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Meet Our Faculty

All faculty members are well experienced professionals in the field of expertise in which they teach,
have earned doctorates and licenses, and are active in the counseling profession.

President

Jea Eun Oh, Ph.D.

Jea Eun Oh is the President of Daybreak University. He holds masters and doctorate degrees in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He also received a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of New England. Dr. Oh has completed the COAMFTE accredited Post-Graduate MFT Program at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia (formerly Penn Marriage Council). He also completed the internship specialized in PTSD at the Rogers Memorial Hospital in Bedford, MA. He is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and an Imago Clinical Instructor and a Faculty at Imago International Training Institute (IITI). He was a former Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Soongsil University and Baekseok University in South Korea. He was the Director of Soongsil University Student Counseling Center, Director of the Institute for Couples and Family Counseling (ICFC), and a Chief Editor of the Journal of Family and Counseling (JFC). He also taught as a Visiting Scholar of Couples and Family Therapy at University of Oregon as well as a Visiting Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Kean University in New Jersey. He is a founder of the Korean Association of Family Counseling (KAFC), which has a national network of 60 counseling centers with 6,000 members of professional counselors and therapists. Dr. Oh is a frequent guest on television such as KBS and EBS where he has made an effort to make counseling known to the public by offering live counseling and special lectures. His book, I Love Myself the Way I Am (2009) became a national best seller in South Korea. His publication was also selected as the outstanding scholar work by both the National Academy of Sciences as well as Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in South Korea. He also received the Best Teacher’s Award, the Best Lecturer’s Award four times at Soongsil University and the Best Research Award and the Best Supervisor Award by the National Council of Graduate School of Counseling and Psychotherapy (NCGSCP). Dr. Oh’s article was nominated as the best article by JMFT and he received the International Development Award and Helen LaKelly Hunt Award for Community Building by Imago Relationships International (IRI).

Chancellors

About Harville and Helen

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. are partners in life and work, and Co-Chancellors and Distinguished Professors of Imago Relationship Therapy at Daybreak University. Together, they have written over 10 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. Harville and Helen co-created Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) to promote the transformation of couples and families by creating relational cultures that support universal equality.

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Imago Relationships International (IRI) with Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., and Chancellor of the Imago International Training Institute (IITI). He is a New York Times bestselling author of the popularly acclaimed books: Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, Keeping the Love You Find: A Guide for Singles, Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents, and Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved. He is an international speaker, and couples therapist with more than 40 years' experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer who has appeared on Oprah's television program 17 times. A former professor at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Hendrix holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion from the University of Chicago. He is a Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Transactional Analysis Association.

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and noted philanthropist. Her partnership with Dr. Harville Hendrix has led to the creation of 10 books on relationships and the widespread effectiveness of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT). She holds Ph.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary (NY). Dr. Hunt has been active within the women’s movement for the past eighteen years. She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls. Helen has helped to create a number of other women’s funding institutions, including the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the Women’s Funding Network. Helen has served on the Boards of Directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Women and Foundations, and the New York City Women’s Agenda. In 2004, shortly after completing a Doctoral degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York, she wrote Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance. For her distinguished contributions to the women’s movement, Helen has received many awards including the LEAD Award, Gloria Steinem’s Women of Vision Award, and has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


Harville and Helen have been married for more than 30 years. They have six children, six grandchildren, and reside in Dallas, Texas. Harville and Helen invite you to strengthen the communication in your life and join them to heal relationships, heal the family, and heal the world. The following is their homepage: harvilleandhelen.com

Academic Dean

Hye Jin Kim, Ph.D., LMFTCV

Dr. Kim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Fellow, and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is also a Certified Imago Therapist by Imago International Training Institute (IITI). She finished her post-doctoral fellowship and worked as an Associate Clinical Director at the Couples and Family Therapy program at the University of Oregon. Dr. Kim also taught as a tenured Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at Kean University in New Jersey. She is a reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT). She has research interests in cross-cultural studies, research with marginalized populations, and family health matters that impact family dynamics. She has been teaching MFT Theories and Practice, Martial Therapy and Techniques, Relational Assessment, Group Psychotherapy, Diversity in MFT, Human Sexuality in Counseling, Child/Adolescent Mental Health & Diagnosis, and MFT Practicum in MFT graduate programs. Dr. Kim’s article was nominated as the best JMFT Article of the year in 2015 and she received the Emerging Scholar Award from JMFT in 2016.

Director of M.A. in Counseling Program

Jeong Hwa Yoon, Ph.D.

Director of M.A. in Counseling Program, Daybreak University

Certified Imago Therapist, Certified Imago Couples Workshop Presenter

Clinical Instructor at International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)

Clinical Supervisor of Family Counseling, Korean Association of Family Counseling (KAFC)

Ph.D. in Christian Counseling, Baekseok University

M.A. in Family Counseling, Baekseok University

Director of Ph.D. in Counseling Program

Mei-Ju Ko, Ph.D.CV

Director of Ph.D. in Counseling Program, Daybreak University

Former Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy program at Texas Tech University

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate

Editorial Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

M.A. in Couples and Family Therapy, University of Oregon

Sun Ja Youn, Ph.D.

