Past Research Studies

What’s Love Got to Do With It?  An Exploratory Study of Religious Nones Experiences With Dating, Relationships and Marriage
Conducted by Robin W. Allen, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor at Boise State University. this research study examined the experiences of non-believers with dating, relationships and marriage.

Stigmatized for Being an Atheist
Have you been stigmatized for being atheist? Tell us about your experience! We are a team of atheist-affirming researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University — lead by Melanie Brewster, PhD — who are seeking participants for a brief online survey.

Beliefs and Personality
All individuals over 18 years of age were eligible to participate in this study. This study investigated how personality characteristics relate to beliefs.

Military Spiritual Fitness Training
U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans of all backgrounds were eligible to participate in this study. The Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program includes a training module designed to enhance military personnel’s “spiritual fitness”. This study investigated the perceived usefulness of this training.

Civilian Spiritual Fitness Training
Individuals of all backgrounds who have not worked for the U.S. Military were eligible to participate in this study. This study was a companion study to the Military Spiritual Fitness Training study (see above). This study investigated the perceived usefulness of the Army’s Spiritual Fitness training.

Military Secular/Spiritual Well-Being
U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans of all backgrounds were eligible to participate in this study. The Army is measuring the “spiritual fitness” of troops with the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program’s Global Assessment Tool. This study investigated the validity of this “spiritual fitness” Tool, and the secular/spiritual well-being of U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans.  Civilian Secular/Spiritual Well-Being Data collection for this study now complete. Individuals of all backgrounds who have not worked for the U.S. Military were eligible to participate in this study. This study was a companion study to the Military Secular/Spiritual Well-Being study (see above). This study investigated the validity of this “spiritual fitness” Tool as well as the secular/spiritual well-being of civilians.

The Health and Social Well-Being of Nonreligious Women
Women who identify as nonreligious were eligible to participate in this study. This study investigated the health, psychological and social characteristics of women from nonreligious backgrounds.

The Atheist/Bright/Secular Humanist Experience
Those who consider themselves atheists/brights/secular humanists were eligible to participate in this study. This study explored their experiences as secular individuals in a world populated by religious individuals who may not be comfortable with naturalistic worldviews. Study results have been published (see Publications page).

Your Perspective On Those Who Do Not Believe
Those who consider themselves spiritual or religious were eligible to participate in this study. In this quick survey, participants had the opportunity to share their perspective on those who do not believe in a Higher Power.