Lori E. Banfield

Lecturer of Psychology

With a love for studying and enhancing the sacred human experience, Dr. Banfield has dedicated her life to developing restorative liberation paths for oppressed and marginalized groups and desires to activate her passions for theology, psychology, and social justice to empower each person beyond church, school, and prison walls. She is missioned to foster spiritual resilience, build atmosphere changes, and restore sacred spaces. She serves as a higher learning educator, mental health clinician, researcher, clergyperson, and all-around social justice advocate. Dr. Banfield is Executive Director at Redemption Housing, founder of the Spiritual Resilience Council - a reentry advocate training initiative, and Associate Elder at Word Formed Church. She has authored multiple publications, been a contributing author, and published her own spiritual formation book Walking Worthy of My Calling: Journey Back to the Likeness of God.

 “As Lifespan teaches us, the human brain never stops developing; it constantly absorbs its surroundings and adapts to give the body the best fighting chance at survival. Higher learning of any kind is a suitable environment for absorption, not just for survival but thriving. And to be at an institution that caters to the whole person, well that's a perpetrator of life thriving more abundantly!"


DA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Eastern University
MTS, Palmer Theological Seminary
BS, Psychology, Saint Joseph's University 

Courses Taught

PSYC 100- General Psychology
PSYC 205- Child Psychology
PSYC 206 - Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 207- Lifespan Development
INST 150- Faith Reason and Justice
INST 270- Justice in a Pluralistic Society
BIBL 100 – Introducing Biblical Literature
BIBL 101- The Nature and Meaning of the Old Testament
THEO 160- Spiritual Formation
THEO 210- Foundations of Christian Spirituality
THEO 255- Capstone: Theology of Christian Ministry