The History of “Flourishing” in Psychology and Catholicism (9.27.12)


Robert Kugelmann, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the University of Dallas.

His book, Psychology and Catholicism: Contested Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, 2011) examines the relationships between various forms of psychology and the Church from the late nineteenth century, including early experimental psychology, psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, humanistic psychology, as well as how psychology become institutionalized in Catholic circles.

Other research includes work on the history of stress as lived experience and historical category, (Stress, 1992), qualitative research on chronic pain, and most recently, historical investigations of willpower and will-training. He has worked with the critical health psychology research community.


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Metro: Take the BLUE LINE or the YELLOW LINE and exit at the Crystal City Metro Station. To travel indoors, make a left off the first escalator into the underground tunnel until you arrive at the elevators for 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway. Go to the lobby, look for signs for Newman Lecture. To walk outdoors, come up both Metro escalators, make a right onto Bell Street, walk south one block to 20th Street. Enter at the corner of 20th Street and Jefferson Davis Highway (across from the Crystal City Marriott).

Parking: A number of Crystal City parking garages are free after 4:00pm. Metered parking is available along Jefferson Davis Highway, S. Clark Street and 20th Street.