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Valencia Wiggins

Valencia Wiggins

Associate Professor and Clinical Training Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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    Graduate/Seminary in Chicago
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  • Start Date:
    July 2016
  • Personal Information:

    Prior to coming to Moody Theological Seminary as associate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Dr. Wiggins has worked in a variety of clinical settings including college counseling centers (Wheaton College Counseling Center, and Moody Bible Institute Counseling Services), and private practice (Meier Clinics). In addition, she served as adjunct instructor at Moody Bible Institute. She taught courses in Introduction to Psychology, and Grief Counseling. Clinical and research interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, women's issues, eating disorders, grief and loss. She also has professional memberships in the American Psychological Association and in the American Counseling Association.

  • Educational Background:

    ​BA, Wheaton College
    MA, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton Graduate School
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, Walden University

  • Publications:


    Wiggins, V. (2021-23). Today in the Word. Column contributor. Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2021). Face to face with Jesus: Studies in the Gospel for Women. Co-Contributor for Prison Fellowship and Today in the Word. Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL.


    Wiggins, V. (2022). The Intersection of Race, Mental Health, and Legal Practice. Panel member for 10th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference. Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2022). What About My Relationship Status? Guest interview for Becoming Well podcast. Moody Bible Institute. Chicago, IL

    Wiggins, V. (2021). GriefShare. Content contributor for The Church Initiative. Wake Forest, NC.

    Wiggins, V. (2021). Understanding the Stages and Needs of a Woman’s Life. Moody Women’s “Called Conference.” Chicago, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2021). Race and Mental Health in the Church. Panel presentation for Renewal Church of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2020). Mental Health and Faith: Panel Presentation for Chicago Church Partnerships. Chicago, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2020). Understanding Mental Illness and the Church: Interview with Pastor Ricky Brown, New Creation Church. Chicago, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2020). Dealing with Confidential Loss: The Private Grief of Counselors. Presenter for workshop presentation. Black Mental Health Symposium Virtual Conference.

    Wiggins, V. & Kellums-Baraka, M. (2019). Dealing with Confidential Loss: The Private Grief of Counselors. Lead presenter for workshop presentation. Illinois Counseling Association Conference. Skokie, IL.

    Wiggins, V. (2019). Private Grief of Counselors: Dealing with Confidential Loss. Seminar speaker for Community Alternatives of Des Plaines, Illinois.

    Kellums Baraka, M., & Wiggins V. (2019). Unpacking Dreams and Reality: Creative Group Approaches for Students upon Reentry to Campus after Study Abroad. Co-presenter for workshop presentation. American College Counselors Association Conference. San Diego, CA.

    Wiggins, V. (2019). Saving our Girlz: Why Mentoring Matters (Parents and Adult Mentors). Seminar presenter for Christ Bible Church. Chicago, Illinois.

    Wiggins V. (2018). Lay Counseling Training Workshop. Seminar trainer for ministry leaders at God’s Favourite House. Lagos, Nigeria

    Kellums Baraka, M., & Wiggins, V. (2018). Backpacks Down: Helping College Students upon Re-entry to Campus after Study Abroad. Co-presenter for poster presentation. Illinois Counseling Association Conference. Schaumburg, Illinois.

    "How do you find a 'super' clinical supervisor?" August 8, 2016. Retrieved from:

    "Mother and Adult Daughter Relationships and the Impact on Emotional Health, Self-Efficacy, and Spiritual Well-Being." PhD diss., Walden University, 2013. ProQuest (Order no. 3560920), 216.