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Chris J. Boyatzis

Chris J. Boyatzis, PhD, is a developmental psychologist with research interests in religious and spiritual development. He is currently a professor of psychology at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and also an associate editor for Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, a journal of the American Psychological Association. In the past he served as president of APA Division 36/Society for the Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, and chairman of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Commission on Children's Ministry. Dr. Boyatzis and his wife, the Rev. Robin Jarrell, an Episcopal priest, have two daughters.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A day of research, celebration, and learning. The featured lecture by Chris J. Boyatzis, professor of psychology at Bucknell University, will be preceded by student research sessions, the recognition of student achievement, and a lunch buffet.

SPFC Student Research Conference

10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Upper Gwinn Commons


10–11 a.m.Research Poster Session I
11–11:30 a.m. Paper Presentations I
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Awards Luncheon
1–1:30 p.m. Paper Presentations II
1:30–2:30 p.m. Research Poster Session II

Lecture on the Integration of Faith
and Professional Practice

4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. | Demaray Hall 150

"The Nature and Functions of Religion and Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence"

with invited lecturer
Chris J. Boyatzis, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University

In many societies, adults believe that religion and spirituality are important for children and adolescents. But how do we measure religion and spirituality in young people, and when did psychologists start to care? What methodologies and theoretical frameworks will help us understand these issues? Is there empirical evidence that religion and spirituality is “good” for children? How must our field grow and change for a more genuine knowledge of religion and spirituality early in life? Dr. Boyatzis will address these questions and make suggestions for future research.