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Loyola Pastoral Counseling Department Co-Hosts Religion And Spirituality Conference

Loyola University Maryland's department of pastoral counseling will co-host the ninth annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality with Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association. The event takes place Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at Loyola's Graduate Center – Columbia Campus. Pre-conference seminars will be held on April 14.

The nation's only professional conference focused on research in religion and spirituality, the conference provides a supportive academic forum where professionals can discuss the latest research findings and scientific advances in the field.

Session topics range from "The Role of Individual Differences in Understanding Self and God," "Prayer and Wellbeing among Cancer Patients," "Multicultural Issues in Spirituality," and "Globalization and Ethical Practice."

Thomas Plante, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Santa Clara University, will offer the conference's presidential address. Other participating speakers include Roy Baumister, Ph.D., the Eppes Prominent Professor of Psychology and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University, who will present "Toward a Scientific Theory of Free Will," and Paul Costa, Ph.D., professor of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who will present "The Five-Factor Model and Five-Factor Theory of Personality in Understanding and Researching Constructs of Religiousness and Spirituality."

For more information, including costs, accommodation details, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit, e-mail, or call 410-617-7608.