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About Thomas G Plante PhD, ABPP

Thomas Plante, Ph.D., ABPP is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor and directs the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University. He is also an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He recently served as vice-chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) of the American Psychological Association. He has authored or edited 21 books including Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith (2012, Greenwood), Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 (2011, Greenwood), and Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health (2009, American Psychological Association). He has published over 200 scholarly professional journal articles and book chapters as well. He teaches courses in abnormal, health, ethics, and the psychology of religion and maintains a private clinical practice as a licensed psychologist in Menlo Park, CA.


2012 Present Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ University Professor, Santa Clara University
2009 Present Adjunct Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Stanford University
2002 Present Director, Spirituality & Health Institute, Santa Clara University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • SCU's Public Intellectual Award


  • Ethics in Psychology (Psyc 114)
  • Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Psyc 193)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Psyc 115)
  • Health Psychology (Psyc 117)
  • Adv Topics/Health (Psyc 118)
  • Adv Topics/Abnormal (Psyc 116)

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