12th Annual Midyear Conference

The 12th Annual Midyear Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality will be hosted by Division 36 of APA. After many years on the east coast, in 2014 the meeting will be held at a new location for the first time. It will be held at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, in La Mirada, Calif. on April 25-26, 2014.

The conference was started as a joint partnership between Division 36 and Loyola university of Maryland, building on a small round table discussion on religious research sponsored by the Department of Pastoral Counseling that was held for several years before joining with Division 36. The goal of this partnership was to leverage resources in an effort to stimulate research in the area of psychology and religion/spirituality. The first conference was attended by about 20 graduate students, faculty, and invited researchers. Over the next several years the conference grew to a half-day event that included several invited speakers and more than 100 attendees. The conference is now two full days and has over 200 attendees, incorporating opportunities for continuing education credit and high-caliber speakers.

The conference provides a supportive academic forum where professionals discuss the latest research findings and scientific advances in the field. A quick look at the program guide shows a very diverse range of interests being represented by scholars at all levels, from graduate students to leading figures in the field. There is no other professional conference with a major purpose of promoting research in religion and spirituality.

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Online registration is now available.