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Felisha Younkin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dr. Felisha Younkin joined the faculty at Cedarville in 2016 after working as a family therapist in the Eating Disorder Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and teaching adjunct at The Ohio State University. Her research interests are how people balance autonomy and relatedness in relationships and how parents can help their adolescents recover from eating disorders. She teaches writing and research courses to prepare students for graduate work. She loves learning more about God through His Word, and one of the verses that serves as the foundation for her work is Proverbs 24:3-4: “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Education and Credentials

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University

B.S. in International Studies, Latin American Studies, Miami University

Scholarly Works

  • Differentiation and Relationship Satisfaction: Mediating Effects of Alcohol Use (Felisha L. Younkin) Faculty Dissertations (2013)
  • Advancing Medical Family Therapy Through Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed-Methods Research (Tai Mendenhall, Keely Pratt, Kenneth Phelps, et al.) Psychology Faculty Publications (2014)
  • Family Distance Regulation and School Engagement in Middle-School-Aged Children (Suzanne Bartle-Haring, Felisha L. Younkin and Randal Day) Family Relations (2012)
  • Stress and Sleep Quality: Mediating Effects of Social Support (Felisha L. Younkin, Elizabeth A. Axtell and Chelsea R. Anderton) The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2017)
  • Sibling Relationship: A Qualitative Study of Siblings Attending University Together (Ashley M. Belles, Michaela E. Holloway and Felisha L. Younkin) 29th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) (2017)

View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Going on adventures with my family
  • Quilting
  • Reading
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Why Cedarville: I am so excited to be in a place where I can learn and freely talk about God and his Word. I love getting to know the students and being a part of preparing them for what God has for them in their future—it is a wonderful privilege.