Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience,
Program Director, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program
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Dr. Elkins’ research interest include: Mind-Body interventions, health psychology, hypnosis, prayer, psychosocial oncology, and brief psychological assessment instruments.
His research interest also includes study of prayer and health. Recent research has suggested that prayer may be among the most frequently used ways of coping with chronic illness and distress. However, the effect of prayer on immunity, physical well-being, and psychological distress has not been adequately investigated. A feasibility study is presently being completed on disclosure during prayer and the immune system. Future studies in this area will likely target the effect of expressing thoughts and feelings during prayer on physiologically measured and emotional outcomes.
Non-Resident Scholar, Psychology
University of California, Davis
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Robert Emmons Vitae
Dr. Emmons’ research is at the interface of personality, psychology and religion. Emphasis is on the measurement of personal strivings as determinants of subjective quality of life outcomes. Primary issues are (1) how religiousness and spirituality reflect core aspects of the self and identity, and (2) how these aspects of the self are involved in well-being and personality coherence and integration over time. Dr. Emmons is a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of the Psychology of Religion, and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the American Academy of Religion. He is the author of The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality. His research is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Resident Scholar, Philosophy
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Stephen C. Evans Vitae
C. Stephen Evans was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1969 and his PhD from Yale University in philosophy in 1974. He is currently University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University. Dr. Evan’s most recent book is Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments (Oxford, 2010). His other published works include Kierkegaard’s Ethic of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Obligations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), and Passionate Reason: Making Sense of Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1992). More popular recent works include Why Believe? (Eerdmans) and Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics (InterVarsity Press).