Santa Clara University

Psychology department

Thomas Plante

The Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ University Professor

Thomas Plante, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University
Department of Psychology
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053-0333
Phone: 408-554-4471
Fax: 408-554-5241

Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Information
Media Interviews
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Spirituality & Health Institute

Active Blog: Psychology Today Blog: "Do the Right Thing: Spirit, Science & Health"

Educational Background
Books Published
Recent Journal Articles
PDFs Available for Recent Research and Journal Articles
Other Information
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Educational Background

ScB Psychology 1982, Brown University
MA Clinical Psychology 1983, University of Kansas
PhD Clinical Psychology, 1987, University of Kansas
Postdoctoral Fellowship and Clinical Internship, 1986-88, Yale University

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PSYC 2: General Psychology II (PDF)

PSYC 118: Advanced Topics in Health Psychology (PDF)
PSYC 114: Ethics in Psychology (PDF) 
PSYC 115: Abnormal Psychology (PDF)

PSYC 117: Health Psychology (PDF)
Psyc 190: Clinical Psychology (PDF)

PSYC 193  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (PDF)

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  • Stress and coping
  • Aerobic exercise and perceived fitness on mood and coping with stress
  • Psychology, religion, and health outcomes
  • Sex offending clergy
  • Psychological screening of clergy applicants
  • Ethics

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Books Published

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Plante, T.G. (Ed.).(2013).  Abnormal Psychology across the Ages. Vol. I: History and Conceptualization, Vol. II: Disorders and Treatments, Vol. III: Future Directions and Current Trends. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Plante, T. G., & McChesney, K. (Eds.). (2011). Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Plante, T. G. (Ed.). (2012). Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Plante, T. G. (2011). Contemporary Clinical Psychology, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Plante, T. G. (Ed). (2010). Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.
Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy

Plante, T. G.  (2009). Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Plante, T. G. & Thoresen, C. E. (2007). Spirit, Science, and Health: How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Physical Wellness. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.

Plante, T.G. (Ed). (2006). Mental Disorders of the New Millennium. Vol. I: Behavioral Issues, Vol. II: Public and Social Problems, Vol. III: Biology and Function. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.
Plante, T.G. (2004).Do the Right Thing: Living Ethical in an Unethical World. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Plante, T. G. (Ed). (2004).Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.
Plante, T. G. (Ed.). (1999). Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.
Plante, T. G., & Sherman, A. S. (Eds.)(2001). Faith and Health: Psychological Perspectives. New York: Guilford.
Plante, T. G. & Sullivan, K. (2000). Getting Together, Staying Together: The Stanford University Course on Intimacy. Bloomington, IN: FirstBooks.

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Recent Journal Articles

Plante, T. G. (2013). A call for life long spiritual and psychological formation of priests. Human Development, 34,30-34.

Kappler, S., Hancock, A., & Plante, T. G. (2012). Roman Catholic gay priests: Internalized homophobia, sexual identity and psychological well being. Pastoral Psychology, 1-22.

Plante, T. G., Morisako, A., Folk, J., Kay, E., Read, C., Dunn, A., Perez, A., & Willemsen, E. (2013). The effect of visual suggestion on exercise motivation and outcomes. Psychology Journal, 10, 23-34.

Plante, T. G. (2012). The 2005 Vatican instruction on homosexuality in seminaries: Are we in a "don't ask, don't tell" world on this topic? Human Development, 33 (3), 32-36.

Oman, D., Thoresen, C. E., Park, C. L., Shaver, P. R., Hood, R., & Plante, T. G. (2012). Spiritual modeling self-efficacy. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 4, 278-297.

Plante, T. G., Favero, T., Rubbo, J., Gregg, S., Morisako, A., & Cuadra, J. (2011). Impact of exercise partner attractiveness on mood, enjoyment, and exertion. International Journal of Exercise Science, 4, Article 7.

Plante, T. G., Gustafson, C., Brecht, C., Imberi, J., & Sanchez, J. (2011). Exercising with an iPod, friend, or neither: Which is better for psychological benefits? American Journal of Health Behavior, 35, 199-208.

Plante, T. G. & Apodaca, C. (2010). Are applicants to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church psychologically healthy? Pastoral Psychology, 60, 279-289.

Plante, T. G. (2010). The Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire: Assessing faith engagement in a brief and nondenominational manner. Religions, 1, 3-8.

Plante, T. G., Mann, S., Madden, M., Lee, G., Hardesty, A., Terry, A., Gable, N., & Kaplow, G. (2010). Effects of perceived fitness level of exercise partner on intensity of exertion. Journal of Social Sciences, 6, 50-54.

Plante, T. G. (2010). What the spiritual and religious traditions offer psychologists.  International Journal of Psychology Research, 4, 1-10.

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PDFs Available for Recent Research and Journal Articles

Exercising with an iPod, friend, or neither: Which is better for psychological benefits?

How does one become spiritual? The Spiritual Modeling Inventory of Life Environments (SMILE).

Effects of perceived fitness level of exercise partner on intensity of exertion

Learning from Spiritual Models and Meditation: A Randomized Evaluation of a College Course

Meditation Lowers Stress and Supports Forgiveness Among College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The Development of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale: An Abbreviation of Sprecher and Fehr’s Compassionate Love Scale

What Do the Spiritual and Religious Traditions Offer the Practicing Psychologist?

The Development of a Brief Version of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire

The Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church: What Psychologists and Counselors Should Know

Reliability and Validity of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire

A Proposed Psychological Assessment Protocol for Applicants to Religious Life in the Roman Catholic Church

Homosexual Applicants to the Priesthood: How Many and Are They Psychologically Healthy?

The Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire

Integrating Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Ethical Issues and Principles to Consider

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Other Information

After Words: Savoring the rewards of patience, contemplation, and TLZ, Santa Clara Magazine, August 2009.
, Time Magazine, Oct. 17, 2005 issue.

Related Links

Spirituality and Health Institute

Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (Word)



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