Faculty Works

Our students and faculty members keep busy with a variety of scholarly activities. Here are some recent examples of our faculty members' accomplishments. This is not an all-inclusive list. These are just examples because otherwise some of these lists would be impractically long.

Professional Organization Recognition

Dr. Aneeq Ahmad served as President-Elect (2012), President (2013), and Past-President (2014) of the Southwestern Psychological Association.
Dr. Travis Langley was a featured guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (2015).
Dr. Paul Williamson received the Distinguished Service Award (2013) from the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (American Psychological Association Division 36).

Recent Books Authored

Langley, T. (2012). Batman and psychology: A dark and stormy knight. New York, NY: Wiley.
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2016). Psychology and spiritual transformation in a substance abuse program: The Lazarus Project. Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Recent Journal Articles

Bejarano, R., & Foltz, A. (2013). Function transfer in human operant experiments: The roles of stimulus pairings and covert verbal mediation. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, 29(1), 8-11.
Beltzer, E. K., Fortunato, C. K., Guaderrama, M. M., Peckins, M. K., Garramone, B. M., & Granger, D. K. (2010). Saliverary flow and alpha-amylase: Collection technique, duration, and oral fluid type. Physiology & Behavior, 101(2), 289-286.
Granger, D. A., Fortunato, C. K., Beltzer, E. K., Virag, M., Bright, M. A., & Out, D. (2012). Focus on methodology: Salivary bioscience and research on research on adolescence: An integrated perspective. Journal of Adolescence, 35(4), 1081-1095.
Hood, R. W., Jr., & Williamson, W. P. (2011). Near-death experience from serpent bites in religious settings. Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 7(7), 1-19.
Langley, T., & Rosenberg, R. (2011). Reflections on the psychopathy of the Joker: A Comic-Con panel report. International Journal of Comic Art, 13, 654-676.
Nemoda, Z., Horvat-Gordon, M., Fortunato, C. K., Beltzer, E. K., Scholl, J. L., & Granger, D. A. (2011). Assessing genetic polymorphisms using oral fluid as a biospecimen. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11(1), 1-13.
Robles, E., Vargas, P., & Bejarano, R. (2009). Within-subject differences in delay-discounting rate as a function of order of presentation of hypothetical cash rewards. Behavioural Processes, 81(2), 260-263.
Silver, C., Hood, R. W., Jr., & Williamson, W. P. (2013). The differential evaluation of religious risk rituals involving serpents in two cultures. Studia Relicologica, 46(1), 7-21. DOI: 10.4467/20844077SR.13.001.12.   
Williamson, W. P. (2010). [Review of Religious fundamentalism: Global, local and personal]. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49(3), 579-581.  
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2011). Spirit baptism: A phenomenological study of religious experience. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 14(6), 543-559. 
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2012). The Lazarus Project: A longitudinal study of spiritual transformation among substance abusers. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 15(6), 611-635. 
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2013). Religious fundamentalism and perceived threat: A report from an experimental study. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture. (Currently online; forthcoming in print)   
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2013). The role of mentoring in spiritual transformation. A faith-based approach to recovery from substance abuse. Pastoral Psychology. (Currently online; forthcoming in print)  
Williamson, W. P., Hood, R. W., Jr., Ahmad, A., Sadiq, M., & Hill, P. C. (2010). The Intratextual Fundamentalism Scale: Cross-cultural application, validity evidence, and relationship with religious orientation and the Big 5 factor markers. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 13(7-8), 721-747.  
Williamson. W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2013). Spiritual transformation. A phenomenological study among recovering substance abusers. Pastoral Psychology, 62(6), 889-906.

Recent Chapters

Hood, R. W., Jr., & Williamson, W. P. (2012). Ambiguity in the signs as an antidote to the impediment of Godly love in primitive and progressive Pentecostals. In M. T. Lee & A. Yong (Eds.), Godly love: Impediments and possibilities (pp. 21-40). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Langley, T. (2015). Freedom versus security: The basic human dilemma from 9/11 to Marvel's Civil War. In K. M. Scott (Ed.), Marvel Comics’ Civil War and the age of terror: Critical essays on the comic saga (pp. 69-76). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Langley, T. (2016). A dark and stormy knight: Why Batman? In D. Barnard (Ed.), Sparks: A reader to energize writing (4th ed.) (pp. 122-130). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Madrid, M., & Langley, R. M. (2017). A mother's magic: Parenting issues in paradise. In T. Langley & M. Wood (Eds.), Wonder Woman psychology: Lassoing the truth. New York, NY: Sterling.
Williamson, W. P. (2010). Appalachian mountain religion. In C. H. Lippy & P. W. Williams (Eds.), Encyclopedia of religion in America. Washington, DC: CQ Press (Sage Publications).

Books Edited

Langley, T. (2015). Star Wars psychology: Dark side of the mind. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T. (2015). The Walking Dead psychology: Psych of the living dead. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T. (2016). Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, security, psychology. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T. (2016). Doctor Who psychology: A Madman with a box. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T. (2016). Game of Thrones psychology: The mind is dark and full of terrors. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T. (2017). Star Trek psychology: The mental frontier. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T., & Wood, M. (2017). Wonder Woman psychology: Lassoing the truth. New York, NY: Sterling.
Langley, T., & Zubernis, L. S. (2017). Supernatural psychology: Roads less traveled. New York, NY: Sterling.

Examples of Presentations

Bejarano, R. (2009). Determinants of function transfer in humans. Association of Behavior Analysis International, Phoenix, AZ.
Beltzer, E. K., Granger, D. A., Horvart-Gordon, M., Fortunato, C. K., Scholl, J. L., & Nemoda, Z. (2011, March). Utility of salivary DNA assessments in child development studies: methodological considerations for collection and storage. Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Beltzer, E. K., Robicheaux, T.R., & Leger, D.W. (August, 2007). Basal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a strong predictor of HPA-axis reactivity: a naturalistic acute stress investigation. International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, Manhattan, KS.
Beltzer, E. K., Robicheaux, T.R., & Leger, D.W. (March, 2007). The mediating relationship of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on HPA-axis reactivity. Great Plains Students’ Psychology, Manhattan, KS. 
Langley, T. (2015, April). The filter of fiction: How Batman, Buffy, Breaking Bad, and more teach real psychology. Southwestern Psychological Association, Wichita, KS.
Langley, T. (2016, July). Navigating the borders between narrative and psychological science. International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, Chicago, IL.
Robles, E., Schafer, M., Wilson, R., Scarpati, F., & Bejarano, R. (2009). Degree of delay discounting as predictor of outcome of methamphetamine abuse treatment. Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, Phoenix, AZ.
Williamson, W. P. (2013). Religious fundamentalism and racial prejudice: A study concerned with implicit and explicit measurement. Pre-conference on Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, LA.  
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2011, August). Spiritual transformation as the outcome of a personal religious experience and a vision. Congress of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Bari, Italy.  
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2012, October). Spiritual mentoring: A factor in spiritual transformation at the Lazarus Project. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Phoenix, AZ.
Williamson, W. P. (2012, October). Spiritual mentoring: A factor in spiritual transformation at the Lazarus Project. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Phoenix, AZ.
Williamson, W. P. (2013, January). Religious fundamentalism and racial prejudice: A study concerned with implicit and explicit measurement. Pre-conference on Psychology of Religion-Spirituality at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Ongoing Online Activities

"Beyond Heroes and Villains"  - Psychology Today column by Dr. Travis Langley.