Michael E. Nielsen, Ph.D.
Michael Nielsen has taught at Georgia Southern University since 1993. He received a B.A. in music and psychology from Southern Utah University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1992. Most of Dr. Nielsen’s studies concern religious conflicts, but he has also studied altered states of consciousness, philosophical aspects of psychology, and peace psychology. His current research interests center on themes of how people construe group boundaries in religion, in a context of religiously-influenced polygamy, and in more general contexts. He regularly offers courses in Psychology of Religion, Social Psychology, History of Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods. Dr. Nielsen is President-Elect of The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Division 36 of the American Psychological Association. He co-edits the Archive for the Psychology of Religion, the journal of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion. He also serves on the editorial boards of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the advisory board of Pakistan Journal of Psychology. He is author of an award-winning website on the Psychology of Religion, has delivered invited lectures on that subject in Kyiv and Istanbul, and has received awards for service from the American Psychological Association and Georgia Southern University. When not at his desk, he enjoys being at home with his family, reading, kite flying, and volleyball.
Last updated: 8/20/2020