Russell E Phillips, III, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

Russ Phillips, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology, and oversees the clinical/counseling concentration in the psychology major and the clinical/counseling minor at Pitt-Greensburg. (Please contact him if interested.)  Dr. Phillips has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Phillips' teaching interests include clinical/counseling courses such as psychopathology and health psychology, and more applied research courses like cross-cultural or personality psychology. Dr. Phillips' research interests involve the scientific study of religion and spirituality, including predictors and correlates of religious coping, religious fundamentalism, and perceptions of the sacred.

Dr. Phillips' Study of the Meaning of Fundamentalism

Dr. Phillips and his students are trying to learn what it means to be a fundamentalist, and want to hear what YOU think the term means - especially if you are a fundamentalist yourself! Dr Phillips and his students have spent many hours on the phone, zoom, and visiting local churches to understand more. Please take our survey and tell others about it. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2005 Clinical Psychology. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
  • M.A. 2000 Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • B.A. 1998 Psychology and Criminal Justice Double Major, Neuroscience Minor, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, OH

Representative Publications

Phillips, R. E., III, & Kitchens, M. B. (in press). Religious fundamentalism: A literature review. Archives for the Psychology of Religion, 43, 317-348. doi:10.1177/00846724211057500

Phillips, R. E. III, Avant, S.*, Cenkner, D.*, Kalp, D.*, Lucci, M., Herndon, R.*, & Maccarelli, A.* (2017).  Initial validation of measures of sanctification in same-sex romantic relationships and sexual behavior. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 56(4), 836-851.   

Phillips, R.E. III, Cheng, C.M., Hietbrink, L.*, Buczek, E.*, & Oemig, C. (2012). Validation of a Buddhist coping measure among primarily non-Asian Buddhists in the United States.  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51(1), 156-172.

Phillips, R.E. III, Lukoff, D., & Stone, M. K.* (2009). Integrating the spirit within psychosis: Alternative conceptualizations of psychotic disorders. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 41(1), 61-80.

Marash, V., & Phillips, R.E. III (2008). Infusing feminist-clinical sensibilities into traditional Buddhist meditation. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 14(2), 67-74.

Phillips, R.E. III, & Stein, C.H. (2007).  God’s will, God’s punishment, or God’s limitations? Religious coping strategies reported by young adults living with serious mental illness. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63(6), 528-540.

Phillips, R.E. III, & Pargament, K.I. (2002). The sanctification of dreams: Prevalence and implications. Dreaming, 12(3), 141-153.