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Psychology of Religion and Spirituality ® publishes peer-reviewed, original articles related to the psychological aspects of religion and spirituality.
The journal publishes articles employing experimental and correlational methods, qualitative analyses, and critical reviews of the literature. Papers evaluating clinically relevant issues surrounding training, professional development, and practice are also considered.
Full length research reports, literature reviews, and brief reports are all published.
Ralph L. Piedmont
Loyola University Maryland
Chris J. Boyatzis
Gina M. Brelsford
Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Elizabeth L. Hall
Mark M. Leach
University of Louisville
Kenneth J. Linfield
Crystal L. Park
University of Connecticut
Anthony (Tony) Scioli
Keene State College
Azusa Pacific University
Amy L. Ai
Florida State University, Tallahassee
Saba Rasheed Ali
The University of Iowa
Justin L. Barrett
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Jacob A. Belzen
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Indiana State University
C. Robert Cloninger
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Michael J. Donahue
Institute for the Psychological Sciences
Leslie J. Francis
The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Ralph W. Hood Jr.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Kevin L. Ladd
Indiana University South Bend
Douglas A. MacDonald
University of Detroit Mercy
Bowling Green State University
Jacqueline S. Mattis
New York University
Brian H. McCorkle
Mark R. McMinn
George Fox University
Teachers College, Columbia University
Raymond F. Paloutzian
Kenneth I. Pargament
Bowling Green State University
Paul E. Priester
North Park University
P. Scott Richards
Brigham Young University
Wade C. Rowatt
Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Lewis Z. Schlosser
Seton Hall University
Edward P. Shafranske
Martin F. Sherman
Loyola University Maryland
Timothy B. Smith
Brigham Young University
Leonard T. Sperry
Florida Atlantic University
Joseph E. G. Williams
Eastern Illinois University
Everett L. Worthington Jr.
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality®
- American Theological Library Association Religion Database
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index
- Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Psychology
- Current contents: Arts & Humanities
- Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Journal Citations Report: Social Sciences Edition
- Social Sciences Citation Index
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Ralph L. Piedmont, PhD
Pastoral Counseling Department
Loyola College in Maryland - Graduate Studies
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD 21045
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Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
- Authored Book:
Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
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