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Dennis W. Lowe, Ph.D.
Professor and M. Norvel and Helen Young Endowed Chair in Family Life

Ph.D., Florida State University; M.A., Pepperdine University; B.A., Pepperdine University

Dr. Dennis Lowe has been a professor of psychology at Pepperdine for over 30 years. His teaching areas include the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders as well as couple and family therapy. His specialties include couple relationships and the intersection of mental health and family life. Of particular interest are projects that promote recovery for those with mental health conditions and their family members. Lowe was the founding director of Pepperdine’s Center for the Family and currently holds the M. Norvel and Helen Young Endowed Chair in Family Life.

Contact: dennis.lowe@pepperdine.edu

Courses:

  • 600: Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
  • 639: Couple and Family Therapy I

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Faculty Member in Florence, Italy (1990, 2000) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010, 2012)
  • Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, 1996
  • John Trent Servant Leadership Award, Association of Marriage and Family Ministries, 2005
  • Family Ministry Award, Boone Center for the Family, 2008
  • Christian Service Award, Associated Women for Pepperdine, 2010
  • Board Member, Project Return Peer Support Network, 2010-present
  • Distinguished Alum of Pepperdine University, 2011
  • Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012

Academic Interests:

  • Mental health and recovery, couple and family relationships



Mara Leigh Taylor (MA '03, MA '06) founded Getting Out By Going In after more than five years of volunteer work inside prisons, teaching more than 600 inmates tools for rapid and lasting changes, and recently authored a book titled Women in Prison: Women Finding Freedom.