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 2021

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The role of civility and cultural humility in navigating controversial areas in psychology, Edward B. Davis, Thomas G. Plante, Melissa J. Grey, Christina Lee Kim, Darren Freeman-Coppadge, Tyler G. Lefevor, Jeffrey A. Paulez, Sulaimon Giwa, Jon Lasser, Stephen P. Stratton, Erin Deneke, and Kevin J. Glowiak

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Four positive lessons learned during the 2020–2021 COVID-19 global pandemic: Implications for spirituality in clinical practice, Thomas G. Plante

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The integration of Roman Catholic traditions and evidence-based psychological services, Thomas G. Plante

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Using the Examen, a Jesuit Prayer, in Spiritually Integrated and Secular Psychotherapy, Thomas G. Plante

Submissions from 2020

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Seeing the Whole Picture? Avoided Negative Affect and Processing of Others’ Suffering, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Kathryn Bartel, Maryam Bin Meshar, and Huiru Evangeline Yang

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Can Reading Personalized Storybooks to Children Increase Their Prosocial Behavior?, Ellen Kruse, Isabelle Faller, and Kirsten Read

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A Review of Spiritual Development and Transformation among College Students from Jesuit Higher Education, Thomas G. Plante

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Clericalism Contributes to Religious, Spiritual, and Behavioral Struggles among Catholic Priests, Thomas G. Plante

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St. Ignatius as psychotherapist? How Jesuit spirituality and wisdom can enhance psychotherapy, Thomas G. Plante

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E-books for children with autism: Best read alone or with a therapist?, Erin Soares, Therese Miller, Kathleen Ciffone, and Kirsten Read

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E-books for children with autism: Best read alone or with a therapist?, Erin Soares, Therese Miller, Kathleen Ciffone, and Kirsten Read

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Online communication and dating relationships: Effects of decreasing online communication on feelings of closeness and relationship satisfaction, Kieran T. Sullivan, Jessica Riedstra, Brenda Arellano, Bonnie Cardillo, Vanessa Kalach, and Amrita Ram

Submissions from 2019

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Compassion meditation increases optimism towards a transgressor, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Jocelyn Sze, Thupten Jinpa, and Jeanne L. Tsai

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Clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church: Dispelling eleven myths and separating facts from fiction, Thomas G. Plante

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Possible Next Steps in APA’s Civility Efforts: Moving from Civility to Hospitality, Solidarity, and to Kinship, Thomas G. Plante

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Relationship between Religion, Spirituality, and Psychotherapy: An Ethical Perspective, Thomas G. Plante

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Further Developments of the Santa Clara Ethics Questionnaire, Thomas G. Plante and Anna McCreadie

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The Santa Clara Ethics Scale, Thomas G. Plante and Anna McCreadie

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Using strategic pauses during shared reading with preschoolers: Time for prediction is better than time for reflection when learning new words, Kirsten Read, Erin Furay, and Dana Zylstra

Submissions from 2018

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Seeing beyond political affiliations: The mediating role of perceived moral foundations on the partisan similarity-liking effect, Kathryn Bruchmann, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, and Aaron Scherer

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The effects of health frame and target relevance in appearance social comparisons, Maggie L. Head and Kathryn Bruchmann

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Ethical issues and challenges working with religious individuals and organizations: Providing culturally competent professional mental health services, Thomas G. Plante

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Promoting Hope, Healing, and Wellness: Catholic Interventions in Behavioral Health Care, Thomas G. Plante and Gerdenio Manuel S.J.

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Perceived Fitness and Exercise Intensity Can Predict Exercise Enjoyment, Thomas G. Plante, Marily Oppezzo, Brendan Tran, and L. Aislinn Diaz

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Rhyme and Word Placement in Storybooks Support High-Level Verb Mapping in 3- to 5-Year-Olds, Kirsten Read and Jacqueline Quirke

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The cat has a… : Children’s use of rhyme to Guide sentence completion, Kirsten Read and Madeline Regan

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Asian Americans respond less favorably to excitement (vs. calm)-focused physicians compared to European Americans, Tamara Sims, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Henry Young, Da Jiang, Helene Fung, and Jeanne L. Tsai

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Examining the academic motivation of a diverse student population: A consideration of methodology, Tim Urdan and Kathryn Bruchmann

Submissions from 2017

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Compared to What? The Importance of Control Groups in Social Comparison Research, Kathryn Bruchmann

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The cultural shaping of compassion, Birgit Koopmann-Holm and Jeanne L. Tsai

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

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Pie, fry, why: Language play in 3- to 5-year-old children, Kirsten Read, Sarah James, and Andrew Weaver

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Responses to intimate partners’ attempts to change health behavior: The role of readiness, Kieran T. Sullivan, Lauri A. Pasch, Meredith Schreier, and Melissa Healy

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Exposure to Extrinsic Stressors, Social Defeat or Bisphenol A, Eliminates Sex Differences in DNA methyltransferase expression in the Amygdala, Emily C. Wright, Sarah A. Johnson, Rebecca Hao, Alex S. Kowalczyk, Gian D. Greenberg, Evelyn Ordoñes Sanchez, Abigail Laman-Marang, Brian C. Trainor, and Cheryl S. Rosenfeld

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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Implementation of best practices in online learning: A review and future directions, Matthew C. Bell, Patti Simone, and Lisa 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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Compassion Predictors in Undergraduates: A Catholic College Example, Erin S. Callister and Thomas G. Plante

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The third voice: Do enhanced e-books enhance the benefits of shared story reading with preschoolers?, Katie Ciffone, Andrew Weaver, and Kirsten Read

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Gene Targeting Studies of Hyperexcitability and Affective States of Alcohol Withdrawal in Rodents, Gian D. Greenberg and John C. Crabbe

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Nest building is a novel method for indexing severity of alcohol withdrawal in mice, Gian D. Greenberg, L. C. Huang, S. E. Spence, J. P. Schlumbohm, P. Metten, A. R. Ozburn, and John C. Crabbe

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Effects of acute alcohol withdrawal on nest building in mice selectively bred for alcohol withdrawal severity, Gian D. Greenberg, Tamara J. Phillips, and John C. Crabbe

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Sex Differences in the Social Behavior Network and Mesolimbic Dopamine System, Gian D. Greenberg and Brian C. Trainor

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

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Compassion, Thomas G. Plante

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Principles of incorporating spirituality into professional clinical practice, 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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Effect of a single free food presentation on extinction responding in a multiple schedule, Adam J. Reiss and Matthew C. Bell

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Sources of bias in peoples’ social-comparative estimates of food consumption, Aaron M. Scherer, Kathryn Bruchmann, Paul D. Windschitl, Jason P. Rose, Andrew R. Smith, Bryan Koestner, Linda Snetselaar, and Jerry Suls