Mitarbeiter des Spiritualitätsprojekt aus Deutschland und Amerika


Streib Prof. Dr. Heinz Streib

Leitung der Forschungsstelle Biographische Religionsforschung;Herausgeber des Archiv for the Psychology of Religion;
Lehre in Religionspädagogik und Religionspsychologie

Hood Prof. Ralph W. Hood
(Chattanooga, USA)

Amerikanische Leitung


Projektkoordination (Primary Researchers)

Dr. Barabara Keller

Dr. Barbara Keller, Dipl.-Psych.

Primary Researcher in Bielefeld im Forschungsprojekt über Spiritualität BRD-USA

Silver Christopher F Silver
(Chattanooga, USA)

Primary Researcher


ForschungsmitarbeiterInnen (Deutsches Team)

Ramona Bullik, M.A.

(Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft)

Mitarbeit in Forschung und Forschungsverwaltung; Publikationsvorbereitung und Lehrorganisation

Assistenz bei der Herausgabetätigkeit für das Archiv for the Psychology of Religion

Eisenmann Clemens Eisenmann, M. A.


  • Soziologische Theorie
  • Qualitative Methoden
  • Religions- und Spiritualitätsforschung
  • Praxistheorie und Körper-Soziologie
  • Alternative Medizin und interdisziplinäre Theorien des Selbst


seit April 2011
Stipendiat der Bielefeld Graduate School for History and Sociology der Universität Bielefeld;
Dissertation: "Spiritualität und Moderne: Yoga im Spannungsfeld?"

2009 - 2011
Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben an der Universität Bielefeld im Arbeitsbereich "Theoretische Soziologie" (Prof. Bettina Heintz)

2003 - 2008
Magisterstudium der Soziologie an der Universität Augsburg; Nebenfächer: Philosophie und Psychologie;
Magisterarbeit: "Die Bedeutung des Menschenbildes in der soziologischen Theorie"

Klein Constantin Klein, Dr. des.
(Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

Projekte in Religionspsychologie; Religion und Gesundheit; Jugend und Religion;
Lehre in Religionspädagogik und Religionspsychologie

Kroll Caroline Kroll, B.Sc.

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
  • Religionspsychologie
  • Spiritualität/ Religiosität und Atheismus
  • Entwicklung von individuellen Glaubensbiographien

Arbeiten im Projekt:

  • Praktikum und Mitarbeit im Projekt Spiritualität
  • laufende Abschlussarbeit:
    Religiosität ohne Gott: Rekonstruktion religiöser Identität in erzählten Glaubensbiographien bei selbsttypisierten religiösen, ebenso religiös wie spirituellen sowie spirituellen Atheisten und Non-Theisten


  • B.Sc. Psychologie, Cand. M.Sc. Psychologie
  • weitere Ausbildungen: staatlich geprüfte Ergotherapeutin, Kunsttherapeutin

Sven Luhmann
(Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft)

Pflege des Onlinefragebogens "Spiritualität in Deutschland und USA", Literaturrecherche und -beschaffung; Lehrorganisation im Bereich Religionspädagogik

Selma Romanci
(Studentische Hilfskraft)

Mitarbeit im Projekt "Spiritualität in Deutschland und USA".

Anne Swhajor-Biesemann, M. A.. M. Sc.

Mitarbeit in den DFG-Projekten:
"Xenosophie und Xenophobie in und zwischen den Abrahamitischen Religionen"
"Spiritualität" in Deutschland und U.S.A.


Mitarbeit bei der empirischen Erforschung von Religiosität und Spiritualität und interreligiösen Beziehungen.

Daniela Ticu
(Studentische Hilfskraft)

Mitarbeit im Projekt "Spiritualität in Deutschland und USA",
Bachelorarbeit: Religiosität / Spiritualität und das psychologische Wohlbefinden in Deutschland und den USA


ForschungsmitarbeiterInnen (Amerikanisches Team)

Durham Thomas J. Coleman III
(Assistant Project manager)

Currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with plans to pursue Masters and Doctorate in Research Psychology.

Work experience
Project manager for a study of Non-Belief in America, November 2012 to present
Assistant Project manager for the USA, Spirituality research, June 2012 to present
Currently supervising a research project on the domain intersections within Horizontal/Vertical Transcendence and correlates related.

Research Interests
Exploring the advanced methodologies in the domains of qualitative and quantitative research focusing in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Specific interests include Horizontal/Vertical Transcendence, Spirituality, Secularization, Non-belief, Social Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology.

