Matthew Stanford

Matthew S. Stanford’s writings in psychology and neuroscience are inspired by the many questions he has received from people of faith and the real life struggles he has observed as friends and acquaintances have attempted to work through the difficult problems associated with mental illness.

Professionally he has worked with a variety of mentally ill and brain-injured individuals, including those with aggression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, substance dependence and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Stanford has served as Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Studies and was director of the doctoral program in psychology at Baylor University (2003 to 2015); he was Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Orleans (1994 to 2003). He has served the academic community in a variety of leadership positions including institutional review board chair, graduate program director, and department chair.

Today he serves as CEO and Executive Director of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHC/I) in Houston. He is the author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness (InterVarsity, 2008) and The Biology of Sin: Grace, Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped (InterVarsity, 2010).

A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), his research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in such national publications as USA Today and The New York Times, as well as many news websites including Fox, MSNBCYahoo, and US News & World Report.


Most Recent Project: Madness and Mercy: Viewing Mental Illness and Brain Injury through the Eyes of Faith (publisher pending)


Represented by Karen Neumair