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JAMES W. JONES
I. Biographical Data
Th.D.(causa honoris), 2003, Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden
Psy.D, 1985, Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Certificate in family therapy, 1979, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA.
Ph.D., 1970, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
M.Div., 1967, Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, MA.
B.A., 1964, Earlham College, Richmond, IN.
B. Teaching Experience
1968-1969, Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
1970-1971, Instructor, Department of Religion, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.
1971-1975, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University
1975-1990, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University
1985-present, Associate member, Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
1990-present, Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University
1999-present, Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York
1999-present, Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2000-2001, Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion, Drew University, Madison, NJ
2001- present – Visiting Professor, University of Uppsala, Uppsala Sweden
2008- Appointed Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, NYC
1967-1968, University Fellowship. Brown University
1969-1970, Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship
1970, Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University Graduate School
1970-1971, Post-doctoral Teaching and Research Fellowship, Macalester College
1973, Rutgers Research Council Grant for Summer Study
1977, Rutgers Research Council Grant
1993, William J. Bier award, presented by Division 36 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding contributions to the Psychology of Religion.
1997, Templeton Foundation Prize and Award for teaching in the area of science and religion.
2001, Nominated for the 2003 Oskar Pfister Award given by the American Psychiatric Association
2004, Elected a Fellow, American Psychological Association.
II. Academic and Editorial Offices
Currently serving as a co-editor of a series of Handbooks on Psychology of Religion to be published by the American Psychological Association for which I will write a chapter on the psychology of religious terrorism.
Currently serving on the governing board of the Internationale Gessellshaft fur
Religionspsychologie [International Association for Psychology of Religion]and also as the deputy-president of the association.
Served on the Program Committee for the 2009 International Congress for Psychology of
Religion, Vienna, Austria
Currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Health
Currently serving on the Editorial Board of the International Archive for the Psychology of
Currently serving on Editorial Board and the International Series in Psychology of Religion
published in Europe and America by Rodopi Press, 2001-Present.
2006-20008 Appointed to the Program Committee of Div 36 – Psychology of Religion – of the American Psychological Association.
Appointed co-chair of the Division of Religion and the Social Sciences, American Academy of
Religion. 1992 – 1999.
III. Research Accomplishments
The Blood that Cries out from the Earth: The Psychological Roots of Religious Terrorism, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Waking From Newton’s Sleep: Dialogues On Spirituality in an Age of Science. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2006
The Mirror of God: Christian Faith as Spiritual Practice. New York: Palgrave, 2003
Terror and Transformation: The Ambiguity of Religion in Psychoanalytic Perspective, London & New York: Routledge Press, 2002
Religion and Psychology in Transition: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Theology, Yale University Press, 1996.
In The Middle of this Road We Call Our Life: The Courage to Search for Something More, San Francisco: Harper Collins, hardcover 1995, paper 1996. Translated into Chinese, Portuguese European edition published by Thorsons.
Transforming Psychoanalysis: Feminism and Religion, ed. by James W. Jones & Naomi R. Goldenberg, including two papers "Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Religion" and "Response: Religion, Reductionism, and Psychoanalysis" by J. W. Jones published by the journal Pastoral Psychology Vol. 40, No. 6, 1992.
Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion: Transference and Transcendence, New Haven: Yale University Press, hardcover, 1991; paper 1993. Translated into Japanese and Korean.
The Redemption of Matter: Towards The Rapprochement of Science and Religion, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1984.
The Texture of Knowledge: An Essay on Religion and Science. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America 1981.
The Spirit and the World. New York: Hawthorn Press, 1975.
Filled With New Wine. New York: Harper & Row, 1974; paperback, 1976.
The Shattered Synthesis: New England Puritanism Before the Great Awakening. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973.
“Under the Influence,” Public Service Review, London, England, (2009), 19/1: 38-39
“The Return of the Repressed: Narcissism, Religion, and the Ferment in Psychoanalysis.”
Published in the Annual of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 34-45 (2007). Ed. J Winer & J. Anderson.
