Michael Firmin

Michael Firmin, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology


The Cedarville University family grieves the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. Michael Firmin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, due to a heart attack on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Dr. Firmin served faithfully at Cedarville since 1998 as faculty member, department chair, and colleague. He has been a prolific scholar, regularly publishing in his field, editing a journal, and directing numerous conferences. He worked tirelessly with students to help them prepare research for presentation and publication. He was committed to biblical integration and maintained a rigorous study of the Word of God and Koine Greek. Dr. Firmin's high standards, vast array of interests, and dedication to scholarship were unrivaled. His commitment to the success of Cedarville was unequaled. We mourn the loss of Dr. Firmin and are praying for his wife and two daughters during this difficult time.

Dr. Michael Firmin has served as a full-time psychology faculty member at Cedarville since 1998. He serves as Editor for the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research (JEQR) and directs the 30th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research (EQRC) Conference, the 21st Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) Conference, and the 2nd Annual Conference for Academic Research in Education (CARE). Dr. Firmin has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented more than 170 papers in national, juried research conferences. He has a part-time private practice in forensic and clinical psychology. Dr. Firmin is an award-winning classroom instructor and serves as a peer-reviewer and team chair for accreditation site team visits for North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Ohio
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Scholarly Works

  • The Assessment of Differing Presentation Stimuli on Professional Ethics Judgments of Counselors-in-training (Michael W. Firmin) Faculty Dissertations (2000)
  • Behaviorism and the Nouthetic Counseling Model of Jay E. Adams (Michael W. Firmin) Faculty Dissertations (1988)
  • Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education (Patricia Brewer and Michael Firmin) Psychology Faculty Publications (2006)
  • Historical Influences on the Curriculum in Canada (Brenda B. MacKay and Michael W. Firmin) Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)  
  • Stressors Affecting Female, Undergraduate Married Students: A Qualitative Analysis (Michael W. Firmin, Ruth L. Firmin, Christine Keeports, et al.) Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Tennis
  • Racquetball
  • Chess
  • Reading
  • Tooling around in his Z3 roadster