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About the Team

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Our Team


Edward B. Davis, Psy.D.

Ward Davis is an associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College and an associate editor at Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. His research focuses on the intersections of positive psychology and the psychology of religion and spirituality. Davis has used open science practices in his research for many years and published widely on topics such as character virtues, religious attachment, natural disasters, and spiritual and psychological resilience. He has been the Co-Principal-Investigator or Co-Investigator on several research grants with the John Templeton Foundation, studying such topics as resilience among natural disaster survivors, humility in religious leaders and in humanitarian aid leaders, and character development in higher education. More information on his research, visit his faculty website.


Jordan P. LaBouff, Ph.D.

Jordan LaBouff works as an associate professor of psychology and honors at the University of Maine. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of religious intergroup bias as well as interventions to reduce it. He has also published several articles on the development and measurement of humility. His work has been generously supported by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society, the Global Religion Research Initiative, and the John Templeton Foundation. As an associate editor for Archive for the Psychology of Religion, the programming for American Psychological Association’s Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality), and in his own work he has supported open science practices. For more information, visit his faculty website.

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Michiel van Elk, Ph.D.

Michiel van Elk works as an associate professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands and serves as associate editor for the International Journal of the Psychology of Religion. His research focuses on altered states of consciousness, including mystical and psychedelic induced experiences. He has been an advocate of open science practices in the cognitive science of religion, and has published several opinion papers, editorials and registered reports on this topic. His research has been generously supported by the Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO), the John Templeton Foundation and the BIAL Foundation. For more info on his research, please visit the Psychedelic, Religious, Spiritual and Mystical (PRSM) lab website

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Kevin L. Ladd, Ph.D.

Kevin L. Ladd is Professor of Psychology at Indiana University South Bend. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, he explores how people engage the spiritual discipline of prayer. In addition, his research touches on ritual, performance magic, architecture, music, and food with relation to spirituality. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for The Archive for the Psychology of Religion, the field’s oldest journal, and in other editorial capacities for several global journals. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association for the Psychology of Religion and is a former President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality).

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