Chicago: Institute for Psychoanalysis.
“Psychoanalytic theories of the Evolution of the God-Image” in Journal of Spirituality and mental Health, 2007, Vol. 9, issue 3. also “Psychoanalytic theories of the evolution of the God-Image” in The God Image Handbook, ed. G. Moriarty & L. Hoffman. 2008,Haworth Press.
Why does Religion Turn Violent? A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Religious Terrorism” published in The Psychoanalytic Review, April, 2006, 93/2: 167-180
“Mind, Brain, and Spirit – A clinician’s Perspective; or, Why I am not afraid of dualism,” in Soul, Psyche, Brain, edited by Kelly Bulkeley, New York:
Palgrave Press, 2005.
“Religion, Health, and the Psychology of Religion: How the Research on Religion and Health Helps Us Understand Religion,” Journal of Religion and Health, winter 2004, 43/4: 317-328
“Kyofu to henyo [“Terror and Transformation, published in Japanese], Nanzan Shukyo Bunka Kenkyujo Kenkyujoho 14 (2004): 16-26.
“The Sacred: A Relational Psychoanalytic Investigation,” in the Dutch journal Psyche en Geloof, 12/3, October 2001, pp.93-104 and simultaneously in Pastoral Psychology, 50/3, January 2002, pp153-164 under the title “The experience of the holy.”
“Hans Loewald: The psychoanalyst as Mystic,” The Psychoanalytic Review, 88/6: 793-804, 2001.
“Embodying Relationships: An Object Relational Perspective on the Body,” Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4/4: 387-398, 1999.
“Religious Experience: Belief and Faith,” The Encyclopedia of Psychology, Vol. 7, NY: Oxford
University Press, 2000.
“Religion and Psychology in Transition: How it came to be written,” and “Response to Critics,”
Pastoral Psychology, 47:3, 1999, pp. 157-184, 183-189.
"Foreword" to The Soul On The Couch, ed. C. Spezzano & G. Gargiulo, Hillsdale, N.J.: Analytic Press (1997). A volume in the relational perspectives series, ed. by S. Mitchell.
"Looking Forward: Future Directions For The Encounter Of Relational Psychoanalysis And Religion," Journal of Psychology and Theology, 1997, 25: 1, pp. 136-142.
"Playing And Believing: The Uses of D. W. Winnicott in the Psychology of Religion" in Religion, Society and Psychoanalysis, ed. by J. Jacobs & D. Capps, Denver: Westview Press, 1997.
"The Real Is the Relational: Relational Psychoanalysis As A Model of Human Understanding" in Hermeneutical Approaches In Psychology Of Religion, ed. by J. A Belzen, Amsterdam & Atlanta: Rodopi, 1997.
"Knowledge in Transition: Towards a Winnicottian Epistemology," The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 79, No.2, Summer 1992, pp. 2 23-237.
"Can Neuroscience Provide a Complete Account of Human Nature," Zygon, Vol. 27, No. 2, June 1992, pp. 187-202.
"The Relational Self: Contemporary Psychoanalysis Reconsiders Religion." Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. LIX, N o. 4, 1991, pp. 501-517.
"Personality and Epistemology: Cognitive Social Learning theory as a Philosophy of Science," Zygon, 1989. Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 23-38.
"The Context of Practice and the Practice of Context: Theory and Practice in Religion and Psychotherapy," Journal of Religion and Health, 26, 1987, 261-269.
"Macrocosm to Microcosm," Journal of Religion and Health, 25, 1986, pp. 278-290.
"The Delicate Dialectic: Religion and Psychology in the Modern World," Cross Currents, 32, 1982, pgs. 143-153.
"The Lure of Fellowship," Cross Currents, 26, 1977, pp. 420-423.
"Reflections on the Problem of Religious Experience," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 40, 1972, pgs. 445-453.
"The Practice of Peoplehood,” Sojourners, 26, 1977, pgs. 5-10.
