Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Ralph L. Piedmont, Ph.D.

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Ralph L. Piedmont

Professor of Pastoral Counseling

Loyola University Maryland
Pastoral Counseling Department
8890 McGaw Road
Suite 380D
Columbia, MD 21045


Ph.D., Boston University
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Iona College

Dr. Piedmont received his Ph.D. in personality psychology from Boston University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Aging, where he was trained in taxonomic models of personality and their relevance for understanding mental and physical health outcomes. His current research interests focus on the measurement of spiritual transcendence, a construct that represents a broad, nondenominational, motivational measure of spirituality. He has demonstrated the predictive value of this construct in both normal and clinical contexts, using both American and cross-cultural samples. Dr. Piedmont is extensively published in the scientific literature and is on the editorial boards for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Counseling and Values. He is currently the co-editor of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion and is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. In addition, Dr. Piedmont serves as the president of the American Psychological Association's Division 36 which focuses on the Psychology of Religion and is the director of the Loyola College Pastoral Counseling and APA co-sponsored Mid-Year Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality. The aim of the conference is to leverage resources in an effort to stimulate research in the area of psychology and religion/spirituality.