Gerdenio  Manuel

Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Ph.D.


Fr. Gerdenio (Sonny) Manuel, S.J. is Director of USF's Saint Ignatius Institute and Professor of Psychology. He is also the Provincial Assistant for Higher Education and Prefect of Studies for the California Province of the Jesuits.
Fr. Manuel's areas of scholarship include coping with stress and traumatic life events and the relationship of psychology, faith, and religious life. He is the author of Living Celibacy, Healthy Pathways for Priests published by Paulist Press. His teaching interests include positive psychology, abnormal psychology, and clinical psychology.
He is a recipient of the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus life" and an American Council on Education Fellowship for Leadership in Higher Education.
He has served on the Executive Committees and the Boards of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, Fordham University, and Santa Clara University. He currently serves on the Loyola Marymount Board of Trustees.
He has held the positions of Director of Vocations, Director of Jesuits in Formation, and the Director of Strategic Planning for the California Province of the Jesuits.
A licensed psychologist in California, Fr. Manuel completed his clinical internship at Cambridge City Hospital, Harvard Medical School where he was also an Advanced Clinical Fellow. He received his Doctorate in Psychology from Duke University in 1985, Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1978, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Francisco in 1971.