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Gina Brelsford - Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State Harrisburg

Book Title: APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality

Author: Kenneth Pargament

Book Description:

This handbook signifies the growth that has occurred in the field of the psychology of religion and spirituality. Once a taboo topic in psychology, it is clear that studying the clinical and research applications related to an individual's religion and spirituality is burgeoning. Of particular interest to me is exploring how clients can benefit from understanding how their religious or spiritual worldviews impact their psychological functioning. Additionally, I find it fascinating to elucidate how religious and spiritual aspects of life influence family and interpersonal relationships. These areas of study were initially sparked by my journey in graduate school that led to numerous questions about family, religion, spirituality, and meaning. Thus, my heart continues to lie in this area of study and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a fantastic group of researchers, clinicians, and teachers exploring the psychology of religion and spirituality. 

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