8th SRCD Preconference

The Role of Cultural Processes in Religious and Spiritual Development

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 9:30am – 5pm

Location: Room 18 A, Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center

Registration is FREE! RSVP here.

As developmental psychology has given spirituality and religion more attention as important domains and contexts of development, research on religious and spiritual development has flourished recently; for example, the soon-to-be-released Special Issue of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology on Religion, Culture and Development. This preconference convenes a growing community of scholars interested in theoretically understanding and empirically examining the nature and function of religion and spirituality in the lives of children and adolescents. Additionally, we explore ways to conceptualize and operationalize religion and spirituality as contexts in which human development occurs. This preconference will help scholars interested in the study of religious and spiritual development think about how religious and spiritual development can inform traditional assumptions and approaches to understanding developmental processes. In the past, attendees have represented research from multiple interacting dimensions of development (socioemotional, cognitive, psychopathology) and varying dimensions of religious & spiritual development (concepts, cognitive processes, moral reasoning, identity, parenting, etc.). The program ensures diversity in the religious belief systems discussed, the cultural systems from which participants are recruited, and the methods taken in the study of religious and spiritual development.

In addition to keynote speakers, the preconference features a variety of formats, including round-table discussions, poster presentations, and research talks in order to foster discussion, build research networks, and connect younger and more established scholars to each other. SRCD attendees whose work addresses any of the above topics or who simply wish to learn more about this these issues are invited to attend.

Schedule: Here is a link to the schedule: SRCD 2017 PreCon Schedule


Dr. Cristine Legare (The University of Texas at Austin), Does the Body Survive Death? Cultural Variation in Beliefs about Life Everlasting

Dr. Kathleen Corriveau (Boston University), The Role of Religious Exposure and Culture on Children and Adult’s Reasoning about What Is Real and What Is Possible

Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King (Fuller Theological Seminary) & Dr. Sarah Schnitker (Fuller Theological Seminary), Spirituality and Thriving: A Developmental and Personality Interdisciplinary Approach

Dr. Rebekah Richert (University of California, Riverside), Parents’ Direct & Indirect Influences on Religious Concept Development

Dr. Kathleen Cain (Gettysburg College), Seeking Knowledge and Becoming Inspired:  Religious Practices as Cultural Tools in American Muslim Adolescents

Dr. Mona Abo-Zena (University of Massachusetts, Boston), “Church” and State:  Integrating Cultural Funds of Knowledge and Religious and Spiritual Dimensions of Self into Education

Poster Session: If you are presenting a poster at SRCD on topics related to Religious and Spiritual Development, we will have a place for you to display your poster at the preconference.

Sponsors: This preconference is generously supported by The John Templeton Foundation and the Thrive Center at Fuller Theological Seminary

Registration: FREE! & will include light snacks and lunch, space is limited; RSVP here

Organizers: Dr. Rebekah Richert (University of California, Riverside), Dr. Chris Boyatzis (Bucknell University), Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Questions: Please email Dr. Rebekah Richert (rebekah.richert@ucr.edu)