James Billings, PhD

Dean, School of Marriage and Family Sciences

Dr. James Billings is the dean of Northcentral University’s School of Marriage and Family Sciences. The School of Marriage and Family Sciences was created in 2013 when Northcentral University’s School of Behavioral and Health Sciences separated into two schools: the School of Psychology and the School of Marriage and Family Sciences. Prior to being named dean, Dr. Billings was the assistant dean of the School.

Dr. Billings has been published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and presented at numerous conferences including the National Child Life Conference, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist National Conferences, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Conference. Dr. Billings has also written and received over $17.7 million in grant funding, including: $2.48 million to provide professional mental health services to mandated (CPS) and non-mandated families at risk for possible child abuse and neglect in the Western region of San Bernardino County (California); and $2.65 million to provide professional mental health services and programs to the Western and Eastern regions of Riverside County (California).

Dr. Billings completed his Ph.D. at Loma Linda University in 2004, where he received the Graduate School Dean’s Award for recognition for intellectual achievement, professional performance and social sensitivity.  His dissertation addressed Organizational Functioning – Exploring the Relationship between Job Satisfaction, Commitment, Communication, and Stress with Organizational Functioning.  He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2000 with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Billings is also a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, in 1998.

Furthermore, Dr. Billings is a American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor; Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) Commissioner; State Approved MFT Supervisor (California and Texas); and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California and Texas).