Director of Ph.D. in Counseling Program, Daybreak University

Certified Imago Therapist, Certified Imago Couples Workshop Presenter

Clinical Instructor at International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)

Clinical Supervisor of Family Counseling, Korean Association of Family Counseling (KAFC)

Ph.D. in Christian Counseling, Baekseok University

M.A. in Family Counseling, Baekseok University

Director of Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy Specialization

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., LPC

Director of M.A. & Ph.D. Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy Specialization, Daybreak University

Board Certified Sexologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, andOrganizational Provider by American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist,Couple Workshop Presenter, and Advanced Clinicianby Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Ph.D. in Sexology, American Academy of Clinical Sexology

M.S. in Art Therapy, College of New Rochelle

B.A. in Social Sciences/Psychology, University of Bridgeport

Full-time and Part-time Faculty

Anne Prouty, Ph.D., LMFT

Guest lecturer/Consulting supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

Former Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at Texas Tech University

AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University

B.S. in Biology, University of South Carolina Columbia

Lorna Hecker, Ph.D., LMFTCV

Distinguished Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

Emeritus Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Purdue University Northwest

AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

MS.Ed. in Counselor Education, Western Illinois University

B.S. in Psychology, Western Illinois University

Hye Jin Kim, Ph.D., LMFT

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Certified Imago Therapist by Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Editorial Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

Former Associate Clinical Director at the Couples and Family Therapy program at the University of Oregon

Former Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy program at Kean University

EPh.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University

M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy,
Purdue University Calumet

B.A. in Psychology, SUNY Buffalo

Mei-Ju Ko, Ph.D.CV

Director of Ph.D. in Counseling Program, Daybreak University

Former Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy program at Texas Tech University

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate

Editorial Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

M.A. in Couples and Family Therapy, University of Oregon

Jea Eun Oh, Ph.D.

Professor, Imago Relationship Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

Certified Clinical Instructor of Imago Relationship Therapy at Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate

Ph.D. in Counseling, University of New England

Th.M. in Pastoral Counseling, Harvard University

AAMFT Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Council for Relationships

Jeong Hwa Yoon, Ph.D.

Director of M.A. in Counseling Program, Daybreak University

Certified Imago Therapist, Certified Imago Couples Workshop Presenter

Clinical Instructor at International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)

Clinical Supervisor of Family Counseling, Korean Association of Family Counseling (KAFC)

Ph.D. in Christian Counseling, Baekseok University

M.A. in Family Counseling, Baekseok University

Clinical Professor

Kenneth Silvestri, Ed.D., LMFTCV

Clinical Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Ed.D. in Family and Community Studies, Columbia University

M.A.T. in Social Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University

B.A. in History and Philosophy, Bloomfield College

Sun Ja Youn, Ph.D.

Director of Ph.D. in Counseling Program, Daybreak University

Certified Imago Therapist, Certified Imago Couples Workshop Presenter

Clinical Instructor at International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)

Clinical Supervisor of Family Counseling, Korean Association of Family Counseling (KAFC)

Ph.D. in Christian Counseling, Baekseok University

M.A. in Family Counseling, Baekseok University

Research Professor

Sangil Lee, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Daybreak University

Certified Mental Health Clinical Psychologist by Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare

Clinical Psychologist by Korean Psychological Association

Researcher, Department of Design and Human Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

Supervisor, Yeungnam University Medical Center

Editorial Reviewer of Korean Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology by Korea Association for Rehabilitation Psychology

Editorial Reviewer of Korean Journal of Psychology: General by Korean Health Psychology Association

Published 20 Peer-Reviewed Articles

Ph.D. in Psychology, Emphasis in Clinical Psychology, Kyungpook National University

M.S. in Psychology, Emphasis in Clinical and Cognitive Psychology, Kyungpook National University

B.A. in Psychology, Yeungnam University

Eun A Park, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Daybreak University

Adjunct Faculty of Education Consulting Department, Bugyung University

President, Korean Association of Educational Counseling

Editorial Member, Korean Journal for Couples and Family Counseling Studies

MA in Counseling Psychology, Kyungsung University

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Kyungsung University

Research Interests: Children, Parenting Education and Counseling, Group Counseling, and Program Development

Young In Kwon, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Daybreak University

Director of Dawon Research Institute for Families

Adjunct Faculty of Dept. of Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University

Instructor of Yonsei University, KyungHee University, Inha University

B.S. in Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

M.S. in Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (Family Studies)

Ph.D. in Purdue University, IN, U.S.A. (Family Studies)

Research Interests: Fatherhood, Sex and Sexuality of Korean Adolescents, Low Fertility

Phenomena and Low Fertility Policies of Korean Society, etc.

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