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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
      Raymond F. Paloutzian, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
      Editor, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Institutional Affiliation
      Westmont College
Mailing Address
      Department of Psychology, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, California 93108-1099, USA
Email AddressResearch Interests
      A long-standing research interest focuses on the process of religious conversion and its consequences, including its effect on the life meaning and redirection. Other research interests include various relationships between religiousness and spiritual well-being and with mental and physical health outcome measures. Of special interest is the question of what happens to people's thinking when they are confronted with information inconsistent with deeply-held beliefs. These are approached from a general experimental social psychological orientation.
Representative Publications
    • Paloutzian, R.F. (1996). Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, 2nd. edition. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
    • Paloutzian, R.F., Richardson, J.T., & Rambo, L.R. (1999). Religious conversion and personality change. Journal of Personality, 67(6), 1047-1079.
    • Paloutzian, R.F. & Kirkpatrick, L.K. (1995). Introduction: The scope of religious influences on personal and societal well-being. Journal of Social Issues, 51(2), 1-11.
    • Bufford, R.K., Paloutzian, R.F., & Ellison, C.W. (1991). Norms for the spiritual well-being scale. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 19, 56-70.
Research Keywords
      Social psychology, measurement, developmental, cognitive
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs Taught
      : Psychology of Religion
Relevant Degrees or Certificates Available at Institution
      B.A., B.S.
Languages Spoken
      English

 

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