This preconference explores social psychological research on religion and spirituality to understand when, why, and how religion/spirituality affects cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes. Integrating empirically-based cutting-edge research with interdisciplinary approaches, this preconference showcases state-of-the-field theory, methods, and research that advances a rich and diverse scientific study of religion and spirituality. This year, our focus is to highlight the diversity of scientific approaches to and traditions within the psychology of religion and spirituality. As religions continue to be a central part of social life across cultures, this preconference showcases the very best cutting-edge research across a wide range of human phenomena intersecting with religion and spirituality. Once again, to encourage field-building, we anticipate fully funding graduate student registration fees with support from The John Templeton Foundation. 

Preconference Organizers

Daryl Van Tongeren,, Hope College
Patty Van Cappellen,, Duke University
Kathryn Johnson,, Arizona State University
Jordan LaBouff,, University of Maine


We will begin accepting submissions for our 2023 preconferences on Sept. 1. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM ET on Nov. 15.
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