Faculty Profile

Jeffrey Adams, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology, Emeritus

M.A., Ph.D. University at Buffalo
A.B. Gordon College

Areas of Expertise:

Social psychology of the self, the psychology of religion, and hunger & eating.

Courses I Teach:

  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Religion
  • History & Issues: Hunger & Eating
  • Advanced Research Methods (graduate)

My Saint Michael's:

Saint Michael's students are curious, active, thinking students who come to college to learn. I like the opportunities the size of my classes affords me: to have conversations and to get to know my students personally. Among the courses I teach, Social Psychology is a nice balance of theory and application. Students are attracted to the issues we cover, and I get to teach topics of great interest to me, such as social influence and liking and loving.

My current research focuses on the relationship between religion and spirituality, and the relationship between cognitive development and religious apostasy.

I contributed the chapter, "Psychology in the Catholic Framework" to an upcoming Oxford University Press book titled Teaching the Tradition: The Good Life in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. With Professor Ron Miller, I coauthored "Bridging Psychology's Scientist vs. Practioner Divide: Fruits of a Twenty Year Dialogue," published in The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Fall 2008).

I also presented at a week-long colloquium in California in summer 2009 called Substantially Catholic. This seminar offered faculty throughout the U.S. an opportunity to discuss issues encountered within their classrooms. My presentations included: "I'm Spiritual, not Religious: Reflections on the Movement toward Rejecting Religion," and "Who to Trust? Religion and Science as Sources of Influence." I will be a returning presenter at the 2012 Substantially Catholic colloquium held in San Francisco.

Life Off Campus:

I enjoy spending time with my family, karate, running, golf, movies, mystery novels and Guitar Hero.

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