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Rob Elsner
Elsner, Robert J.F.

Adjunct Professor in Christian Counseling

Dr. Elsner is an experienced leader in evangelical theological education. Formerly Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Elsner’s work had been in Alzhemier’s Disease for many years. His first doctoral thesis was on olfaction among centenarians. He has led several international research projects regarding psychology, health, and nutrition. His DMin Dissertation focused on methods of evangelism among college students.

Dr. Elsner has lectured and consulted around the world, with dozens of peer-reviewed scholarly publications in several fields of studies. He has edited and authored several books. Formerly Editor-in-Chief of the journal Current Research in Psychology, he is on several review boards and reviewer for numerous psychology, medical, and gerontology journals. His has been a member of the American Psychological Association for over 20 years.

Appointed by Governor Nikki Haley, he has been on the State of South Carolina Board of Directors for the regional center for Disabilities and Special Needs, the Burton Center. Dr. Elsner served as Chairman of the Board for several years. He is a long time Scoutmaster, awarded District Scoutmaster of the Year, District and Council Awards of Merit, and several other leadership and religious awards.

He met his wife Betsy, a Librarian, while they were fellow students at École Le Cordon Bleu de Paris. Their daughter Lily is a graduate student at Oxford University, and their son Samuel is completing his MDiv at Erskine.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.S., M.Ed.
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.A.P.M., Erskine Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Erskine Theological Seminary
  • D.Min., Virginia Theological Seminary
Areas of Expertise

• Gerontology & Geriatrics
• Statistics and Experimental Methodologies
• Practical Ethics
• Learning and Motivation
• Leadership Studies


Ball, J., & Elsner, R. (2019). Tattoos Increase Self-Esteem among College Students. College Student Journal, 53, 293–300.

Craft, K.M., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2017). Rhythm and Lyrics of Rap Music do not Change Narcissistic Personality State. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 7, 294-296.

Ball, J., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2017). Changes in Aesthetic Appeal of Tattoos Are Influenced by the Attractiveness of Female Models. Psychology Research, 7, 247-252.

Nelson, M., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2016). Doing Art versus Viewing Art as Therapeutic Modality. Innovative Journal of Medical and Health Science, 6, 66-68.

Negrete Narvaez, P.E., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2016). Effects of Media with Violent Content on College Students’ Aggressive Reaction. Psychology Research, 6, 449-454.

Bolaños-Melgar, L., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2016). Review of Advertising in the 21st century. International Journal of Business Administration, 7(4), 67-78.

Bolaños-Melgar, L., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2015). Positive effects of self-affirmation and environmental behavioral reinforcers on fruits and vegetable consumption. European Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 4, 190-204.

Anderson, H., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2014). Exposure to “textisms” does not lower spelling scores for elementary school aged children. Current Research in Psychology, 5, 89-95.

Elsner, R.J., & Spangler, J.G. (2005). Neurotoxicity of inhaled manganese: public health danger in the shower? Medical Hypotheses, 65, 607-616.

Daly, R. M., Elsner, R. J. F., Allen, P. F. and Burke, F. M. (2003), Associations between self-reported dental status and diet. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 30, 964–970. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2842.2003.01169.x

Elsner, R.J.F. (2002). Changes in Eating Behavior During the Aging Process. Eating Behaviors, 3, 15-43.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2002). Use and limitations of olfactory tests in diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Brain Aging, 1, 8-12.

Delahunty, C., & Elsner, R.J.F. (2002) The HealthSense Project: A European Initiative with Global Impact. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 21 (3). 23-34.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2002). Cognitive compensation can overcome age-associated physiological losses in processing odors, pictures, and flavors. Brain Aging, 2, 48-52.

Forde, C.G., Cantau, B., Elsner, R.J.F., & Delahunty, C.M. (2002). Interactions Between Texture and Trigeminal Stimulus in a liquid food system: Effects On Elderly Consumers Preferences. The Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, 6, 130-133.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2001). Odor Threshold, Recognition, Discrimination, and Identification in Centenarians. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 33, 81-94.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2001). Odor Memory and Aging: A review. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 8, 284-306.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2001). Experience and medication use effect olfactorial abilities of older adults. The Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, 5, 5-10.

Elsner, R.J.F., Martin, C.A., & Delahunty, C.M. (2001). Ethically Responsible Research. Food Technology, 55 (3), 36-42.

Elsner, R.J.F., Quinn, M.E., Gueldner, S.H., Fanning, S., & Poon, L.W. (1999). Ethical and Policy Considerations for Centenarians– The Oldest-Old. Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 31, 263- 267.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2014). Chemical Senses. In S.K. Whitbourne (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

Elsner, R.J.F. (2002). Aging and Memory for Odors. In S.P. Shohov (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research Volume 14 (pp. 3-35). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Elsner, R.J.F. (1998). Voices of Experience: Listening to our Elders. Technical Report UGAGC-98-001 Athens, GA: UGA Gerontology Center.

Noble, C.A., & Elsner, R.J.F. (1997). Mentoring Future Gerontology Leaders in Higher Education. Technical Report UGAGC-97-002 Athens, GA: UGA Gerontology Center.

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