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Travis Research Institute

Jeff Bjorck Lab Team
Jeff Bjorck Lab Team

Faith, Religious Support, and Coping

Jeff Bjorck, PhD



Psychology Building 133
Fuller Theological Seminary
180 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101-1714






Research focuses on the impact of both religious support (support perceived from one’s God concept, fellow believers, and religious leaders) and religious coping behaviors with respect to emotional functioning in adults and adolescents.


  • Religious Support among Hindus, Muslims, and Christians in India
  • Religious Support and Mental Health in U.S. Military Service Members
  • Religious Support and Mental Health in Catholics vs. Protestants
  • Religious Coping and Internet Pornography Use Among Christian College Students


  • Religious Support and Religious Coping in Adolescence
  • Religious Support and Adolescents’ Transition to College

Recent Publications

Laffey, M. E., Bjorck, J. P., & Currier, J. M. (2019). Coping and quality of life in
veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Traumatology. 10.1037/2Ftrm0000222

Torrecillas, J., Bjorck, J.P., Kamble, S.V., and Gorsuch, R.L. (2019). Religious support and emotional functioning in India across three major religions. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. doi: 10.1080/10508619.2019.1614868

Bjorck, J. P., Kim, G. S., Cunha, D. A., and Braese, R. W. (2019). Assessing Religious Support in Adolescence: Validation of the Multi-Faith Religious Support Scale-Adolescent (MFRSS-A). Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 11, 22-31. doi: 10.1037/rel0000140

Bjorck, J. P. (2016). Richard Lee Gorsuch: Scholar, Pastor, and Peace Ambassador. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8, 263-264.
doi: 10.1037/rel0000117

Lazar, A., and Bjorck, J. P. (2016). Religious support and psychological well-being: Gender differences among religious Jewish Israelis. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 19, 393-407. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2016.1207160.

Lazar, A., and Bjorck, J.P. (2016). Gender Differences in the Structure and Perception of Religious Support. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8, 235-243. doi: 10.1037/rel0000032

Yi, G. H., and Bjorck, J. P. (2014). Religious Support and Psychological Functioning in Korean American Protestant Christians. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6, 44-52. doi: 10.1037/a0034417


Faculty and Principal investigator


Jeffrey P. Bjorck

Senior Professor of Psychology (retired)



Christopher Engelmann

Christopher Engelmann is a fifth-year PhD student. His research interests involve examining religious support in college students and its effect on emotional functioning. Christopher is also the current research fellow in Jeffery Bjorck’s lab and has presented his research at both the Travis Research Colloquium and the APA Mid-Year Division 36 Conference. His master’s project focused on the effects of religious support on adolescents transitioning to college, while his dissertation is primarily looking at religious support in college students, denominational differences, and the scale’s psychometric properties.

Chris was awarded for having the best quantitative study research poster at the 2019 Division 36 Mid-Year Conference, coauthored with Jeff Bjorck, PhD, and Cameron Lee, PhD

Kerilynn Adams

Kerilynn Adams is a third-year PhD student. Her research interests include forms of relational support and their impact on psychological functioning and recovery from adversity.

Justine Duyst

Justine Duyst is a second-year student in the PsyD program from Tulare, California. She is currently working at Fuller Psychological and Family Services for her practicum placement and her research interests are in moral psychology and attachment.

Carolyn Casada

Carolyn Casada is a first-year student in the PhD program. After experiences working with refugees both internationally and in the United States, she is interested in studying acculturation, religious coping, and spiritual responses to trauma.

Hsiu-Chi Lee

Hsiu-Chi (Martin) Lee is now a first- year student in the PhD program, prior to which he was a youth minister in Taiwan. He has a heart for integrating psychology and faith in the Chinese cultural context. His future goals are doing research, teaching, and providing clinical service in a theological seminary in Taiwan.

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