Works in Progress
“Violence and Religion,” Encyclopedia of Religion and Psychology, chapter # 849, Berlin:
Springer, expected, 2009
“Mourning, Melancholia, and Religious Studies: Is the Lost Object Really Lost,” Pastoral
Psychology, expected fall 2009.
Co-editing a volume (with Prof. Charles Strozier of John Jay College and Dr. David Terman of
the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis) entitled The Fundamentalist Mindset, in which I will
have two chapters, “The Divine Terrorist: Religion and Violence in American Apocalyptic
Christianity” and “The Fundamentalist Mindset: What have we learned?” Oxford University
press, expected 2010
Chapter “Psychology and Theology” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, (ed.) D. M.
Patte, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., expected 2009.
Chapter “Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion,” to be published in The Handbook of
Psychology of Religion, edited by David Wulff, New York: Guilford Press in 2010.
Review, H. Koenig, M. McCullough, D. Larson, 2001, Handbook of Religion and Health, NY;
Oxford University Press, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. 15/1: 95-96.
Review of N. Murphy, “Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 1992.
Review of J.R. Yungblut, “Discovering God Within.” Journal of American Academy of Religion, 1980.
Review of R. Quebedeux, “The New Charismatics.” Christian Century, 1976.
Review of E. O'Connor, “Perspectives on Charismatic Movements.” Christian Scholars Review, 7, 1977.
Review of E. Elliott, “Power and the Pulpit in Puritan New England.” William & Mary Quarterly, 33, 1976.
Review of V. Synan, “Aspects of Pentecostal-Charismatic Origens.” Religious Studies Review, 2, 1976.
IV. Professional Activity
A. Professional Memberships
New Jersey State Psychologist License
New York State Psychologist License
American Academy of Religion
Member working group of AAR on Psycho-social interpretations of theology.
Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Member of Divisions of the Psychology of Religion., Health Psychology, Philosophical and Theoretical Psychology, and Psychological Hypnosis.
Clinical Member, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
B. Professional Activity
Seminar on Religion and Violence, University of Groningen, Netherlands, May 19, 2009
Invited Public Lecture, “Sacred Terror,” Utrecht, Netherlands, May 18, 2009
Invited Keynote Address, “A Pragmatic Ecstasy: Practicing Religion and Science,”
Student Symposium, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, May 1, 2009,
Invited to teach a graduate seminar on the psychology of religious violence at Union
Theological Seminary & Columbia University, Fall 2008
Invited to co-teach a Seminar on Terrorism, John Jay College on Criminal Justice, NYC,
Served as a Dissertation examiner for a dissertation at the University of Uppsala on the
problem of burnout by L. Belfrage, March, 2009.
Served as an outside evaluator for a Habilitationsschrift at the University of Vienna on
Freud and Religion by Dr. H. Westerink, April, 2009.
Invited Lecture, “Converting to Terrorism,” Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden, March
Invited Address, “Sacred Terror,” Community Forum, Stockholm, Sweden, March, 16,
Invited Address, “Understanding Contemporary Terrorism,” International Counter-
Terrorism Expo, London, England, February 10, 2009
Invited Panelist, conference on conflict resolution, Columbia University, NYC, Dec.
Invited Address, “Sacred Terror,” Seminar on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, John
Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, Nov. 21, 2008
Invited Lecture, “Psychology of Religious Violence,” Georgian Court College,
Lakewood, NJ, Nov.6, 2008
Paper, “The Religious and Psychological Roots of Religious Terrorism,” presented at the
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago IL, Nov. 2, 2008
Convener and Presider , session on “Spirituality: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on
Measurement,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago
IL, Nov. 2, 2008
Invited to be on a panel on religious material in psychotherapy, Annual Meeting of the
American Psychological Association, Boston MA, August, 2008
Invited Address: “Converting to Terrorism: What the Psychology of Religion Tells us
about Religiously Motivated Terrorism.” Annual Meeting of the American
Psychological Association, Boston MA, August, 2008
Invited Lecture, “The Psychology of Religious Terrorism,” Meeting of the American
Psychoanalytic Association, Atlanta, GA, June 2008.
