The psychology of religion and spirituality is a core focus of our lab. Some of the issues we have been examining recently include the influence of specific beliefs on well-being, the reciprocal changes of religiousness/spirituality and appraisals of stressful events, and the potential moderating influences of religiousness/spirituality of links between stress and mental and physical health. One current study funded by the Templeton Foundation involves developing religion-specific measures of meaning making to provide more in-depth understanding of the roles of religion in making meaning of suffering; another Templeton-funded study is examining the processes by which people seek divine forgiveness after committing a moral transgression. Another current project (supported by the Issachar Fund) seeks to better understand scientific versus religious meaning systems.
Park, C. L., Hall, M. E. L., McMartin, J., Silverman, E. J., Kapic, K.,, Shannonhouse, L., & Aten, J. (in press). Religious affiliation moderates associations between theodicies and mental health in people experiencing significant suffering from bereavement, illness and other Stressors. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture.
Park, C. L., & Wilt, J. (in press). Interplay among daily gratitude to God, hassles and uplifts, and positive and negative affect. Journal of Positive Psychology.
Park, C. L, Kwan, J., & Gnall, K. E. (2023). How are relying on religion and on science to make sense of the world associated with health-related resources and behaviors and well-being? Psychology & Health.
Park, C. L. (2020). Finally, some well-deserved attention to the long-neglected dimension of religious beliefs: Suggestions for greater understanding and future research. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 191-197.