Research Projects

 

Clergy Spouses & Sexual Misconduct study:
The purpose of this study is to better understand the thoughts and experiences of individuals who have been married to a clergy member who engaged in sexual misconduct. Participants include adults who have been married to a clergy member who engaged in sexual misconduct. Participation includes a 2-hour interview about the participant's thoughts and experiences. All participation is confidential. To learn more, contact Heather Lucas (lucash@spu.edu), Fiona Kurtz (fionak@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu)

Disaster Relief Effectiveness of the Psychology Support Curriculum studies:
The purpose of these studies is to assess the effectiveness of mental health support provided by indigenous volunteers in an international disaster context who were trained in the Psychology Support curriculum. To learn more, contact Jessa Carlile (carlilej@spu.edu), Noël Clark (nclark@spu.edu) or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu)

Female Sexual Desire study:
This study utilizes a systemic approach for understanding the relationship between female sexual desire, differentiation of self, and attachment. Participants include adult women who participate in an online survey about their thoughts and experiences related to relationships and sexuality. To learn more, contact Noel Clark (nclark@spu.edu), Heather Lucas (lucash@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu). UPDATE: This study is no longer recruiting participants

Eye Gaze & Attraction study:
This study examines the relationship between behavioral synchrony and feelings of romantic attraction between previously unknown individuals, as mediated by eye gaze reciprocity. Participants are undergraduate, university students. For more information, contact Sadie Teal (olsons10@spu.edu), Fiona Kurtz (fionak@spu.edu), Ryan Hamann (hamannr@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn
(thoburn@spu.edu)

Enduring Marriage in Individuals Married Greater than 35 years:
The purpose of this research study is to gain a greater understanding of the unique experiences of individuals who are currently in a long-term monogamous marriage. Participants include women and men over the age of 18 years who are currently married to the same spouse for over 35 years. Only one spouse from a marriage can participate. Participation includes a 2 hour maximum interview about the participant’s thoughts and experiences. All participation is voluntary and confidential. To learn more, contact Heather Lucas (lucash@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu)

Outward Facing Couples: Social Interest, Attachment, and Dyadic adjustment study:
We are exploring romantic partners' concern for the wider community, measured as social interest, in relation to the well being of their committed relationship. Dyadic adjustment, which differentiates between distressed and non-distressed couples and identifies their degree of satisfaction with the relationship, is used to measure well-being. We are also examining attachment as a variable that may mediate the relationship between social interest and dyadic adjustment. To learn more, contact Sam Rennebohm (lucash@spu.edu), Jyssica Seebeck (seebackj@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu)

Exploring Predictors of Clergy Sexual Misconduct study:
The purpose of this research study is to examine possible risk factors for Protestant clergy member engagement in sexual misconduct within their ministerial career. We plan to examine both objective assessment reports (MMPI-2 and 16PF) and clinical interviews previously completed when participants were in training for ordination. These tools have often been used within the training process to determine any “red flags” or possible issues for participants during training, but have not been used to identify risk factors for misconduct issues later in their ministry work. All information is kept confidential and de-identified to protect participants’ privacy. To learn more, please contact Sadie Teal (olsons10@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu)

Screening Measures for Ministerial Candidates Pre- and Post-ordination study:
The purpose of this research study is to compare previously completed personality test results to current misconduct issues that pastors are experiencing in their careers. The personality testing was completed by participants during ministerial training and was used for a possible screening tool. By examining these results with current pastoral misconduct issues of participants, we hope to evaluate the effectiveness of the MMPI-2 as a screening tool for ministerial candidates. We plan to use a qualitative design to examine the themes that arise from participant’s experience with pastoral misconduct. All information is kept confidential and participation is voluntary. For more information, please contact Sadie Teal (olsons10@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu)

A Quantitative Analysis of the Instrumental Tasks and Intrinsic Values of Enduring Marriages study:

This study will analyze the factors that contribute to short-term and long-term marriage. To learn more contact Melissa Caris (carism@spu.edu), Honey Williams (williamsc16@spu.edu), or Dr. John Thoburn (thoburn@spu.edu).