Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Kathleen A. Ryan

Professor

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. , M.S. Experimental Psychology, Bowling Green State University
  • B.S. Psychology, San Diego State University

Courses Taught

  • PSY 201/202 Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 252 Social Psychology
  • PSY 314 Psychology of Women
  • PSY 329 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 330 Behavioral Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
  • PSY 340 Biopsychology
  • PSY 366 Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 458 Learning
  • PSY 585 Research Methods for Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 590 Research Application in Psychology and Human Services

Research Interests

My general research interests are currently in the motivational framework of religiosity and spirituality as it relates to one's subjective well-being. How one chooses to be religious or spiritual and the goals one pursues in such an involvement appears to influence one's subjective well-being. I am interested in identifying those means and ends of religiosity that result in negative well-being and those that result in positive well-being.

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Fiorito, B., & Ryan, K. (2007). Spirituality and psychological well-being: A corroboration and mediator-moderator study. Review of Religious Research, 48(4), 341-368.
  • Ryan, K. & Fiorito, B. (2003). Means-ends spirituality questionnaire: reliability, validity and relationship to psychological well-being. Review of Religious Research, 45(2), 130-154.
  • Ryan, K. & Fiorito, B. (2002). Concurrent and discriminant validity of the means-ends spirituality questionnaire. East Lancing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED458475).

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