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This information is made available in order to facilitate research, mentorship, and teaching opportunities among scholars interested in the psychological study of religion. ALL other uses are prohibited. Name and Title
      Christopher T. Burris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
Institutional Affiliation
      St. Jerome's University (federated with University of Waterloo)
Mailing Address
      Dept. of Psychology, St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G3 CANADA
Email AddressResearch Interests
      With respect to psychology of religion research, most of my work has focused on the religious orientation constructs emerging from the Allport and Batson traditions (e.g., intrinsic, extrinsic, quest). In particular, I have attempted to articulate the links between these motivational constructs and religious group identity. Trained as a social psychologist, I am particularly interested in taking experimental or quasi-experimental approaches to research problems whenever possible. I have also been working on a new theory of the self most recently that I certainly expect to have implications for religion, although the data I have collectedthus far is extremely limited.
Representative Publications
    • Burris, C. T., Jackson, L. M., Tarpley, W. R., & Smith, G. (1996). Religion as quest: The self-directed pursuit of meaning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22, 1068-1076.
    • Burris, C. T., & Tarpley, W. R. (1998). Religion as being: Preliminary validation of the Immanence scale. Journal of Research in Personality, 32, 55-79.
    • Burris, C. T., & Jackson, L. M. (1999). Hate the sin/love the sinner...or love the hater? Intrinsic religion and responses to partner abuse. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 38, 160- 174.
    • Burris, C. T., & Jackson, L. M. (2000). Social identity and the true believer: Responses to threatened self-stereotypes among the intrinsically religious. British Journal of Social Psychology 39, 257- 278.
Research Keywords
      Psychoanalytic, Motivation and Emotion, Mental Health and Psychopathology, Social
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs Taught
      Psychology of Religious Experience; Psychology of Evil
Relevant Degrees or Certificates Available at Institution
      Undergraduate Studies in Personality and Religion certificate available through St. Paul's College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo
Languages Spoken
      English

 

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