Casual Academic Staff
Co-founder & Project Leader
PhD (Religious Studies)
MPhil (Religion and Cultural Psychology)
I am interesting in the theoretical and methodological empirical inquiry into the study of religion, belief/non-belief, and experience in multicultural and multi-faith societies. I am particularly interested in exploring the individual’s experience, both personal and social, through a variety of psychological theories, tools, and methods. My research has contributed to the study of 1) relational spirituality and 2) place spirituality in the psychology of religion field. My scholarly work extends the conceptualization of spirituality into the domain of intimate relationships that involve attachment to God, subjective religiosity, relational psychoanalysis, an interplay of God and self, and the intersection of people-place and believer-God relationships. Since most of the empirical studies conducted in the area of relational spirituality have focused on North American Christian population, my research has expanded the framework to include the experiences of people in other cross-cultural contexts.
Most of my scholarly work coalesce around adult attachment theory and my interest has been to understand how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied relationship with others.
Interested in developing models of emotional and spiritual support that can be helpful in all cultures and religious traditions. This is reflected in my scholarly work on ‘Theology of Juxtaposition’, ‘Missional Therapy’, and ‘Caregiving Faith Theology’.
I am interested in the interplay between individuals and their environments. Particularly, I am interested in environment-behaviour theories such as place attachment and sense of place, and how these concepts can help us understand religious behaviour
I am interested in the complex and changing relationship between religion, place, and health in migration and humanitarian contexts.
I am interested in attachment-related terrorism and religious psychopathology. My work examines the consequence of attachment relationships with God, and to place, as object/s of attachment. In other words, I am asking, ‘What if individuals involved in acts of terrorism are predisposed to psychopathological issues that are linked to their attachment bond with a religious figure or a significant place of attachment?’; ‘What happens when one’s attachment to a particular place is disrupted through war conflict and external invasion?’; ‘What happens to the individual when their relationship with a religious figure (e.g. God, Allah, etc.) is disrupted through bigotry and slurs?’; and ‘How can we understand radicalization through the lens of attachment?’
I am passionate about research and interested in equipping students and leaders with quantitative and qualitative research skills that will enable them to be effective researchers in their respective fields.
Member of IPAN, an arm of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS).