Position: Research Fellow
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With a background in both psychology and religious studies from her BA at the University of Oregon and MTS at Harvard University, Carissa completed her PhD regarding how people think about the self and supernatural others at the University of Cambridge in 2013. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oregon, and as a research associate at Coventry University, before becoming a research fellow at Newman.
Carissa has received two large-scale research grants from the John Templeton Foundation: "Religious Complexity: Does complex religion make good people?" (Co-Investigator), and "God-complexity: Conceptualising the Divine" (Principle Investigator)
Carissa’s current projects include Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum, in which she investigates the psychological processes associated with people’s perceptions of the relationship between science and religion, and God-complexity: Conceptualizing the Divine, in which she applies social cognitive processes in order to better understand how people think about God.
Carissa is principal investigator of the research project, "God-complexity: Conceptualising the Divine".
Membership of professional organisations
Carissa is a member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Dr C Sharp