  • American Psychological Association member
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion member
  • International Association for the Psychology of Religion member
Durham Karen Curry

I am a senior undergraduate Pre-Medical and Psychology major at UTC. I have been working with the Faith Development team since May of 2012. My other current research projects include Atheism in the United States and Childhood Obesity in the Southeast. I am applying for medical school in June 2013 with plans to become a rural primary care physician and to lead medical missions both within the US and internationally. I am a scribe for Chattanooga Emergency Medicine and work in the Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital. I am also one of six pre-medical students at UTC selected to intern at Erlanger Hospital through UTC?s Pre-Med Elective Program.

Durham Matthew Durham

In his professional capacity, Matthew Durham works in the field of cancer research as a Regulatory Coordinator for a large physician owned Oncology practice. He spends most days working to learn and improve upon a variety of industry best practices, as well as devise useful metrics through which the efficacy of those practices can be evaluated. In his academic life, he is an Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion major whose main areas of focus are religious exegesis, religious epistemology, and philosophy of science. His current interest is in studying the cognitive processes through which religious experiences are both interpreted and later recalled. Most importantly, he is the lucky husband of an exceptional woman and the proud father of a precocious toddler.

Durham Derek Giamundo

Originally from New York, I attend University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, working on an undergraduate degree in anthropology with a minor in religion. I intend on making a career in religious studies. I am a frequent team member for the university's rowing team.

Durham Erica Hicks

I am currently concentrating on obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology; I plan to future my education by attending graduate school. My career goals are to do clinical Psychology working with family and children.

Durham Joshua Lang

I'm an undergraduate in the UTC B.S. Psychology program. Spirituality studies are a passion of mine and I'm looking forward to being part of this research team. The fields of most interest are Comparative, Evolutionary, and Experimental Psychology

Durham Maria Matty

As an undergraduate honors student at UT Chattanooga, I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Visual Art with intent to continue on to a graduate degree in Clinical or Research Psychology. My research interests lie in Psychology of Religion, particularly the spirituality of subcultures such as homosexuals. I have experience in Abnormal Psychology and currently am employed as an Assistant Art Therapist at the AIM Center for Mental Health.

Durham Kristen McGeehon

I am a recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. From here, I intend to apply for graduate school to pursue a research career that may possibly lead to a teaching career. While my research interests are quite varied, I am extremely interested in significant differences across cultures, particularly in the area of religion and various medical aspects.

Durham Rachel Nolen

I am currently a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I will likely pursue my Masters in Psychology research at UTC as well. My research interest is in the development of personality disorders in children and adolescents.

Durham Stephanie Pyke

As a Chattanooga transplant from Mountain Dale NY, and an undergrad senior at UTC, I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I enjoy reading about and studying people, personalities, and ways to better our community structures. I love being outdoors hiking, camping, biking, and taking pictures of life all around me. In addition to being a student I am a mother to a beautiful six year old girl who fills the rest of my time with any activities centered around art that she can come up with.

Durham Christopher Adam Vance

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After receiving my Associate of Science from Pellissippi State Community College, I transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to finish my degrees: I am currently double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Once I graduate in May 2014, I plan to continue my education in graduate school. When I?m not focusing on studying or working, I travel the States rock climbing; the most beautiful route I?ve climbed can be found on the slopes in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Durham Dr. Michele Wollert

I currently serve as a counselor and adjunct psychology faculty at Chattanooga State Community College. My background is diverse, and I worked in the fields of industrial engineering and educational ministry before coming to higher education. My dissertation research was on transformative learning and faith development, and those continue to be interests of mine. I am also very interested in mixed methods of research, so this project is fascinating to me from many angles.



  • Ph.D. in Education, concentration in Educational Psychology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2003
  • M.A. in Christian Education, Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary), 1996
  • Master of Arts in Religion, Emmanuel School of Religion (now Emmanuel Christian Seminary), 1990
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1986

Publications / Articles


Streib, H. & Hood, R. W. (Eds.) (2016). Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis. Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Streib, H. & Keller, B. (2015). Was bedeutet Spiritualität? Befunde, Analysen und Fallstudien aus Deutschland. Research in Contemporary Religion (RCR) - Band 20, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Keller, B. & Streib, H. (2013) Faith Development, Religious Styles and Biographical Narratives: Methodological Perspectives. Journal of Empirical Theology 26, 1-21.

Keller, Barbara, Klein, Constantin, Anne, Swhajor, Christopher F., Silver, Ralph W., Hood, and Streib, Heinz. "The Semantics of 'Spirituality' and Related Self-identifications: A Comparative Study in Germany and the USA". Archive for the Psychology of Religion. (PDF)

Streib, Heinz & Hood, Ralph W. (2011). “"Spirituality" as Privatized Experience-Oriented Religion: Empirical and Conceptual Perspectives”. Implicit Religion 14.4: 433 - 453. (PDF)

Streib, H. (2008). More Spiritual than Religious: Changes in the Religious Field Require New Approaches (PDF)