Psychology of Religion
I am fascinated by the psychological aspects of religiosity and spirituality and the implications of these for clinical (psychotherapeutic) work. One area I have investigated is the effectiveness of a common religiously-tailored therapy, Christian therapy. In other work, I helped develop a scale of religious commitment and explored the use of religion and spirituality in therapy from the therapists' perspectives.
Worthington, E.L., Jr., Wade, N.G., Hight, T.L., Ripley, J.S., McCullough, M.E., Berry, J.W., Schmitt, M.M., Berry, J.T., Bursley, K.H., O’Connor, L. (2003). The Religious Commitment Inventory-10: Development, refinement, and validation of a brief measure for research and counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50, 84-96.
Johnson, C.V., Hayes, J., & Wade, N.G. (2007). Psychotherapy with troubled spirits: A consensual qualitative investigation of spiritual problems in therapy. Psychotherapy Research, 17, 450-460.