Matthew S. Stanford, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Academic Institute
Houston Methodist


Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D. (Baylor University, 1992) is Chief Executive Officer of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, TX. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science he is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. His research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in such national publications as The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today, as well as many news websites including Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo, and US News & World Report. Dr. Stanford is the author of two books, Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness, Revised and Expanded (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and The Biology of Sin: Grace Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped (InterVarsity Press, 2011).


Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Psychiatric Outpatient Treatment in the United States
Stanford, MS, Stiers, MR & Soileau, K 2023, , Journal of Religion and Health, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 2258-2271. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-023-01821-8

Mental health coaching: a faith-based paraprofessional training program
Stanford, MS, Stiers, MR, Clinton, T & Hawkins, R 2023, , Mental Health, Religion and Culture, vol. 26, no. 10, pp. 1007-1020. https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2024.2307347

Pharmacotherapy of Primary Impulsive Aggression in Violent Criminal Offenders
Felthous, AR, McCoy, B, Nassif, JB, Duggirala, R, Kim, E, Carabellese, F & Stanford, MS 2021, , Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 12, 744061. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.744061

Manage Emotions to Reduce Aggression: A Pilot Study of a Brief Treatment to Help Veterans Reduce Impulsive Aggression
Miles, SR, Kent, TA, Stanley, M, Thompson, KE, Sharp, C, Niles, BL, Young-Mccaughan, S, Mintz, J, Roache, JD, Litz, BT, Hale, WJ, Stanford, MS, Keane, TM & Peterson, AL 2020, , Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, vol. 208, no. 11, pp. 897-903. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0000000000001229

The Pharmacotherapy of Impulsive Aggression in Psychopathic Disorders
Felthous, AR & Stanford, MS 2020, . in The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, 2nd Edition: Diagnosis and Treatment: Volume I and II. vol. 1, Wiley, pp. 805-834. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119159322.ch34

Psychophysiological Correlates of Psychopathic Disorders
Houston, RJ & Stanford, MS 2020, . in The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, 2nd Edition: Diagnosis and Treatment: Volume I and II. vol. 1, Wiley, pp. 323-351. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119159322.ch14

Versatility and exploratory psychometric properties of the Impulsive/Premeditated Aggression Scale (IPAS): A review
Cruz, AR, Castro-Rodrigues, AD, Rundle, B, Berrios-Torres, I, Gonçalves, RA, Barbosa, F & Stanford, MS 2019, , Aggression and Violent Behavior, vol. 47, pp. 12-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2019.03.003

Assessing the Usefulness of the God Questionnaire
Stanford, MS, Oxhandler, HK & Ellor, JW 2019, , Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. https://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000292

Client Attitudes toward Integrating Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health Treatment: Scale Development and Client Responses
Oxhandler, HK, Ellor, JW & Stanford, MS 2018, , Social Work (United States), vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 337-345. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swy041

Zur Pharmakotherapie impulsiver Aggression bei antisozialen und psychopathischen Störungen
Felthous, AR, Stanford, MS & Saß, H 2018, , Forensische Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Kriminologie, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 266-278. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11757-018-0491-2

A test of the psychometric characteristics of the BIS-Brief among three groups of youth
Mathias, CW, Stanford, MS, Liang, Y, Goros, M, Charles, NE, Sheftall, AH, Mullen, J, Hill-Kapturczak, N, Acheson, A, Olvera, RL & Dougherty, DM 2018, , Psychological Assessment, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 847-856. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000531

Heightened early-attentional stimulus orienting and impulsive action in men with antisocial personality disorder
Lijffijt, M, Lane, SD, Mathew, SJ, Stanford, MS & Swann, AC 2017, , European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 267, no. 7, pp. 697-707. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00406-016-0734-1

Emotion dysregulation as an underlying mechanism of impulsive aggression: Reviewing empirical data to inform treatments for veterans who perpetrate violence
Miles, SR, Sharp, C, Tharp, AT, Stanford, MS, Stanley, M, Thompson, KE & Kent, TA 2017, , Aggression and Violent Behavior, vol. 34, pp. 147-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2017.01.017

5-HTTLPR and DISC1 risk genotypes for elevated PTSD symptoms in US military veterans
Young, KA, Morissette, SB, Jamroz, R, Meyer, EC, Stanford, MS, Wan, L & Kimbrel, NA 2017, , World Psychiatry, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 109-110. https://doi.org/10.1002/wps.20359

Two Way Prayer: A Lost Tool for Practicing the 11th Step
Wigmore, B & Stanford, MS 2017, , Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 71-82. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347324.2016.1256717

Clergy Perceptions of Sexual Assault Victimization
Yuvarajan, E & Stanford, MS 2016, , Violence Against Women, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 588-608. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801215605919

A proposed algorithm for the pharmacotherapy of impulsive aggression
Felthous, AR & Stanford, MS 2015, , Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 456-467.

Contagious yawning and psychopathy
Rundle, BK, Vaughn, VR & Stanford, MS 2015, , Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 86, pp. 33-37. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.05.025

A church-based peer-led group intervention for mental illness
Rogers, EB & Stanford, MS 2015, , Mental Health, Religion and Culture, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 470-481. https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2015.1077560

Looking for Trouble? Processing of Physical and Social Threat Words in Impulsive and Premeditated Aggression
Helfritz-Sinville, LE & Stanford, MS 2015, , Psychological Record, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 301-314. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40732-014-0106-z