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Michael J. Donahue

Michael J. Donahue

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Professor Michael J. Donahue is a personality-social psychologist and secretary of the American Psychological Association's Division 36: Psychology of Religion. He has done field work on the development of abstinence-affirming sexuality education curricula, and co-authored a nationwide study on why people give money to churches. He is also the director of the Sommervogel Archive, an online bibliography of references in the social scientific study of religion, for which he was awarded the Division 36 Distinguished Service Award. His research interests include the empirical psychology of religion, determinants of delinquent and dysfunctional behavior in adolescence, and mathematical models of attitude structure and change.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment


Journal Articles:

  • Benson, P. L., & Donahue, M. J. (1989). Ten-year trends in at-risk behaviors: A national study of black adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 4, 125-139.
  • Donahue, M. J. (1999). The Sommervogel Project: An online reference database in the social scientific study of religion. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 9, 283-286.
  • Donahue, M. J. (1989). Disregarding theology in psychology of religion: Some examples. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 17, 329-335.
  • Donahue, M. J. (1985). Intrinsic and extrinsic religiousness: Review and meta-analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 48, 400-419.
  • Donahue, M. J., & Benson, P. L. (1995). Religion and the well-being of adolescents. Journal of Social Issues, 51, 145-160.

Other Publications:

  • Donahue, M. J. (1995). Catholicism and religious experience. In R. W. Hood, Jr. (Ed.), Handbook of religious experience (pp. 30-48). Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Personality
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics and Methodology

Michael J. Donahue
Institute for the Psychological Sciences
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 511
Arlington, Virginia 22202
United States

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