Religion and Spirituality

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 relations between positive and negative life events and gratitude to God. Another current project (supported by the Issachar Fund) seeks to better understand scientific versus religious meaning systems.


Selected Publications:

Park, C. L., & Carney, L. M. (in press). Religious head versus heart beliefs: Measurement development and validation. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Park, C. L. (in press). Intrinsic and extrinsic religious motivation:  Retrospect and prospect. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (in press). Psychology of religion and spirituality: How big the tent? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

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.

Park, C. L., Aldwin, C. M., Choun, S., & George, L. (2016). Spirituality predicts five-year mortality risk in heart failure patients. Health Psychology, 35, 203–210.