Pepperdine GSEP Faculty Directory
Susan R. Hall, JD, PhD
PhD, University of Arizona; MA, University of Arizona; JD, University of Arizona; BA, Georgetown University
Dr. Hall earned her law degree and her doctorate in clinical psychology, and psychology, policy, and law at the University of Arizona. She conducted her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center. Her scholarship not only aims to help clinicians better understand the law, but also examines the clinical and forensic needs of children and youth exposed to violence and maltreatment and how religion/spirituality can serve as a protective factor in their lives.
Dr. Hall has published and presented nationally on child witnesses in the courtroom (e.g., Courtroom modifications for child witnesses: Law and science in forensic evaluations and other topics related to psychology, public policy, and law (e.g., Laws Affecting Clinical Practice). In addition, Dr. Hall strives to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice, and between psychology and spirituality/religion. She collaborates with other faculty and students in the Clinic Advancement and Research Committee, and the Pepperdine Applied Research Center, a funded project to develop assessment and research in the training clinics and counseling centers at Pepperdine University. She also is faculty advisor of the Research and Practice Team, and a co-faculty advisor of the Pepperdine chapter of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Dr. Hall's teaching interests include individual and family development, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy, forensic psychology, and clinical practicum.