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Dr. Ralph Hood
Professor, Member of Graduate Faculty
Psychology
Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 1968
  Ralph-Hood@utc.edu
  423-425-4274
  423-425-4284
  351-D Holt Hall

 

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Degrees

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., California State College, Los Angeles, 1966
Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 1968

Teaching Interests

Psychology of Religion

Philosophical Psychology

Research Interests

Psychology of Religion

Philosophical Psychology

Religious Serpent Handling

Dr. Ralph Hood and his Psychology of Religion Lab at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Experimental Labs of Dr. Jeff Larsen and Dr. Mike Olson at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation for $253,305.00 to study the conditions that determine how Americans image Jesus.

Dr. Christopher Silver, a UTC graduate and former adjunct professor, with degrees in psychology, religious studies, and Educational Leadership, will direct the research from Knoxville and coordinate with Thomas Coleman III, a graduate student in the Research Masters in Psychology Program at UTC, who will direct the research from UTC.

This is the first cooperative grant between psychologists at UTK and UTC, which will help foster coordinated research in the psychology of religion between the campuses.

Recent Publications

Hood, R. W. Jr. (2013). Methodological diversity in the psychology of Religion. In K. I.Pargament (Editor-inchief). Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: Vol.1, Context, Theory, & Research (pp. 79-102). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. & Francis, L. J. (2013). Mystical experience: Conceptualizations, measurement, and correlates. . In K. I. Pargament (Ed). Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: Vol. 1 Context, Theory, & Research (pp. 391-405). Washington, D: American Psychological Association.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. & Chen, Z. (2013). The Social Sciences and Christian Mysticism. In J. Laman (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Mysticism (pp. 577-591). New York: Oxford University Press.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press). Psychology and religion. In Vilayanur, Ramachandray (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of human behavior. Elsevier.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press). Methodology in psychology. In Anzari (ed.). Encyclopedia of sciences and religions. Springer
 
Hood, R. W., Jr. (in press). Differential triggering of mystical experience as a function of self-actualization. In J. Barrett (Ed.). Psychology of religion: Critical concepts in religious studies. Routdledge. (Reprinted from, Review of Religious Research, 18, 264-270).
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press). The construction and preliminary validation of a measure `of reported religious experience. In J. Barrett (Ed.). Psychology of religion: Critical concepts n religious studies. Routdledge. (Reprinted from, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 14, 29-41).
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. & Chen, Zhuo (in press). Mystical, spiritual and religious experiences. In Paloutzian,R. F. & Parks, C. L. (Eds.). Handbook of Religion and Spirituality 2nd ed. New York: Guilford.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. (in press) Authoritarianism. In Vocabulary for Psychology
 
Keller, B., Klein, C., Hood, R. W. & Streib, H. (2013). Deconversion and religious or spiritual transformation. In H. Westernick (Ed). Constructs of meaning and religious transformation: Current issues in the Psychology of religion (pp. 119-139). Vienna: University of Vienna Press.University of Vienna Press.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. (2014). Gordon W. Allport. In D.A. Leming (ed.). Encyclopaedia of Psychology and Religion, DOI 10,1007/978-146146086-2. New York: Springer Science+Business.

Hood, R. W. Jr. & Belzen, J. A. (2013). Research methods in the psychology of religion and spirituality. In R. F. Paloutzian & C. L. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd. Ed, pp. 75-93. New York: Guilford.
 
Hood, R. W. Jr. & Chen, Z. (2013). Mystical, spiritual, and religious experiences. In . In R. F. Paloutzian & C. L. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd. Ed, pp. 422-440. New York: Guilford.
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