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. Even for the limited span of time (past 5 years) covered in the "recent" sections, these are just examples because otherwise the presentation list would be impractically lengthy.

Professional Organization Recognition

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

Books

Hood, R. W., Jr., & Williamson, W. P. (2008). Them that believe: The power and meaning of Christian serpent handling. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Hood, R. W., Jr., Hill, P. C., & Williamson, W. P. (2005). The psychology of religious fundamentalism. New York: Guilford Press. 
Langley, T. (2012). Batman and psychology: A dark and stormy knight. New York: Wiley.
Weldon, S., & Langley, T. (2004). Instructor’s manual for Kagan and Segal's Psychology: An introduction (9th ed.) as revised by Baucum and Smith. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 
Williamson, W. P. (1999). Foundations: Concise history, polity and doctrine of the Church of God of Prophecy. Cleveland, TN: White Wing Publishing House.

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, 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, 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, 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. (2009). Freedom versus security: The basic human dilemma from 9/11 to Marvel's Civil War. International Journal of Comic Art, 11, 426-435
Langley, T. (2012). The psychodynamic duo: Freud and Jung on Batman and Robin. [Excerpts from Batman and psychology: A dark and stormy knight]. Academic Forum, 29, 1-18. 
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, 1-13.
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, 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, 579-581.  
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2011). Spirit baptism: A phenomenological study of religious experience. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 14, 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, 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, 721-747.  
Williamson. W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2013). Spiritual transformation. A phenomenological study among recovering substance abusers. Pastoral Psychology, 62, 889-906.

Recent Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries

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. (2010). Al Feldstein. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Encyclopedia of comic books and graphic novels (Vol. 1, pp. 209-210). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Langley, T. (2010). Quality Comics. In M. K. Booker (Ed.), Encyclopedia of comic books and graphic novels (Vol. 2, pp. 493-494). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Langley, T. (2013). The Joker. In R. Duncan & M. Smith (Eds.), Icons of the American comic book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman (Vol. 1, pp. 375-382). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio. 
Langley, T. (2013). Our superheroes, our supervillains: Are they all that different? In R. Rosenberg (Ed.), Our superheroes, ourselves (pp. 97-114). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 
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).

Recent 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. Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, 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. Presented at the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Conference, Manhattan, KS.
Beltzer, E. K., Robicheaux, T.R., & Leger, D.W. (March, 2007). The mediating relationship of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on HPA-axis reactivity. Presented at the 27th Annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention, Manhattan, KS. 
Langley, T. (2012, April). Batman at the blackboard: How a fictional orphan-vigilante can teach psychology. Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK.
Langley, T. (2012, April). Launching a CANOE: Admirers’ “Big Five” personality factor assessments of their heroes. Southwestern Psychological Association, Oklahoma City, OK.
Langley, T., & Daily, J. (2013, April). Superhero psychology and law. Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, AR
Langley, T., Letamendi, A., McClancy, K., Kistler, A., & Miller, B. Q. (2013, March). The filter of fiction: Batman, Spider-Man, and trauma. Comics Art Conference, WonderCon, Anaheim, CA.
Langley, T., Rosenberg, R., Meriwether, L., Pantozzi, J., & Uslan, M. (2011, July). Psychology of the Dark Knight: How trauma formed the Batman and why he’s got a thing for “bad girls.” Comics Arts Conference, San Diego Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.
Langley, T., Rosenberg, R., Uslan, M., Wein, L., Englehart, S., & Meriwether, L. (2012, July). The Dark Knight Rises: Is Batman broken? Comics Arts Conference, San Diego Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.
Rosenberg, R., Langley, T., Robinson, J., Englehart, S., Uslan, M., & West, A. (2009, July). Is the Joker a psychopath? You decide! Comics Arts Conference, Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.
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.
Scarlet, J., Cardona, J., Langley, T., & Ann, E. (2014, April). Psychology of cult TV shows. WonderCon, Anaheim, CA.
Rosenberg, R., Langley, T., Robinson, J., Englehart, S., Uslan, M., & West, A. (2009, July). Is the Joker a psychopath? You decide! Comics Arts Conference, Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA. 
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.  
Williamson, W. P., & Hood, R. W., Jr. (2010, October). The Lazarus Project: Progress in an empirical study of spiritual transformation. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore.  
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.  
Williamson, W. P. (2012 October). Spiritual mentoring: A factor in spiritual transformation at the Lazarus Project. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Phoenix.  
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.

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