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About Michael Nielsen

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.


Present Faculty Member, Georgia Southern University Department of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Success in U Faculty Appreciation Award, Georgia Southern University (1995)
  • Cambridge Who's Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals in the field of Education and Research (2009)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (6th ed., 2006-2007)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Education (7th ed., 2006-7, 8th ed., 2007-8)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2000, 2001)
  • Honorable Mention Award/International Religion and the Behavioral Sciences Research Competition sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation (1999)
  • Award of Distinction in Service/Georgia Southern University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (2006)
  • Distinguished Service Award/American Psychological Association, Division for the Psychology of Religion (2006)
  • Award for Excellence in Service/Georgia Southern University (2007)
  • Golden Anniversary Alumni Award/Northern Illinois University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (September 25, 2009)
  • President-Elect Nominee, American Psychological Association Division for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Council Nominee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2012)
  • Nominee, Outstanding Advisor, Georgia Southern University (2016)

Contact Information

PO Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone (912)478-5122
Office: Brannen Hall


Refereed Articles (14)

Book Chapters (7)

Editorially Reviewed Publications (10)