Invited address, “Religion and Terrorism,” the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge,
MA, April 30, 2008.
Invited address, “Violence on the Mind—Religion, Violence and Contemporary
American Christianity.” American Psychological Association Division of
Psychology of Religion, Loyola University, Maryland, 2/29/08
Invited Paper “Living in the midst of Horrors: contemporary psychoanalytic reflections
on Martin Luther and his Theology” presented at an interdisciplinary,
international conference on Luther at Northwestern University, Evanston IL.,
Respondent to a paper on “Attachment Theory and Fundamentalism” at John Jay
College, New York City, 2/8/08
Lecture on “The Psychological Roots of Religious Terrorism,” The Trinity Forum, New
York City,, Jan., 2008
Conducted a week long seminar on Christianity and Buddhism at the General Theological Seminary, New York City, Jan. 2008
Paper “Terror in the Name of God: A Psychoanalytic Perspective” at the winter meeting
of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Tempe AZ, Dec. 8, 2007
Invited to co-lead the Leadership Roundtable, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on the subject of “Religion and violence: is faith dangerous?” Washington DC, November 28, 2007.
Paper presented “The Limits Of Dialogue—The Carl Rogers-Paul Tillich Debates”
at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 2007, San
Lecture on Fundamentalism at the Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association in Philadelphia.
“The psychological roots of religious terrorism.” a series of lectures at the University of California Medical School and to community mental health workers, October, 2005, Fresno, CA
Team taught a graduate course on research methods in the psychology of religion with colleagues from Sweden and Belgium at the Karolinska Medical Institute Stockholm, Sweden, August, 2005.
Invited to be part of an international, online seminar on psychology and fundamentalism,
May, 2004 – August, 2005, sponsored by PsyBC, an online provider of continuing education courses.
Appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Health
A keynote address to the Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychology of Religion of the
American Psychological Association, entitled “The Psychological Roots of Religious
Terrorism,” April 2005.
Invited to be a regular columnist writing in the area of psychology and religion for an online
psychological information service, 2005.
Fellow of the Institute for Religion and Culture at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan
researching the cult Aum Shinrikyo and also the dialogue between Buddhism and
Christianity in Japan, April 2005.
Paper, “Spiritual Intelligence: Controversies and Implications,” presented at the Annual
Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 2004.
Invited lecture, May 13, 2004. “The paradox of religion, “ Nanzan Institute for Religion and
Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya Japan
Invited lecture and graduate seminar, May 14, 2004, “Religion and Idealization, “ University
of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo Japan
Invited lecture and graduate seminar, May 19, 2004, “The psychology of spiritual selfhood,”
Seoul Jangsin University, Seoul, Korea
Invited lecture and graduate seminar, May 20, 2004. “Self psychology and psychotherapy,”
Korean Institute for Psychotherapy, Seoul, Korea
Conference keynote address, May 21, 2004. “The role of narcissism in religion,” Korean
Association for Pastoral Counseling national conference, Seoul, Korea.
Response to “Object Relations and Ritualization in a drug treatment approach in therapy” by Valerie Demarinis, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, November 2003
Two lectures, “Spirituality and Psychotherapy,” and “The Transforming Moment: Spiritual and Psychological Perspectives,” Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, October, 2003
Lecture, “Terror in the Name of God,” Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society, Tampa Florida, September 20, 2003
Paper on “Religion and Health: Possible Mechanisms” the International Conference on Psychology and Religion in Glasgow Scotland, August, 2003.
Serve on Editorial Board of the “Archiv fur Religionspsychologie,” yearbook for the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, August, 2003-Present.
Paper, “Religion and Health: Possible Mechanisms,” International Conference on Psychology and Religion, Glasgow Scotland, August, 2003.
Two invited lectures on “Terror in the Name of God,” delivered at the University of Lund, Sweden, June, 2003.
Delivered the second annual Limpitlaw Lecture on Religion and Science, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, March, 2003.
