Sandra Lee Dixon
Assistant Director, DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion; Associate Professor, Psychology & Religion, Critical Theory
What I do
I am Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion in the Department of Religious Studies.
psychology of religion, moral psychology, cultural psychology
- Ph.D., Religion and Psychological Studies, University of Chicago, Divinity School, 1993
- MA, Divinity, University of Chicago, Divinity School, 1982
- AB, Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, 1978
- American Academy of Religion
- American Academy of Religion; Psychology, Culture and Religion Unit
- Association for Moral Education
- Society for Psychological Anthropology
- C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
- American Association of University Professors, DU Chapter
My current research project relies on interviews with people who have been active one or the other side of the abortion controversy for at least ten years. The participants in the interviews who oppose abortion profess high levels of religious commitment. One of the pro-choice participants does. The interviews ask about their path to activism, its role in their lives, and their modes of self sustenance. The model under construction of religion and culture in the moral life draws on theory from cultural psychology and moral development, as well as on the interviews and observations of the study participants in their activism and daily lives.
Areas of Research