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Travis Research Institute

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Office

Psychology Building 137
Fuller Theological Seminary
180 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101-1714

Email

aabernet@fuller.edu

Phone

626.584.5359

 

External Collaborators

Karl Van Harn, DMin, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Kimlin Ashing, PhD, City of Hope CCARE
Joseph Currier, PhD, University of South Alabama
Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet, PhD, Hope College
Lindsey Root Luna, PhD, Hope College

Joshua Foster, PhD, University of South Alabama
Sarah Schnitker, PhD, Baylor University
Janet Carter, MDiv, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Marwan Tabbara, MD, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Katharine Putman, PsyD, Azusa Pacific University

Mission

The Spirituality and Health Lab is interested in two primary research questions: What dimensions of spirituality influence preventive health behaviors, disease, and psychological functioning? How and through what mechanisms does spirituality influence preventive health behaviors, disease, and psychological functioning? Three research teams are associated with this lab: Experiences of Spirituality and Health-Related Outcomes (ESHO); Spirituality, Cancer, and Health Disparities (SCAHD); and Spirituality, Culture, and Eating Disturbance (SCED).

PROJECT

Experience of Spirituality and Health-Related Outcomes (ESHO) Research Team

  • Spiritual Experiences in Worship: Cultural, Theological, and Psychological Perspectives
  • Music Worship Leader Project
  • Spirituality and Transformation in a Community-Based Group in the Bahamas
  • Forgiveness and Spiritual Distress in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting
  • Examining Spirituality and Mental Health Outcomes in Psychiatric Patients
  • Clarifying How Views of the Afterlife, Hope, and Meaning Influence Suicidal Ideation in Psychiatric Inpatients

PROJECT

Spirituality, Cancer, and Health Disparities (SCAHD) Team

  • Reducing the Burden of Breast Cancer among African-American and Latina Survivors
  • Cultural Factors in Cancer Screening

PROJECT

Spirituality, Culture, and Eating Disturbance (SCED) Team

  • Exploring the Role of Spirituality in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
  • Spirituality and Asceticism in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Abernethy, A. D., Grannum, G. D., and Allen, D. F. (2019). Spirituality and transformation in a community-based group in the Bahamas. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 22(3), 227–243. https://doi-org.fuller.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/13674676.2019.1579177

Currier, J. M., Foster, J. D., Witvliet, C. vanOyen, Abernethy, A. D., Root Luna, L. M., Schnitker, S. A., … Carter, J. (2019). Spiritual struggles and mental health outcomes in a spiritually integrated inpatient program. Journal of Affective Disorders, 249, 127–135. https://doi org.fuller.idm.oclc.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.02.012

Schnitker, S. A., Ro, D. B., Foster, J. D., Abernethy, A. D., Currier, J. M., vanOyen Witvliet, C., … Carter, J. (2019). Patient patients: Increased patience associated with decreased depressive symptoms in psychiatric treatment. The Journal of Positive Psychology. https://doi-org.fuller.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/17439760.2019.1610482

Abernethy, A. D., and Kim, S.-H. (2018). The Spiritual Transcendence Index: An Item Response Theory Analysis. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 28(4), 240–256. https://doi-org.fuller.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/10508619.2018.1507800

Abernethy, A. D., Currier, J. M., Witvliet, C. V. O., Schnitker, S. A., Putman, K. M., Root Luna, L. M., Foster, J. D., Spencer, A., Jones, H., VanHarn, K. J., and Carter, J. (2018). Understanding the roles of religious comfort and strain on depressive symptoms in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000233

King, L. H., Abernethy, A. D., Keiper, C., and Craycraft, A. (2018). Spirituality and eating
disorder risk factors in African American women. Eating And Weight Disorders: EWD. https://doi-org.fuller.idm.oclc.org/10.1007/s40519-018-0611-1

Abernethy, A. D., Allen, D. F., and Carroll, M. A. (2018). Adapting group therapy to address real world problems: Insights from groups offered in the Bahamas. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 68(1), 17–34. https://doi-org.fuller.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/00207284.2017.1335582

Abernethy, A. D. (2017). Spirituality and health research: Incorporating a cultural lens.
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 28, 209-230.

Christman, L. K., Abernethy, A. D., Gorsuch, R. L., and Brown, A.W. (2014) Intrinsic
Religiousness as a mediator between fatalism and cancer-specific fear: Clarifying the
role of fear in prostate cancer screening. Journal of Religion and Health, 53 (3), 760-772.

People

Faculty and Principal investigator

Alexis Abernethy

Alexis D. Abernethy

Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity

Professor of Psychology

BS, HOWARD UNIVERSITY
MA, PHD, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY
Prof_TinaArmstrong

Tina Armstrong

Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

BA IN THEATER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES
EDM IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY, HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, CAMBRIDGE, MA
MA IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PASADENA, CA
MA IN THEOLOGY, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PASADENA, CA
PHD IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, PASADENA, CA

Students

Heather Jones
Patrick Jacques
Nathan Flores
Irina Rivera
Breanna Abram
Mary Jacob Mathew
Rose So
Seanita Scott

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Contact Us
Staff

Jim Cummings, MDiv, MA
Research Administrator
jamescummings2@fuller.edu

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8 am–5 pm

Address

Room 326
180 N. Oakland Ave

Pasadena, CA 91182