, self-knowledge, and mental health. Glen has a strong interest in helping pastors and the local churches better understand mental health issues and mental illness, as well as building community within and around church families.