People & Contacts


Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality



Affiliated Faculty and Staff


Christine Kennedy, M.Div., Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality
Phone:  (812) 237-9033
Email:  christine.kennedy@indstate.edu

Toni Bolinger
Office Administrator, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality
Phone: (812) 237-2464
Email: tonyabolinger@indstat.edu


Thomas J. Johnson, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality
Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (812) 237-2449
Email: thomas.johnson@indstate.edu  
Areas of Interest: Religiousness/ spirituality and addictive behaviors; personal goals and well-being; forgiveness, altruism, & aggression; measurement of religiousness and spirituality; health effects of music.
 

Jean L. Kristeller, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences 
Email: jean.kristeller@indstate.edu
Areas of Interest: Mind-body health; mindfulness meditation; integrating spirituality into care practice


Elonda Ervin, Ph.D.
University Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity
Indiana State University
Elonda.ervin@indstate.edu

Pegy Weber, Ph.D.
MSW Program Director and Associate Professor
Department of Social Work, Indiana State University
Peggy.Weber@indstate.edu

Zachariah Mathew
Associate Director
Office of International Programs and Services
Zachariah.mathew@indstate.edu


Mary Howard-Hamilton, Ed.D
Raleigh Holmstedt Distinguished Professor HIgher Education Program
Department of Educational Leadership
Bayh College of Education
Phone: (812) 237-2907
Email:mary.howard-hamilton@indstate.edu
Area of Interest: Multicultural issues in higher education, gender role socialization, intersections of race/gender/oppression, student development.

Kandace Hinton, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Bayh College of Education
Phone: (812) 237-2897
Email: kandace.hinton@indstate.edu 
Area of Interest: The African American experience in higher education; policy initiatives that impede or enhance access; institutional impact of outreach programs on communities.

Patrick Bennett, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (812) 237-2446
Email: patrick.bennett@indstate.edu
Areas of Interest: Religion and health; psychology of religion; Social psychology of health

Michele Boyer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Counseling
Bayh College of Education
Email: michele.boyer@indstate.edu
Areas of Interest: Intercultural communication, and ethics in psychology; religion/spirituality in psychology; supervision/training; feminist theory and practice; sports psychology

Betsy Frank, RN, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nursing
College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services
Email: betsy.frank@indstate.edu
Para-Rabbinic Fellow, United Hebrew Congregation
Areas of Interest: Spiritual intervention in oncology patients; Continuous quality improvement; Job satisfaction; qualitative methodologies

Roy Geib, Ph.D.
Alvin S. Levine Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine at Terre Haute
Phone: (812) 237-8313
Email: rgeib@iupui.edu
Areas of Interest: Virology and Immunology: molecular biology of host-controlled resistance to oncogenic viruses; Psychoneuroimmunology; exploring healthy aging and wellness using mind-body activities such as Tai-chi, meditation, yoga, and religious practices.

Rosetta Haynes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Interest:  African American literature, multicultural American literature, women's literature, and spiritual autobiography.


Janis Leigh, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Areas of Interest:  Mindfulness, obesity and weight loss, and Diabetes-Type II adherence.  Specialization in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine with an emphasis in primary care and chronic disease management.

Margaret M. Moga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine at Terre Haute
Adjunct Associate Professor of Life Sciences, Indiana State University
Research Professor, Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Areas of Interest:  The subtle and energetic aspects of healing, including such diverse practices as Reiki, Qigong, Reconnective Healing, Healing Touch and other energy therapies.

Jacqueline Shin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Areas of Interest: Subcorticol functioning; Cognitive function in neurodegenerative disease; Cognitive and brain mechanisms of action sequences and timing; Tai Chi; Procedural learning of cognitive and motor sequences; Cognitive-motor coordination; Development of procedural skill across the life span

Virgil Sheets, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (812) 237-2451
Email: virgil.sheets@indstate.edu
Areas of Interest: Evolutionary psychology; Religion, spirituality, and love; Spiritual experiences in nature; Measurement of religiousness and spirituality; Spirituality and environment; attitudes toward atheism & evolution; evolutionary origins of religion; self-expansion; and mortality salience.