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Dr. David Boan (PhD 1978, Clinical Psychology, Rosemead Graduate School at Biola University, California) started his career practicing clinical psychology in California, USA. His work included starting church-based counseling centers and providing professional support to pastors.  After 18 years in clinical practice he became the Vice President of Research for the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care where he guided the use of behavioral science to improve quality and safety of healthcare.   

In 2010 Dr. Boan joined the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) as Co-Director and associate professor of psychology in the graduate school of psychology.  His work focused on church-based community resilience in the developing world, in, including Kenya, Philippines, Haiti, and Japan.  He trained chaplains and pastors in the Ukraine (in partnership with REALIS and Ukraine Catholic University), developed models for community-based child trauma care in Haiti, and demonstrated community advocacy and resilience building through faith partnerships in Guiuan, Philippines. 

In January 2016 Dr. Boan first became the Director of Humanitarian Advocacy for the World Evangelical Alliance, which was expanded in 2019 to Director of Relief and Development.  This role emphasizes training, research and capacity building that helps national and regional evangelical alliances respond to humanitarian crises.  This includes serving as WEA technical liaison to affiliate members, such as World Vision, World Relief, and Micah Global.  He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Northwest Nazarene University (Boise, Idaho) where he teaches humanitarianism.  His most recent work is on trauma, the church and community resilience in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Rwanda. He is the author of more than 40 professional publications and several books on disasters, trauma, resilience and the church. He lives in Boise Idaho with his wife Andrea.  They have two grown children and six grandchildren.