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Make the most of your membership in Div. 36 by getting involved and staying up-to-date with the division.

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Div. 36 award applications are accepted year-round and recognize excellence within the division and the field of psychology of religion and spirituality.

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News and events

The division provides information about research, other news, and events of interest to members and others in the field of the psychology of religion and spirituality.

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Task forces

The division task forces focus on specific issues within the psychology of religion and spirituality, including social justice, LGBT issues, international relations, poverty, and more.

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Division communications

Connect with your colleagues in the psychology of religion and spirituality through the division’s email Listservs and other communications.


For students and early career psychologists

Div. 36 encourages the involvement of students and early career psychologists (ECPs) and provides many opportunities for those just getting started in the field.

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Student research award

This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate research on the psychology of religion and spirituality.


Student and ECP Facebook group

This Facebook group allows student and ECP members of the division to connect and collaborate.


Division 36 grant recipients

These programs were created as part of Div. 36’s Social Justice Task for and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The purpose of these grants is to support scholars themselves who are underrepresented and/or from marginalized populations, and/or engage in research for these populations on DEI issues.


Fellow Interview: Elizabeth Hall, PhD

Elizabeth Hall's research interests include women and work, mothering, sexism, embodiment, and meaning-making in suffering. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. In all of these areas, she strives to bring together psychological research and theological insights. She teaches integration courses in the undergraduate program, and co-leads a graduate research team on women’s issues.

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Div. 36 statement decrying violence and aggression

The leadership of Div. 36 (the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) is keenly aware of the tragic history of violence related to religion and spirituality. People of faith have persecuted or terrorized others who believe differently (or not at all) whereas people of faith have, themselves, been persecuted or terrorized by other religious groups or by those who deny faith. Incidents of violence, intimidation and cruelty along these dimensions occur daily around the world though only a relatively few receive widespread or global attention. Thus, it is not possible, as a division, to thoroughly and fairly respond to these many incidents. Consequently, we are compelled to issue an absolute statement decrying all violence and aggression toward any person or group of people due to differences in views of religion and spirituality, including not believing in either. Consistent with our profession’s ethical principles and the widespread moral views of many faith traditions, we do condemn all acts that degrade and harm others due to their beliefs or lack thereof regarding religion and spirituality.

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The official Div. 36 journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality® publishes articles employing experimental and correlational methods, qualitative analyses and critical reviews of the literature.

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The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Newsletter is the official newsletter of APA's Div. 36. It is published three times per year with a focus on cutting edge research, practice and division information.

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