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EIU Department of Psychology

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Steven J Scher, Professor

Office: 3143 - Physical Science
Phone: 217-581-7269

Steven Scher's Vita

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

Social Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Psychological Measurement, Evolutionary Psychology; Psychology of Religion


B.A., University of North Carolina, 1984
M.A., Princeton University, 1986
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1989


Evolutionary Psychology & Cultural Evolution, Disgust, Cannibalism & Other Taboos; Psychology of Prayer; Social Support

Selected Publications

Scher, S.J. & Rauscher, F., Eds.   (2003).  Evolutionary Psychology: Alternative Approaches. Dodrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Press.

Whittington, B.L. & Scher, S.J. (2010).  Prayer and subjective well-being: An examination of six different types of prayer.  International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 20, 59-68.

Scher, SJ & Whittington, BL (2014).  Prayer is a Many Splendored Thing: The Multidimensional Structure of Prayer.  Under editorial review.

Selected Conference Presentations

Scher, SJ & Whittington, BL (January, 2012).  Varieties of Prayer: Factor Analysis of and Extended Version of the Multidimensional Prayer Inventory.  Paper presented at the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Preconference, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Scher, SJ, Ballas, H, & Coletta, N. (April, 2012).  Preliminary Results of a Grounded Theory Study on Davening.  Paper presented at the conference on Judaism and Mental Health, New York, NY.

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