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||Name and Title
Christopher T. Burris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
St. Jerome's University (federated with University of Waterloo)
Email AddressResearch Interests
Dept. of Psychology, St. Jerome's
University, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G3 CANADA
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.
- 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-
- 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-
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs Taught
Psychoanalytic, Motivation and Emotion, Mental Health and Psychopathology, Social
Relevant Degrees or Certificates Available at Institution
Psychology of Religious Experience;
Psychology of Evil
Undergraduate Studies in Personality and Religion
certificate available through St. Paul's College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo