Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, cognition and emotion. The Santa Clara psychology department believesactions, thoughts and feelings are best understood as the result of psychological, neurological, developmental, social and cultural influences. The composition of the faculty reflects this broad approach, with members who specialize in clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, learning, neuropsychology, and social psychology.

The psychology department places a strong emphasis on empirical methods of inquiry. All faculty members have active research programs, and we encourage undergraduates to get involved. Each year a large number of our majors present papers at professional conferences, and many students co-author articles in professional journals. Permanent laboratories maintained by the department include a health psychology lab, an animal lab, and a sleep lab.

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Submissions from 2017

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A Survey of Ethics Training in Undergraduate Psychology Programs at Jesuit Universities, Thomas G. Plante and Selena Pistoresi

Submissions from 2016

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Evaluation of “Out-of-the-Box” ​textbook ​technology ​supplements on ​student ​learning, Matthew C. Bell, Patricia M. Simone, and Lisa C. Whitfield

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Spacing effect in older and younger adults: Does context matter?, Katherine E. Bercovitz, Matthew C. Bell, Patricia M. Simone, and Melody Wiseheart

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Beyond Mindfulness: Expanding Integration of Spirituality and Religion into Psychotherapy, Thomas G. Plante

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Nurturing Compassion Development Among College Students: A Longitudinal Study, Thomas G. Plante and Katherine Halman

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Psychometric Properties of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale, Thomas G. Plante and Jesus Mejia

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Couple Therapy, K. R. Stephenson, Kieran T. Sullivan, and A. Christensen

Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Relationship Science and Couple Interventions, Kieran T. Sullivan and Erika E. Lawrence

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Relationship science and interventions: Where we are and where we are going, Kieran T. Sullivan and Erika E. Lawrence

Submissions from 2015

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Failure of online quizzing to improve performance in introductory psychology courses, Matthew C. Bell, Patricia M. Simone, and Lisa C. Whitfield

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Relationship education and marital satisfaction in newlywed couples: A propensity score analysis., Rebecca J. Cobb and Kieran T. Sullivan

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Culture Shapes Whether the Pursuit of Happiness PredictsHigher or Lower Well-Being, Brett Q. Ford, Julia O. Dmitrieva, Daniel Heller, Yulia Chentsova-Dutton, Igor Grossmann, Maya Tamir, Yukiko Uchida, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Victoria A. Floerke, Meike Uhrig, Tatiana Bokhan, and Iris B. Mauss

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Four lessons learned from treatingCatholic priest sex offenders, Thomas G. Plante

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Compassion development in higher education, Roxanne Rashedi, Thomas G. Plante, and Erin S. Callister

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Physical aggression, compromised social support, and 10-year marital outcomes: Testing a relational spillover model, Kieran T. Sullivan, Lauri A. Pasch, Erika E. Lawrence, and Thomas N. Bradbury

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Psychological well-being of Roman Catholic and Episcopal clergy applicants, Shannon Nicole Thomas and Thomas G. Plante

Submissions from 2014

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Focusing on the negative: Cultural differences in expressions of sympathy, Birgit Koopmann-Holm and Jeanne L. Tsai

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The Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (SCSORF): A validation study on Iranian Muslim patients undergoing dialysis, Amir H. Pakpour, Thomas G. Plante, Mohsen Saffari, and Bengt Fridlund

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Modeling science and faith integration may be more powerful than words. Reflections on "The study of science in Catholic higher education in the United States: A modern nuisance?", Thomas Plante

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Four steps to improve religious/spiritual competence in professional psychology, Thomas G. Plante

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If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen: A reflection on “Student beliefs, multiculturalism, and client welfare.”, Thomas G. Plante

Vineyard workers need to be healthy, happy, and nurtured to tend God’s vines: Reflections on “The Development of Persons,” 33 years later, Thomas G. Plante

Does faith that does justice education improve compassion?, Thomas G. Plante and E. Callister

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The influence of exercise environment and gender on mood and exertion, Thomas G. Plante, Marily A. Opezzo, L. Aislinn Diaz, Selena Pistoresi, Michael Santos, Jacqueline E. Fahey, Elizabeth Kay, Briana Britton, and Suheel Khan

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Choosing a physician depends on how you want to feel: The role of ideal affect in health-related decision making, Tamara Sims, Jeanne L. Tsai, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Ewart A.C. Thomas, and Mary K. Goldstein

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The problem is my partner: Treating couples when one partner wants the other to change, Kieran T. Sullivan and Joanne Davila

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Within-session spacing improves delayed recall in children, Jessica R. Zigterman, Matthew C. Bell, and Patricia M. Simone

Submissions from 2013

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Long-term memory, sleep, and the spacing effect, Matthew C. Bell, Nader Kawadri, Patricia M. Simone, and Melody Wiseheart

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Roman Catholic gay priests: Internalized homophobia, sexual identity, and psychological well-being, Stephan Kappler, Kristin A. Hancock, and Thomas G. Plante

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The negative feelings that people want to avoid: Cultural differences and consequences for compassion, Birgit Koopmann-Holm

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Buddhist-inspired meditation increases the value of calm, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Jocelyn Sze, Camaron Ochs, and Jeanne L. Tsai

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A call for life long spiritual and psychological formation of priests, Thomas G. Plante

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Balancing personal and professional, faith and work, ideal and reality: a response to Paul Mariani, Thomas G. Plante

Consultation with religious institutions, Thomas G. Plante

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Get rich u or get transformed u: reflections on Catholic liberal arts education in the 21st century, Thomas G. Plante

Institutional child sexual abuse: What can we learn from the sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church?, Thomas G. Plante

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The effect of visual suggestion on exercise motivation and outcomes, Thomas G. Plante, Ashley Morisako, Justine Folk, Elizabeth Kay, Caroline Read, Ashley Dunn, Angel Perez, and Eleanor Willemsen

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Towards an understanding of the endogenous nature of group identification in games, John Smith and Katerina Bezrukova

Submissions from 2012

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Assessing metacognitive skills in waking and sleep: A psychometric analysis of the metacognitive, affective, cognitive experience (MACE) questionnaire, Tracey L. Kahan and Kieran T. Sullivan

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Spiritual modeling self-efficacy, Doug Oman, Carl E. Thoresen, Crytsal L. Park, Phillip R. Shaver, Ralph W. Hood, and Thomas G. Plante

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Fruit of Faith, Fruit of the Spirit, Thomas G. Plante

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Fruit of the Spirit: Next Steps, Thomas G. Plante

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Goodness, Thomas G. Plante

Levels of explanation approach to Jake: Using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual and evidence based model, Thomas G. Plante

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The 2005 Vatican instruction on homosexuality in seminaries: Are we in a "don't ask, don't tell" world on this topic?, Thomas G. Plante

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Spirituality, religion, and psychological counseling, Thomas G. Plante and C. E. Thoresen

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Diminished but not forgotten: Effects of aging on magnitude of spacing effect benefits, Patricia M. Simone, Matthew C. Bell, and Nicholas J. Cepeda

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Frailty, leisure activity and functional status in older adults: Relationship with subjective well being, Patricia M. Simone and Amie L. Haas

Submissions from 2011

Possible worlds, possible selves: Dreaming and the liberation of consciousness, Tracey L. Kahan

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Dreaming and waking: Similarities and differences revisited, Tracey L. Kahan and Stephen P. LaBerge