Valerie DeMarinis, Professor in Psychology of Religion, Department of Theology; Director of Well-being and Health Area of IMPACT research program at Uppsala University. Guest Professor in Public Mental Health, Public Health and Clinical Medicine Institution, Umeå University (Medical).
Areas of research:

  • existential health
  • migration and health
  • public mental health promotion,
  • palliative care
  • primary care
  • addiction research
  • youth public mental health
  • meaning-making processes
  • culture and gender analysis

Önver Cetrez, PhD, Assistant professor in Psychology of Religion, Department of Theology, Uppsala University.
Areas of research:

  • migration
  • refugees
  • health
  • acculturation
  • religion and conflict

Former projects:

  • 2014-2016, leading the research project Mental health Pilot Study for Assyrian Christian Refugees from Syria living in Istanbul, financed through The Impact of Religion – Challenges for Society, Law, and Democracy.
  • 2010-2013, leading the research project Gilgamesh  Mental health, meaning-seeking, and integration processes among Iraqi refugees in Södertälje, Stockholm, and Uppsala, financed by the Swedish Research Council.

Cecilia MelderAssistant Professor Uppsala University; Stockholm School of Theology (THS).
Areas of research:

  • Existential public health
  • clinical existential health intervention
  • health-related quality of life [HRQL].

Research project:

  • Existential Public Health in a Secular Context: Generating knowledge about an existential dimension of health related quality of life, and developing measuring instrument and intervention for health promotion activities.

Tomas Lindgren, Professor, Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Umeå University.
Areas of research:

  • violence and nonviolence
  • radicalization

Research project:

  • Religion, nonviolent resistance and democratization in Indonesia
  • Religious radicalization in Indonesia and beyond: Processes and mechanisms

Pehr GranqvistProfessor, Dept of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Areas of research:

  • Attachment research
  • Developmental science

Research project title:

  • Attachment
  • Religion/spirituality, and health
  • Secularism and health.

Göran StåhleLecturer, Head of Department, School of History and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions, Södertörn University.
Areas of research:

  • Contemporary non-organized spirituality and secularity, spec. the globalization of Asian religious and cultural traditions

Research project title:

  • Holistic health
  • Complementary and Alternative medicine

PhD students

Yukako Nahlbom,PhD student at the Theological Institute, Uppsala University.
Research area:

  • Psychology of Religion

Research project title:

  • The reconstruction and development of existential meaning after natural catastrophes: the case of Japan

Brief description of your research:

  • My PhD-project focuses on the reconstruction of existential meaning after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. the aim is to explore the role of religion and religious organizations in contributing to existential health, psychosocial well-being and resilience strategies for psychosocial reconstruction and development.


PhD candidates

Victor Dudas, PhD candidate at the Theology Department at Uppsala University.
Research area:

  • Psychology of religion

Research project title:

  •  Identity development and cultural learning among Assyrian/Syrian students in Sweden

Brief description of your research:

  • My research as a PhD candidate consists of a mixed-methods study involving students, teachers and parents at two elementary schools in Sweden. The purpose of the study is to investigate and to explore the process, among the students, of developing an identity and learning a culture.


Michael Lundmarkuniversity lecturer, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umea University
Areas of research:

  • coping

Research project title:

  • Religiosity and coping. Studies in psychology of religion of Christians living with cancer

Ingela VisuriPhD candidate at the Department for the Study of Religions, Södertörn  University.
Areas of research:

  • Lived religiosity in autism (psychology of religion/CSR)

Research project title:

  • Autism and theism

Åsa Schumann (asa.schumann@teol.uu.se)

Madeleine Guillo (madeleine.guillo@teol.uu.se)

Christina Lloyd (christina.lloyd@teol.uu.se)