Department ofPsychology

Thomas Plante

Tom Plante
Thomas Plante

The Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ University Professor

Blog 1 : Psychology Today Blog: "Do the Right Thing: Spirit, Science & Health"

Blog 2: SCU Illuminate Thought Leader Blog

Blog 3: Huffington Post Blog

Biographical Information

Media Interviews

Scholar Common

APA PyscIQ 2017: Thomas Plante Investigates the Ethical Life

Living Ethically in an Unethical World

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


PSYC 2: General Psychology II (DOC)
PSYC 114: Ethics in Psychology (DOC)
PSYC 115: Abnormal Psychology (DOC)
PSYC 116: Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology (DOC)
PSYC 117: Health Psychology (DOC)
PSYC 118: Advanced Topics in Health Psychology (DOC)
PSYC 193:  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (DOC)


  • 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

Books Published 

Healing with Spiritual Practices    Plante, T. G. (Ed.). (2018). Healing with Spiritual Practices: Proven Techniques for Disorders from Addictions and Anxiety to Cancer and Chronic PainSanta Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO. ISBN: 978-1-4408-6069-0. 
Living Well book cover by Thomas Plante    Plante, T.G. (Ed.). (2018). Living Well: Doing the Right Thing for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Communities. Santa Barbara, CA: Nova, in production. 
  Plante, T. G., & Plante, L. G. (2017). Graduating with Honor: Best Practices to Promote Ethics Formation in College Students. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.
  Plante, T. G. (Ed.). (2015). The Psychology of Compassion and Cruelty: Understanding the Emotional, Spiritual, andReligious Influences.Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.
  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.
  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.


Related Links

Spirituality and Health Institute

Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (Word)


Recent Journal Articles

For more complete list see my Tom Plante CV

Plante, T. G. (2017). The 4 Ds: Using Ignatian spirituality in secular psychotherapy and beyond. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 4(1), 74-79.

Plante, T. G., & Pistoresi, S. (2017). A survey of ethics training in undergraduate psychology programs at Jesuit universities, Pastoral Psychology, 66(1), 1-6.

Callister, E. S., & Plante, T. G. (2017). Compassion development in undergraduates: A Catholic college example. Pastoral Psychology, 66 (1), 1-6.

Plante, T. G. (2016). Principles of incorporating spirituality into professional clinical practice. Practice Innovations, 1 (4) 276-281.

Plante, T. G., & Halman, K. E.  (2016). Nurturing compassion development among college students: A longitudinal study.  Journal of College and Character, 17(3), 164-173.

Plante, T. G., & Mejia, J. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale.  Pastoral Psychology, 65(4) 509-515.  

Plante, T. G. (2016). Beyond mindfulness: Expanding integration of spirituality and religion into psychotherapy. Open Theology, 2, 135-144.

Plante, T. G. (2015). Four lessons learned from treating Catholic priest sex offenders. Pastoral Psychology, 64 (3), 407-412.  

Rashedi, R., Plante, T. G., & Callister, E. S. (2015). Compassion development 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 64,875-881.

Plante, T. G. (2014). Four steps to improve religious/spiritual 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.

PDFs Available for Recent Research and Journal Articles

Additional article links can be found on Scholar Commons

Compassion Predictors in Undergraduates: A Catholic College Example (PDF)

Compassion Development in Higher Education (PDF)

Four steps to improve religious/spiritual cultural competence in professional psychology (PDF)

Beyond Mindfulness (PDF)

Nurturing Compassion Development Among College Students: A Longitudinal Study (PDF)

Psychometric Properties of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale (PDF)

Psychological Well-Being of Roman Catholic and Episcopal Clergy Applicants (PDF)

Adult Clinical Psychology (PDF)

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

The influence of exercise environment and gender on mood and exertion (PDF)

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

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

Effects of perceived fitness level of exercise partner on intensity of exertion (PDF)

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

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

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

What Do the Spiritual and Religious Traditions Offer the Practicing Psychologist? (PDF)

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

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

Reliability and Validity of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (PDF)

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

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

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