Baylor Professor Awarded International Prize for Research in Psychology of ReligionMarch 16, 2017
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WACO, Texas (March 16, 2016) – The International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) awarded the Godin Prize for the Scientific Study of Religion to Wade Rowatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Once every four years, IAPR awards the Godin Prize to a senior scholar who excels in the study of the psychology of religion. Rowatt was nominated for the Godin Prize by a committee of five scholars from Europe and the United States.
“It’s very affirming to receive this research award named for André Godin, a professor of psychology of religion who pioneered and encouraged the use of more rigorous scientific theory and methods to study the important roles of religion in people’s lives,” Rowatt said. “Those of us who continue to work in the field are simply carrying the torch handed to us by our mentors and we’re passing it on to the students we mentor.”
Rowatt’s research focuses on the connections between dimensions of religiousness, prosociality and prejudices using methods and empirical approaches common in social and personality psychology. He also studies the positive psychology of humility.
“Dr. Rowatt is among the world’s most accomplished scholars in the psychology of religion, and my colleagues and I in psychology and neuroscience are thrilled to see him receive the Godin Prize,” said Charles Weaver, Ph.D., department chair and professor of psychology and neuroscience. “We are fortunate to have such a distinguished scientist and gifted teacher and mentor at Baylor University, and we are grateful that many more generations of Baylor students will benefit from Dr. Rowatt’s expertise.”
IAPR is an international organization founded in 1914 to promote scientific research and exchange in the psychology of religion. The IAPR has no religious affiliation.
“IAPR is a small but thriving and diverse group of researchers from around the world who study the psychology of religion,” Rowatt said. “IAPR’s peer-reviewed journal, the Archive for the Psychology of Religion, publishes empirical and theoretical work aimed at better understanding the development of religiousness and its functions.”
With the Godin Prize, Rowatt was awarded 1,000 euros and invited to present a keynote lecture at the next IAPR conference in Norway this August.
by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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