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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

H. John McDargh

theology department

H. John McDargh

Associate Professor

Stokes N431
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3752
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Ph.D., Harvard University
A.B.., Emory University

Research Interests

Psychological study of religious development
The integration of spirituality and psychotherapy
Contemporary psychoanalytic theory and theological anthropology


Religious Quest I & II (Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism)
Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Violence and Forgiveness
The Psychology of Religious Development
Spirituality and Sexuality
Capstone Senior Seminar: "Telling Our Stories, Living Our Lives"
Cornerstone Advisement Seminar

Selected Publications

"Men and Meaning: Reveling in Intricacy," Pastoral Psychology (festschrift edition in honor of James Dittes), forthcoming.

“Reveling in Complexity: James Dittes’ Male Metaphors and Their Bearing on the Crisis of Clergy Sexual Abuse,” Pastoral Psychology, November 2003 52(1/2), 147-1652.

“Faith Development Theory and the Post-Modern Problem of Foundations”. International Journal of the Psychology of Religion 11 (3), 2001: pp. 185-200.

Psychoanalytic Object Relations Theory and the Study of Religion: On Faith and the Imaging of God. Washington: University Press of America, 1983 [in third printing].

"Spiritual Conceptions of Love," Encyclopedia of Psychology. American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press, 2000

"Creating a New Research Paradigm for the Psychoanalytic Study of Religion: The Pioneering Work of Ana-Maria Rizzuto", in Janet Jacobs and Donald Capps (eds.), Religion, Society and Psychoanalysis: Readings in Contemporary Theory. Westview Press, 1997.

"Toward a Clinical Psychology of Religion: New Questions on the Table, New Voices in the Room," in Valerie DeMarinis and Owe Wikström (eds.), Clinical Psychology of Religion: Emerging Cultural and Multicultural questions from European and North American Voices. Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research (FRN) and the Theologiska Institutionen, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1996.

"Group Psychotherapy as Spiritual Discipline: From Oz to the Kingdom of God in Joanne Wolski Conn's (ed.), Women and Spirituality. Paulist Press, 1996.

"Desire, Domination and the Life and Death of the Soul", in Richard Fenn (ed.), Losing the Soul: Essays in the Social Psychology of Religion, a monograph of Center for Religion, Self and Society, Princeton, NJ, SUNY Press, 1995.