Santa Clara University

Psychology department

Thomas Plante


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 (MSWord)

PSYC 114: Ethics in Psychology (MSWord) 
PSYC 115: Abnormal Psychology (MSWord)

PSYC 116: Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology (MsWord)

PSYCH 117: Health Psychology (MSWord)

PSYC 118: Advanced Topics in Health Psychology (MSWord)

PSYC 193:  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (MSWord)

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  • Psychology, religion, and health outcomes
  • Sex offending clergy
  • Psychological screening of Catholic and Episcopal clergy applicants
  • Professional and personal ethics
  • Psychological benefits of physical exercise

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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 Professional Journal Articles (selected partial list)

For more complete list see my CV 

Plante, T. G. (2015). Six principles to consider when working with Roman Catholic clients. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2 (3), 233-237.

Plante, T. G. (2015). Four lessons learned from treating Catholic priest sex offenders. Pastoral Psychology, 64, 407-412.

Rashedi, R., Plante, T. G., & Callister, E. S. (2015). Cultivating the spirit: Planting compassionate seeds in higher education.  Journal of Psychology and Theology, 43(2) 131-139.

Thomas, S. N., & Plante, T. G. (2015). Psychological well-being of Roman Catholic and Episcopal clergy applicants. Pastoral Psychology, 64

Plante, T. G. (2014). Four steps to improve religious/spiritual cultural competence in professional psychology, Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1 (4), 288-292

Plante, T. G., Oppezzo, M., Diaz, L., Pistoresi, S., Santos, M., & Fahey, J. Kay, E., Britton, B., & Khan, S. (2014). The influence of exercise environment and gender on mood and exertion.
  International Journal of Exercise Science, 7 (3) 220-227.

Plante, T. G. (2014). If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen: A reflection on "Student beliefs, multiculturalism, and client welfare." Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1 (2), 96-97.

Pakpour, A. H., Plante, T. G., Saffari, M., & Fridlund, B. (2014). The Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (SCSORF): A validation study on Iranian Muslim patients undergoing dialysis. Journal of Religion and Health.

Plante, T. G. (2013). Get Rich U or Get Transformed U: Reflections on Catholic liberal arts education in the 21st century. Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education, 2 (1), 1-13.

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

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.

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. (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.

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PDFs Available for Recent Research and Journal Articles

Additional article links can be found on

Get Rich U or Get Transformed U: Reflection on Catholic Liberal Arts Education in the 21st Century

The influence of exercise environment and gender on mood and exertion

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.

Screening Clergy Applicants for the Catholic Church, Time Magazine
, Oct. 17, 2005


Related Links

Spirituality and Health Institute

Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (Word)



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