Curriculum Vitae: Thomas J. Coleman III

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Thomas J. Coleman III


615 McCallie Avenue

Department of Psychology

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403  USA


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Personal Information

Born: February 8th, 1984 – Annapolis Maryland

Citizenship: United States of America



  • Currently a Senior graduating in May 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and starting the Research Psychology Masters program under Professor Ralph W. Hood Jr. August 2014 (tentatively)


Honors And Awards

  • Member – PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Assistant Editor for The Religious Studies Project, December 2013 – present
  • Director of the Hood Psychology of Religion Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.
  • Assistant Project Manager Position on the Bielefeld International Spirituality Research Study
  •   2013 Duke University scholarship awarded for the Summer Research Course on Religion, Spirituality and Health
  • 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion student scholarship fee waiver
  • 2013 Center For Inquiry Student Leadership Conference travel scholarship
  • 2012 Richard Dawkins Foundation scholarship awarded for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Convention


Association Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • International Association for the Psychology of Religion


Research Interests

Exploring the advanced methodologies in the domains of qualitative and quantitative research focusing in the psychology of religion and spirituality. Specific interests include horizontal / vertical transcendence, spirituality, secularization, non-belief, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and narrative / biographical analysis and philosophical psychology.

Current Projects And Research

  • Research consultant for Liberty University PhD. candidate Winnie Gray White for  “Christian music experiences in the faith development of adolescents: A phenomenological study”, January 2014 to present.
  • Teaching Assistant for Dr. David Ross social psychology 3310 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga spring 2014 semester.
  • Research Coordinator for “The Effects of Cognitive Load and Stereotypic Thinking on the Interpretation of Religious Experience” with Matthew C. Durham and Christopher F. Silver, May 2013 to present.
  • Project Manager for “Islamic Acculturation in America” with graduate researcher Hadia Ghazi, May 2013 to present.
  • Project Manager for a study of Non-Belief in America with Christopher F. Silver, November 2012 to June 2013.
  • Assistant Project manager for the USA, conducting spirituality research with Heinz Streib, Barbara Keller and Ralph W. Hood Jr., June 2012 to present.


Publications And Papers


Edited / Reviewed Blog Publications


Conference Presentations

  • Coleman, T. J. III, Hood, R. W. Jr & Silver, C. F. (2013, August 30) Horizontal and Vertical Transcendence; A theory, the paradigm, and research paper presented at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland

  • Silver, C. F. & Coleman, T. J. III (2013, Aug 31) Empirical Explorations of Spirituality Panel presented at the American Psychological Association 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu Hawaii
  • Silver, C. F., Coleman, T. J. III, Keller, B., Klein, C, Hood, R. W. Jr. & Streib, H (2013, August 28) Spirituality” in Germany and the United States: New Results on the Semantic, Psychological and Biographical Perspectives panel presented at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland

Invited Presentations

  • Outside the In-Group: Prayer, Politics and the Separation of Church and State in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Invited presentation at The Chattanooga Humanist Assembly April 6th, 2014
  • The Six Types of Nonbelief. Invited presentation at Glyndwr University UK. (Scheduled) June 12th, 2014 in the Psychology Seminar Series

The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series Interviews

Conference Reports

Book Reviews

Media Interviews

Media Contacts