Lecture, “Terror and Transformation: The Paradox of Religion” given on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Uppsala, Uppsala Sweden, January 2003.
Invited Lecture, “The Paradox of Religion,” Princeton Theological Seminary, December, 2002.
Organized panel on “Critical Psychology and its Critics” and presented a paper entitled “Critical Psychology: A “Psycho” Analysis” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Toronto Canada, November. 2002.
Seminar on Research Methodologies, Karolinska Medical Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, March, 2002.
Lecture, “Religion and Health: Review of the Research,” and Graduate Seminar on Religion and Psychology, University of Uppsala, Uppsala Sweden, October 2001.
Paper, “Hans Loewald: The Psychoanalyst as Mystic,” annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Nashville, November, 2000.
Three lectures on “Bringing Psychotherapy and Spirituality Together,” sponsored by the Center for Psychotherapy, Education and Spiritual Growth and Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October, 2000.
Paper, “Practice Meets Practice: Ways Religion Impacts on Psychotherapy”, annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August 2000.
Paper, “Anxiety, Religion, and the Dilemma of Modern Culture,” and participant on a panel on international approaches to teaching psychology and religion at the European Congress of Psychology and Religion, Sigtuna Sweden, July, 2000.
Participant in a panel on psychology and pastoral theology at the meeting of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Williamsburg, VA, April, 2000.
Participant in a working group on teaching psychology of religion and pastoral theology, Cape Cod, MA, August, 1999, sponsored by the Wabash Foundation
Lecture, “Psychoneuroimmunology, the Spiritual Quest, and the End of the Conflict Between Science and Religion,” Conference of the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Palm Springs, CA, Dec. 1999.
Paper, "Religion and Psychology: The Future of the Discipline," November, 1998, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Orlando, Florida.
Invited paper, "Narcissism, Idealization, and The Elementary Forms of Religion," University of Leiden, Leiden, the Netherlands, October, 1998
Moderator and discussant at a two day conference on "Partnerships in Healing," at Morristown Memorial hospital, October. 2-3, 1998.
Two papers, "What is the Object in Object-Relational Research?," and “The Ethics of Psychoanalysis," at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, August, 1998.
Two invited lectures, "The Relational Turn: Feminist and Contemporary Psychoanalytic Resources for Theological Reconstruction" and "The Return of the Repressed: The Place of the Psychoanalysis of Religion in the current Rethinking of Psychoanalysis" at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, June, 1998.
Presentation, "Consciousness and Psychoimmunology: Philosophical and Theological Implications of Clinical Practice," February, 1998 at a conference on neuroscience and religion sponsored by the Templeton Foundation at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Participated in a symposium on my book, Religion and Psychology in Transition at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November 1997. The papers from this symposium, including two of mine, were published in the journal Pastoral Psychology.
Lecture, "Religion and Mental Health," November 1997, Dept. of Psychiatry, Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ
Invited participant in the European Congress for the psychology of religion, August, 1997, Barcelona, Spain. Note: several of the presentations cited or were based on my work.
Day long invited lecture series (4 lectures in all) on spirituality and psychotherapy, Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, NC, April, 1997.
Invited lecture, "Embodying Relationships: An Object Relational Perspective on the Body," plus panel presentation and seminar participation at the University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden, March, 1997.
Paper, "The Place of the Psychoanalysis of Religion in the Rethinking of Psychoanalysis," winter meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, Denver, Co., February, 1997
Graduate seminar on "Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Theology," Spring, 1995, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
Clinical seminar on the psychology of religion, Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, Jan., 1995, LaMirada, CA.
Participant (the only one from the USA) in an invitational, international seminar on the psychology of religion, June 1995, held at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Invited series of lectures on "Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Theology," Oct, 1994, to the faculty of the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, La Mirada, Ca.
Invited lecture, "Living On The Boundary of Psychology and Religion," given at the receipt of the 1993 William J. Bier Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto.
Lecture, "Transference, Transformation and Transcendence," New York University, New York, NY, Nov. 6, 1993.
Paper, "The Dilemmas of Reductionism" presented to the mid-winter meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, New York, April, 1993.
