faculty

Raymond F. Paloutzian, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
(805) 565-6233

Office Location

Winter Hall 124

Office Available

By Appointment

Specialization(s)

Psychology of Religion, Social Psychology

Biography/Details

Raymond F. Paloutzian (PhD, Claremont Graduate School) is Professor Emeritus of experimental and social psychology, Westmont College (1981-2007), and was consultant to the Religion, Experience, and Mind (REM) Lab Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He was Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.  He is Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association and its Divisions of the Psychology of Religion, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Psychology of Teaching, General Psychology, and International Psychology.  Ray edited The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion (1998-2016). He co-edited Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (Springer, 2010), the Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 2nd ed. (Guilford, 2013), Process of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions (Springer, 2017), and Assessing Spirituality in a Diverse World (Springer, 2021).  He has given invited talks on "The Psychology of Religion in Global Perspective" in various countries around the world, and recently aided research with refugees in Turkey from the war in Syria.  His textbook Invitation to the Psychology of Religion (1st ed., 1983; 3rd ed., 2017, Guilford) helped establish psychology of religion in its modern period.

 

 

Books:

Ai, A. L., Wink, P., Paloutzian, R. F.,  & Harris, K. A. (Eds.) (2021). Assessing spirituality in a diverse world.  Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.

Paloutzian, R. F. (2017). Invitation to the psychology of religion, 3rd. ed. New York: Guilford.

Angel, H.-F., Oviedo, L. Paloutzian, R. F., Runihov, A. L. C., & Seitz, R. J. (Eds.) (2017). Processes of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (Eds.) (2013). Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality, 2nd ed. New York, NY. Guilford.

Kalayjian, A., & Paloutzian, R. F. (Eds.).  (2010). Forgiveness and reconciliation: Psychological pathways for conflict transformation and peace building New York, NY: Springer.

Paloutzian, R. F., & Park, C. L. (Eds.) (2005). Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality. New York, NY. Guilford.  Translated into Turkish (2013) and Chinese (2015).

Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion, 2nd. ed. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Paloutzian, R.F. (1983). Invitation to the psychology of religion. Glenview, IL, Scott, Foresman.