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where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

Education: 

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary. 1998.
  • M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary. 1997.
  • M.A. in Psychology, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary. 1993.
  • B.S. in Microbiology, University of California at Los Angeles. 1990.
  • California Licensed Psychologist, PSY17401. 2000 - current.

Principal Research Interests

Since about 2010 I have been working with Paul Mallery to develop a paper and pencil scale to measure faith development based on James Fowler's model of Stages of Faith. We have developed, refined, and factor analyzed item pools for each aspect of faith development and are engaged in the process of cross-validation. I have also been studying universalizing faith as it relates to altruism, heroism, and identification with all humanity, particularly in older adults, and several students have been engaged in this research.

A second significant area of interest for me is interdisciplinary teaching and inquiry-based and experiential learning. I have created a large number of interdisciplinary classes, including several that that use inquiry-based and experiential learning as significant components.


Research Areas: 

  • Faith Development
  • Altruism
  • Disability Studies
  • Islam in Europe
  • Interdisciplinary and Inquiry-Based Learning

E-mail: smallery@lasierra.edu
I cannot be contacted directly by phone, but a message can be left with the Psychology Department at (951) 785-2900. Please leave an email address for my reply.


Representative Publications

  1. Mallery, S. (2012). War Affected Children. (2012). In Loue, S, & Sajatovic, M. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer.
  2. Crane, K, & Mallery, S. (2012). Cultural Adaptation Resources. In Loue, S. & Sajatovic, M (Eds). Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Springer.
  3. Gardner, S., Hamlin, A., Mallery, S, Motschiedler, K., Haloviak, K., Martin, L., Kido, E., & Hartig, A. (2005, Summer). It all started with the text: Mentorship in an interdisciplinary writing group. Women Writers.
  4. Mallery, P.M. Mallery, S.T., & Gorsuch, R. (2000). A preliminary taxonomy of attributions to God. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 10(3), 135-156.