As an Alumnus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chris Silver has an extensive background both within the private sector as well as higher education. Chris has extensive experience in corporate training and information technology. His background includes project management in information technology, staff training, business development, psychometrics, Human Resources, as well as talent and skill development. He also spent time as a curriculum developer providing synchronous and asynchronous instructional delivery for a medium sized nationwide business.

 

In addition to his career in the business world, Chris has also taught part-time for over 12 years in the fields of psychology and religious studies. He has also done extensive research in the field of psychology of religion. Much of his work has focused on religious deconversion and religious nonbelief. His research has been featured both in local and national media. Currently Chris’s interest lie in the area of stigma and the role stigma plays in influencing self-identity and self-esteem. To that end, Chris is a doctoral student in research psychology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He currently holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) of Education in Learning and Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga USA. He has a masters degree in research psychology from the UT Chattanooga and a masters degree in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario Canada. Chris has won research awards and served on a number of grants all totaling over 2 million dollars.

 

Degrees

1        Doctoral Student – PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville

2        Doctorate of Education, Leadership and Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2013 Dissertation Title: Atheism, Agnosticism and Nonbelief: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Type and Narrative.

3        Masters of Arts in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Ontario Canada

4        Masters of Science in Psychology (Research), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2003 Thesis Title:Training of Observers in risk rituals involving the Manasa sect of Hinduism and Serpent Handling Sects of Appalachia

5        Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2001

6        Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; August 2001

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Nielsen, M. E. & Silver, C. F. (2015). Strategies and resources for teaching Psychology of Religion. In D. S. Dunn. (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (pp. 577-587). New York, NY: Oxford.

 

Keller, B., Streib, H., Silver, C. F., Klein, C., & Hood, R. W. (2015). Design, methods, and sample characteristics of the Bielefeld-based cross-cultural study of “Spirituality”. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.), Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 61-77). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Klein, C. Hood, R. W., Silver, C. F., Keller, B. & Streib, H. (2015). Is “Spirituality” nothing but “Religion”? An indirect measurements approach. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.), Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 101-121). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Klein, C., Silver, C. F., Streib, H., Hood, R. W., & Coleman, T. J. (2015). “Spirituality and mysticism. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.), Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 223-252). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Keller, B., Coleman, T. J., & Silver, C. F. (2015) Narrative reconstruction and content analysis in the interpretation of “Spiritual” biographical trajectories for case studies. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.), Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 333-361). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Coleman, T. J., Swhajor-Biesemann, A., Giamundo, D., Vance, C. A., Hood, R. W., & Silver, C. F. (2015). “Experimenting with ideologies…” A “more spiritual than religious” Zen Buddhist. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.),Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 453-472). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Coleman, T. J., Silver, C. F., & Hood, R. W. (2015). “…if the universe is beautiful, we’re part of that beauty”, A “Neither religious nor spiritual” biography as horizontal transcendence. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.), Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 473-495). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Klein, C., Keller, B., Silver, C. F., Hood, R. W., & Streib, H. (2015) Positive adult development and “Spirituality”: Psychological well-being, generativity, and emotional stability. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood Jr. (Ed.), Semantics and psychology of spirituality: A cross-cultural analysis (pp. 533-578). New York, NY: Springer.

 

Silver, C. F. Coleman, T. J. & Holcombe, J. M. (2014). The six types of nonbelief: a qualitative and quantitative study of type and narrative. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture. doi:10.1080/13674676.2014. 987743

 

Coleman, T. J., Silver, C. F. & Holcombe, J. M. (2014). Focusing on horizontal transcendence: much more than a “Non-belief”. Essays in Philosophy of Humanism, 21 (2), 1-18.

 

Silver, C. F., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Williamson, P. W. (2013). The differential evaluation of religious risk rituals involving serpents in two cultures. Studia Religiologica. 46(1), 7-21.

 

Keller, B., Klein, C., Swhajor-Biesemann, A., Silver, C. F., Hood, R. W., & Streib, H. (2013). The semantics of “spirituality” and related self-identifications: A comparative study in Germany and the USA. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 35 (1), 71-100.