Join us virtually or come early to Atlanta to participate in person in the Hyatt conference hotel, Chicago rooms ABC.

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. 


  • Shigehiro Oishi (Keynote Address)
  • Allon Vishkin
  • David Newman
  • Merve Balkaya-Ince
  • Salman Ahmad
  • Merranda McLaughlin
  • Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi

Preconference Organizers

Daryl Van Tongeren, vantongeren@hope.edu, Hope College
Patty Van Cappellen, patty.vancappellen@duke.edu, Duke University
Kathryn Johnson, kathryn.a.johnson@asu.edu, Arizona State University
Jordan LaBouff, Jordan.labouff@umit.maine.edu, University of Maine


Thanks to a generous donation from The John Templeton Foundation, we are pleased to offer complimentary registration for a limited number of students attending the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Preconference. Please use the code 23Rel100% for free registration for this preconference. Please register soon to reserve your spot.


This precon is accepting submissions for all presentation formats. All submissions must be completed by 11:59 PM PT on Nov. 15. If you have questions, you may email precons@spsp.org or the preconference organizer listed above.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.