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Institutional AffiliationMailing Address
Raymond F. Paloutzian, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Editor, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Email AddressResearch Interests
Department of Psychology, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, California 93108-1099, USA
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.
- 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.
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs TaughtRelevant Degrees or Certificates Available at InstitutionLanguages Spoken
Social psychology, measurement, developmental, cognitive