Matthew Stanford (Ph.D., Baylor University) is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, and he teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Stanford is the author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness, along with The Biology of Sin: Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped, and Grace for the Children: Finding Hope in the Midst of Child and Adolescent Mental Illness. He is co-founder and has served as the executive director of the Grace Alliance, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides services and support to individuals living with serious mental illness and their families. An international speaker, Stanford’s research on the interplay between psychology and faith has been featured in publications including, The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today. He is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Mental Health Advisory Group, The American Association of Christian Counselors, and the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute Advisory Council. Dr. Stanford and his wife, Julie, have four children and reside in Houston.