Anthony O. Nwachukwu, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Anthony O. Nwachukwu is Professor of Counseling Psychology and West African Studies and Chair of the New York City Ph.D. Thesis Defense Panel.  Father Anthony has also been appointed Consulting Faculty to the Bureau of West African Scholars.  His areas of research, writing and teaching include ethics, religion, spirituality and psychology. Dr. Nwachukwu has taught at Ibiam Girl’s School, Afikpo, Abia State, Nigeria.   He has taught Latin in Bigard Memorial Major Seminary (Nigeria) as well as a wide range of courses in religion at St. Peter Claver and Mater Ecclesia Seminaries, both in Nigeria. Ordained a priest in 1987, Dr. Nwachukwu is Nigerian and has served as pastor for thirteen years in Nigeria, during which time he published serveral works of scholarship. In 2008, he was awarded the Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the GTF. He holds the B.A. Honors in Divinity and Philosophy from the Bigard Memorial Seminary (an affiliated institution of the Urbanian University in Rome), the Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Technology and the Master of Education in Educational Philosophy from Imo State University, the Master of Divinity from the Catholic Institute of West Africa, the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the Federal University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and the Doctor of Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation. 

In 2016, Dr. Nwachukwu was inducted as a Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation in recognition of his many years of service to the GTF as Professor of Counseling Psychology and West African Studies and in appreciation of his outstanding service as Chair of the New York City Doctoral Defense Panel. Dr. Nwachukwu is a certified Chaplain member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and has served for over seven years in the New York University Medical Center, and was the first chaplain to be the recipient of the Safety Team Award by the Nursing Department of the Medical Center. Dr Nwachukwu has recently been certified in New York as a Mediator in Conflict and Resolution, in addition to being  a Retreat Moderator, First Assistant Administrator of Mater Ecclesia Diocese, a Theological Vicariate Examiner, and Judge in the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal (Ahiara, Nigeria). 
  • Questions and Answers in Philosophy (1982)
  • CABIA: The Church and the Bible which First? (1992)
  • LOVE Biko Bia: Is Love a Risk? (1993)
  • Call no one on Earth your Father' Matt. 23:9. Why Rev. Fathers? [1993]
  • Igba Nkwu Nwanyi And the Church: Where Do we Stand. A talk first 
         delivered to KSM, Aba Diocese, Nigeria (1994)
  • FIRE: The Active Life of the Spirit (1994)
  • ENVY: A Deadly Sickness, has only one Medicine (Part 1) - 1994
  • What a Model is Mary, the Mother of Jesus (1995). A talk first delivered
          to the COMITIUM. The Legion of Mary, Kano State, Nigeria
  • Whose Cross and whose Glory? (1996)
  • Christ at 2000 Years in Nigeria, Has His Coming Become a Failure: Why
         Mary's Apparitions Now?? (1997)
  • The Devil Has Come To Church (Part 1)-1998
  • The 50 Steps To Happy Marriage (1999) & Reprinted 2001. A talk first
         given to The Catholic Women Organization of Nigeria
  • Salvation in African Context (2002)
  • Keeping Human Relationships Together: A Guide to Healthy Living-To 
          be published this year  
  • Keeping Human Relationships Together: Self Guide to Healthy Living (NY: iUniverse Publishers, 2010).
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic (Diocesan)
General Areas of Interests
  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Theology
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Ecclesiastical History
  • Liturgy
Specialized Areas
  • Liturgy & Spirituality
  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Spiritual Psychology
  • West African Studies, Culture and Traditional Religion
  • Catholic Moral Theology (Ethics)
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