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Hood to kick off psychology department’s colloquia

Dr. Ralph W. Hood, Jr. will be the first speaker of the UTC Psychology Department’s Fall 2006 Colloquium Series. Hood’s lecture is entitled "The Contemporary Christian Serpent Handlers of Appalachia" and will be held on Wednesday, September 20th, from 3-4 p.m. in the UC Auditorium (Room 206). The colloquia are free and all are invited to attend.

Hood has a long-standing interest in the empirical study of religion. His research has focused upon religious experience, especially mystical experience. In addition he continues extensive field work on the serpent handling holiness sects of Appalachia. He is a past president of the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a recipient of the William James Award from that division. He was involved in the creation of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. He served as Book Review Editor and also as Co-editor. He is a past editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Recent books include two edited volumes published by Religious Education Press: Handbook of Religious Experience and Measures of Religiosity (with Peter Hill). Dimension of Mystical Experiences has just been published by Rodopi. In 2003, he completed a third edition of The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach (with Bernie Spilka and Bruce Hunsberger) published by Guilford Press.

September 15, 2006

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