Brief Vita for Richard Beck

Educational Background
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology. Southern Methodist University (1997).
M.S., Clinical Psychology. Abilene Christian University (1992).
B.S., Christian Ministry. Abilene Christian University (1989).

Beck, R. (2011). Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. (Amazon link here).

Beck, R. (2012). The Authenticity of Faith: The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience. Abilene, TX: ACU Press. (Amazon link here).

Beck, R. (2013). The Slavery of Death. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. (Amazon link here).

Book Chapters
Beck, R. (2012). On Fear and Following. In And the Criminals with Him: Essays in Honor of Will D. Campbell and All the Reconciled (Eds. Richard Goode & Will Campbell). Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

Beck, R. & Haugen, A.D. (2013). The Christian Religion: A Theological and Psychological Review. In APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, Vol. 1 (Ed. Kenneth I. Pargament). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Research Publications
Clinical Psychology:
Beck, R., & Fernandez, E. (1998). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of anger: A Meta-analysis. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 22, 63-74.

Beck, R., & Fernandez, E. (1998). Cognitive-behavioral self-regulation of anger. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 20, 217-229.

Beck, R. & Perkins, T.S. (2001). Cognitive content-specificity for anxiety and depression: A meta-analysis. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 25, 651-663.

Beck, R., Perkins, T.S., Holder, R., Robbins, M., Gray, M., & Allison, S. (2001). The cognitive and emotional phenomenology of depression and anxiety: Are worry and hopelessness the cognitive correlates of NA and PA? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 25, 829-838.

Frenandez, E. & Beck, R. (2001). Cognitive-behavioral self-intervention versus self-monitoring of anger: Effects on anger frequency, duration, and intensity. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29, 345-356.

Beck, R., Robbins, M., Taylor, C., & Baker, L. (2001) An examination of sociotropy and excessive reassurance seeking in the prediction of depression. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 23, 101-105.

Beck, R., Taylor, C., & Robbins, M. (2003) Missing home: Sociotropy and autonomy and their relationship to depression and homesickness in college freshmen. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 16, 155-166.

Beck, R., Benedict, B., & Winkler, A. (2003). Depression and Anxiety: Integrating the Tripartite and Cognitive content-specificity assessment models. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 25, 251-257.

Psychology of Religion:

Beck, R. & Miller, C.D. (2000). Religiosity, agency and communion and their relationship to religious judgmentalism. Journal of Psychology, 134, 315-324.

Beck, R. & Miller, J.P. (2001). The erosion of belief and disbelief: The relationship of belief in the supernatural with belief in the paranormal. Journal of Social Psychology, 141, 277-287.

Beck, R., Baker, L., Robbins, M., & Dow, S. (2001) A second look at Quest Motivation: Is Quest multidimensional or unidimensional? Journal of Psychology and Theology, 29, 148-157.

Beck, R. & McDonald, A. (2004). Attachment to God: The Attachment to God Inventory, tests of working model correspondence, and an exploration of faith group differences. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 32, 92-103.

Beck, R. & Jessup, R. (2004). The multidimensional nature of Quest motivation. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 32, 283-294.

Beck, R. (2004). The function of religious belief: Defensive versus existential religion. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 23, 208-218.

McDonald, A., Beck, R., Allison, S., & Norsworthy, L. (2005). Attachment to God and Parents: Testing the Correspondence vs. Compensation Hypothesis. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 24, 21-28.

Beck, R. (2006). God as a Secure Base: Attachment to God and theological exploration. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 34, 125-132.

Beck, R. (2006). Communion and Complaint: Attachment, object-relations, and triangular love perspectives on relationship with God. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 34, 43-52.

Beck, R. (2006). Spiritual Pollution: The dilemma of sociomoral disgust and the ethic of love. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 43, 53-65.

Beck, R. (2006). Defensive versus Existential Religion: Is religious defensiveness predictive of worldview defense? Journal of Psychology and Theology, 34, 142-151.

Beck, R. (2007). The winter experience of faith: Empirical, theological, and theoretical perspectives. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 68-78.

Beck, R. & Taylor, S. (2008). The emotional burden of monotheism: Satan, theodicy, and relationship with God. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 36, 151-160.

Beck, R. (2009). Feeling Queasy about the Incarnation: Terror Management Theory, death, and the body of Jesus. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 36, 303-312.

Beck, R. (2009). Profanity: The Gnostic Affront of the Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 37, 294-303.

Beck, R. (2010). The Moral and Psychological Landscape of Chit Chat: Toward a Theological Hermeneutic of Everyday Conversation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29, 41-45.

Beck, R., McGregor, D., Woodrow, B., Haugen, A. & Killion, K. (2010). Death, art and the Fall: A terror management view of Christian aesthetic judgments. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29, 301-307.

Beck, R. (2012). Love in the Laboratory: Moving From Theology to Research. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31, 167-174.

Student Retention:
Morris, J.M., Beck, R., & Smith, A.B. (2004). Examining student/institution fit at a Christian university: The role of spiritual integration. Journal of Education and Christian Belief, 8, 87-100.

Morris, J. M., Beck, R., & Mattis, C. (2007). Examining worldview fit and First-Year retention at a private religiously-affiliated institution. Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students In Transition, 19, 75-88.

Morris, J.M., Reese, J., Beck, R. & Mattis, C. (2010). Facebook usage as a predictor of retention at a private 4-Year institution. Journal of College Student Retention, 11, 311-322.

Pastoral Publications
Beck, R. (2001). Psychological musings about the Churches of Christ. Wineskins, 5(3), 9-12.

Beck, R. (2001). Toxic religion. New Wineskins, Nov./Dec., 42-45.

Beck. R. (2002). Summer and Winter Christians. New Wineskins, March/April, 20-22.

Beck, R. (2007). Ministry in the Post-Cartesian World. Sharing the Practice, 30, 3-6.

Beck, R. (2008). Regarding Sex: Beyond hedonic ambivalence. Leaven, 16, 106-111.

Beck, R. (2011). Gender, Submission, and Ecosystems of Abuse. The Harvard Ichthus, 7 (1), 28-30.

Teaching Awards
ACU Teacher of the Year, Abilene Christian University (2008)

Honors Professor of the Year, ACU Honors College (2006)

Classroom Teaching Award, ACU College of Arts and Sciences (2008)

Student Mentoring Award, ACU College of Arts and Sciences (2001)

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  1. Dear Richard,

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  3. Hi Richard. Your blog and interdisciplinary mix of theology and psychology greatly interest me. I'm in the process of discerning God's will, trying to figure out what type of mission He has in store for me, but I also struggle with chronic depression (dysthymia). The biggest problem lies in the fact that most of the time I have no motivation or drive to do anything at all, and the depression seems to transform everything into 'flavorless greyness'. How do I figure out what I want, and what God wants, if most of the time I feel like I don't want anything at all?

  4. Hi Daniel, that's hard to answer in a blog comment. But I'd say two things. First, don't base any decision solely on your feelings. Seek the counsel, wisdom, and support of others who know you well and who care about you. Second, I don't think "will of God" is a life choice we make, "doors" to open that we have to choose between. I think the "will of God" is simply being a human being characterized by grace, patience, mercy, kindness and love. Toward yourself first and then toward others.

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