Ph.D. Candidates

Melvin Poindexter-Miller

Field of Study: Psychology & Religion; Homiletics


B.A., Columbia University
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary



Research Focus:
Melvin’s research focuses on depth psychology, psychoanalytic theory, coaching and pastoral care and counseling. He is concerned with the practical and theoretical approaches to healing, transformation, and personal development through the utilization of experiential learning. He uses an interdisciplinary methodology to distinguish the place where psychological therapy and emerging coaching techniques either help and/or harm individuals seeking psychological, spiritual or emotional care.

Background & Activities:
Melvin Poindexter-Miller is a recognized trainer, coach, preacher and creative artist, who has extensive experience designing and delivering programs and workshops concerning a variety of topics; particularly around the distinctions of leadership, diversity, social innovation, corporate responsibility, personal transformation and healing, contribution, radical inclusion, social justice and youth/young adult development.

Mr. Poindexter-Miller previously served as senior consultant for Nike on their regional, national and global programming for social innovation and corporate responsibility. He has delivered presentations and led workshops and trainings for NGOs, corporations and government organizations. Some of which include Google, Mattel, AARP, The U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches, The NYC Mayor’s Office, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, and New York Universities, The United Nations, The World Council of Churches, The American Heart Association, and The Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America.

He is an ordained minister and formerly served on the staffs of The Riverside Church in New York City as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults under the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. and as the Associate Minister for Social Justice, Congregational Care/Counseling and Communications at Fort Washington Collegiate Church in New York City. Mr. Miller completed his internship in Clinical Pastoral Education at NYU-Medical Center and his residency at Hartford Hospital. He serves as Master Trainer and Partner at Momentum Education.

Mr. Miller has presented and performed nationally and internationally and collaborated professionally with artists, producers, activists and theologians such as Debbie Allen, Andre León Talley, Alice Walker, John Hope Bryant, Reginald Yates, Cissy Houston, A. Curtis Farrow, Dr. Hyun Yun Chung, Alice Walker, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and The Dalai Lama. He continues to deliver trainings, workshops, speeches, sermons, and lectures nationally and internationally.

Teaching Fellow: Introduction to Spiritual/Pastoral Care with Dr. Pamela Cooper-White
Teaching Fellow: Pastoral Listening – Practicum with Dr. Pamela Cooper-White
Guest Lecturer: Introduction to Transformational Leadership with Dr. Lorena Parrish (New Brunswick Theological Seminary)
Instructor: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Coaching and Facilitation (Momentum Education)