Ray Paloutzian

Professor Emeritus


Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Westmont College; Editor, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion (1998-2016)

Areas: Experimental Social Psychology, Psychology of Religion.


My work has been centrally concerned with meaning making processes especially as they link findings from different levels from the macro to the micro.  This interest has been developed through articles and chapters on the psychology of religious conversion and spiritual transformation and in collaboration with my handbook co-editor Crystal Park.  It is also a major structuring motif in the Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2nd ed., 2013) and in the 3rd edition of my undergraduate text, Invitation to the Psychology of Religion (2017).