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.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Gillespie, V. B. , Donahue, M. J., Gane, B., & Boyatt, E. (2003). Valuegenesis Series: Ten Years Later: A Study of Two Generations. Riverside, CA: Hancock Publications.
- Hoge, D. R., Zech, C. E., McNamara, P. H., & Donahue, M. J. (1996). Money matters: Personal giving in American churches. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox.
- 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., & Benson, P. L. (1995). Religion and the well-being of adolescents. Journal of Social Issues, 51, 145-160.
- 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. (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. (1995). Catholicism and religious experience. In R. W. Hood, Jr. (Ed.), Handbook of religious experience (pp. 30-48). Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press.
- Cognitive Psychology
- Introductory Psychology
- Psychology of Religion
- Social Psychology
- Statistics and Methodology
Michael J. Donahue
Institute for the Psychological Sciences
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202