Lecture, "Conscious Medicine," at a national conference on religion and medicine, held in New York City, March 26-27, 1993.
Invited lecture, "Towards a Relational Psychoanalysis of Religion," at the winter meeting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Mexico, Dec. 6, 1992.
1991-1993, invited to serve on the steering committee for a national conference on religion and medicine, held in New York City, March 26-27, 1993.
Invited lecture, "Religion and Mental Health: Empirical and Clinical Perspectives," Grand Rounds, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, October 23, 1992.
Invited lecture, "Religion and Mental Health: Empirical and Clinical Perspectives," United States Veterans Administration Hospital, Montrose, New York, September 25, 1992.
Lecture, "The Boundary Between Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion," given to the program in the Humanities and Human Values, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 10, 1992.
Lecture, "Towards a Relational Psychoanalysis of Religion," Foundation for Religion and Mental Health, New York, February 27, 1992.
Organized a symposium entitled, "Transforming Psychoanalysis: Feminism and Religion," involving four other presenters at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Kansas City, November, 1992.Presented a paper and gave a response.
Invited lecture, "Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion," at the Institute for Religion and Health, New York, October, 1991.
Invited presentation, "On the Boundary of Psychology and Religion" at the National Conference on Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Woodstock, N.Y., September, 1991.
Paper, "An Empirical-Psychoanalytic Investigation of Transferential Themes in Religious Experience: A Preliminary Report" presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, August, 1991.
Paper, "Winnicottian Perspectives on Knowledge in Psychoanalysis and Religion" presented to the mid-winter meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, April, 1991.
A talk on "Religion and Mental Health: Review of the Research" to the Graduate Faculty-Student Colloquium of the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University, March, 1991.
Chair of a session on "Freud and Religion" at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, November, 1990.
Invited lecture, "The Psychological Origins of Religion" at Princeton University, November 30, 1989.
Invited lecture, "Religion and Mental Health: Empirical and Clinical Considerations," Cafh Foundation, New York City, November 4, 1989.
Invited presentation, "The Academy and the Clinic," at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Anaheim, CA, November, 1989.
Invited presentation, "Transformation in Religion and Psychotherapy" to a colloquium sponsored by Division 36 of the American Psychological Association, at the Annual meeting of the APA, New Orleans, 1989.
Invited lecture to a colloquium on Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Study of Religion, April 21,22, 1989. Sponsored by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
Paper on Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Study of Religion, Religion Department Colloquium, February, 1989. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Paper, "Transference and Transcendence: Models of Relationship and Understanding Religion", presented to the Religion and Social Sciences Section of the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting, Chicago, 1988.
Paper, "Models of Transference and the Nature of Religion: Notes on Clinical Research" to a symposium on object relations theory and the study of religion, Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Atlanta, 1988.
Served on the Steering Committee of a professional society concerned with religion and psychology, affiliated with the American Academy of Religion, 1988 – 1992.
Presentation, "Object-relations Theory and the Study of Religion," Symposium with that title at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York, 1987.
Paper, "The Context of Practice or the Practice of Contexts: Theory and Practice in Religion and Psychotherapy: Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta November, 1986.
Invited to participate in a symposium on Object-relations Psychology and the Study of Religion, Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August, 1986.
Two invited lectures on new paradigms in science and their impact on modern culture at a conference sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Committee, Charlotte, NC, July 13-15, 1984.
Conducted two-day workshop on Religion and Psychotherapy, St. Michael's Chapel, Rutgers University, May 19-20, 1981.
Two invited lectures, "Power and Transformation in Religious Experience," given at the Trinity Institute National Conferences in New York and San Francisco Feb. 2-7, 1981.
Three invited lectures on religious experience in modern society at the Natick Ecumenical Conference Center, Natick, MA, Oct. 2-3, 1981.
A lecture on religion and science at the Christos House Foundation, Rutgers University, Oct. 8, 1981.
Paper, "Religion, Psychology, and Modernity" presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, December, 1981.