What is your educational background?
- Ph.D. Physiological Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- M.A. General/Experimental Psychology, Marquette University
- B.A. Psychology, Greenville College
What are the main focuses of your research?
The main focuses of my research are cognitive science and neuroscience of religion; psychology of religion; and personhood, self, identity.
What specific courses or specialties do you teach?
I teach Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Research Methods, Sensation and Perception, and Science and Religion
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Be interested in and open to new ideas, even ideas that might make you uncomfortable. There is a unity, an undivided truth, a oneness at the heart of things. Integrity, honesty, and humility. These are good virtues to pursue as one attempts to integrate psychological science with one’s faith, and I try to show these qualities as I interact with students in and out of the classroom.
- Questions in the psychology of religion. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017.
- "Cognitive science: A perspective on spirituality and religious experience." In Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2012.
- "Biology of spirituality." Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 2010.
- Explorations in neuroscience, psychology and religion. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2007.
- "Physiological mechanisms involved in religiosity/spirituality and health." Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2007.
- "God and the brain: Neuroscience looks at religion." Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 2005.
- "The role of religion and spirituality in mental and physical health." Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2001.
- "Manipulation of NMDA-receptor activity alters extinction of an instrumental response in rats." Physiology & Behavior, 1998.
- "Prior instrumental conditioning improves spatial cognition and attenuates changes in hippocampal function in aged rats." Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 1996.
Is there any additional personal experience you would like for us to share?
I enjoy reading, playing basketball, cooking, going out to eat, and sailing. I have one wife (Ginny), one son (Adam), one daughter-in-law (Kate), and one grandson (Henry).