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Interpretation and assessment of quantitative methods in religious studies.
Application of findings in the social scientific study of religion to pastoral counselling, spiritual direction and consulting to religious groups and organisations.
Matching mindfulness and meditation methods to personality type.
Biography / Academic Background
I received my PhD in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary and my MSc in clinical psychology from the Edinburgh University.
Prior to joining Laurier, I taught the psychology of religion at York University and practised as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, and at the Southdown Institute, Aurora, which provides psychological treatment, spiritual wellness and prevention programs for clergy and vowed religious.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
The main focus of my research is the psychology of individual religious differences: how personality differences relate to the ways religion, spirituality, and other world-views shows up in the lives of individuals and communities.
Awards and Achievements
Ontario Association for the Application Personality Type: Founding Member and Director Award (1999).
Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam Award for representing Buddhism at World Religions Conference (2003, 2010 and 2014).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students interested in psychological approaches to the study of religion in both individual and community aspects.
“Buddhism, Healing and Pastoral Care,” with R. Doering in Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul, ed. T. O’Connor. Waterloo Lutheran Seminary: Waterloo, ON., pp 83–96, 2014.
Felicity Kelcourse and Christopher Ross, “Personality, Individuation, Mindfulness” in Transforming Wisdom, Eds. Felicity Kelcourse & K. Brynolf Lyon, 76-95, Cascade: Oregon. August.
“Type-wise: Using Jung’s Theory of Psychological Types in Teaching Religious Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Students.” In Teaching Jung, ed. Kelly Bulkeley and Clodagh Weldon, Oxford University Press, pp. 127–150, 2011.
“Type patterns among evangelical Protestants in Ontario.” Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 2012, 15, 997–1007, with Paul D. G. Bramer.
“New Kadampa Buddhists and Jungian psychological type.” Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 2012, 15, 1055–1064, Christopher Silver and Leslie J. Francis.
“My Hero, My Friend: Exploring Honduran Youths' Lived Experience of the God-Individual Relationship.” International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2012, 17, 137–151, with Monique B. Mitchell, Christopher F. Silver.
“Jungian typology and religion: a perspective from North America.” Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 2011, 22, 166–191.
“The role of archetypes and Jungian personality typology in building religious community: applying John Beebe’s eight process archetypal model through a case study of the extraverted intuitive type with introverted feeling (ENFP).” Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 2011, 22, 316–345.