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Faculty and Staff Profile

Zhuo Job Chen

Assistant Professor


Office: 312J Brackett Hall
Phone: (864)656-4974
Email: ZHUOC@clemson.edu
Personal Website: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=jD0Wp10AAAAJ&hl=en
 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Psychology
University of Oregon 2017

M.S. Mathematics
University of Oregon 2015

M.S. Psychology
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2011

 Courses Taught

Psychological Testing (PSYC 4710)
Research Design and Quantitative Methods II (PSYC 8110)

 Profile

Job Chen received his PhD in Psychology and a Master's in Mathematics from the University of Oregon. His research interests are broadly in the psychology of religion, personality and culture, and quantitative methods in applied research. With amazing collaborators in Tibet, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Iran, and the US, Job has studied and published papers on mysticism, the structure of ideology, the dynamics of faith and reason, and how religious and spiritual commitments facilitate coping and well-being, among other things. Job has also done extensive consulting work and research within government and hospital settings, for example, creating metrics of evaluation in the health care system and using machine learning to develop predictive models for welfare programs. An avid team worker and global traveler, Job is highly interested in collaboration in research that is psychological, inter-disciplinary, and/or cross-cultural. Please email him if you are interested in participating in such collaborations!

 Research Interests

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Applied Quantitative Methods
Personality and Culture
Wellbeing and Health
Belief and Values

 Research Publications

* Please contact Dr.Chen if you are interested in getting a copy of any of the papers in this list.

Book Chapters

Hood, R. W., Jr. & Chen, Z. (2014). Conversion and deconversion. In S. Bullivant & M. Ruse (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, pp. 537-552. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hood, R. W., Jr. & Chen, Z. (2013). Mystical, spiritual, and religious experiences. In R. Paloutzian and C. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2e), pp. 422-440. New York: Guilford.

Hood, R. W., Jr. & Chen, Z. (2012). Social scientific study of Christian mysticism. In J. Lamm (Ed.), Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism, pp. 557-591. London: John Wiley & Sons.

Ghorbani, N. Tahbaza, S., Watson, P. J., & Chen, Z. (2012). Anger, defense mechanisms, and integrative self-knowledge in Iranian coronary heart disease and cancer patients. In J. Turner and A. Mitchell (Eds.), Social psychology: New developments, pp. 75-88. New York: Nova Publisher.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Personality and Culture

Chen, Z., Watson, P. J., Biderman, M. D., & Ghorbani, N. (2015). Investigating the properties of the general factor (M) in bifactor models applied to Big Five or HEXACO data in terms of method or meaning. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 35(3), 216-243.

Saucier, G., Kenner, J., Iurino, K., Bou Malham, P., Chen, Z., Thalmayer, A. G., Kemmelmeier, M., Tov, W., Boutti, R., Metaferia, H., Çankaya, B., Mastor, K. A., Hsu, K.-Y., Wu, R., Maniruzzaman, M., Rugira, J., Tsaousis, I., Sosnyuk, O., Regmi Adhikary, J., Skrzypińska, K., Poungpet, B., Maltby, J., Salanga, M. G. C., Racca, A., Oshio, A., Italia, E., Kovaleva, A., Nakatsugawa, M., Morales-Vives, F., Ruiz, V. M., Braun Gutierrez, R. A., Sarkar, A., Deo, T., Sambu, L., Huisa Veria, E., Ferreira Dela Coleta, M., Kiama, S. G., Hongladoram, S., Derry, R., Zazueta Beltrán, H., Peng, T. K., Wilde, M., Ananda, A., Banerjee, S., Bayazit, M., Joo, S., Zhang, H., Orel, E., Bizumic, B., Shen-Miller, S., Watts, S., Pereira, M. E., Gore, E., Wilson, D., Pope, D., Gutema, B., Henry, H., Dacanay, J. C., Dixon, J., Köbis, N., Luque, J., Hood, J., Chakravorty, D., Pal, A. M., Ong, L., Leung, A., & Altschul, C. (2015). Cross-cultural differences in a global ‘Survey of World Views’. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 53-70.

Decision Science

Zhang, Y., Chen, Z. J., & Li, H. (2017). Toward a model of risky decisions: Synergistic effect of affect intensity and affective processing on risk-seeking as a function of the decision domain. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 235-242. (shared first authorship)

Zhang, Y., Chen, Z., Luan, M., & Li, H. (2016). Affect Intensity and risk preference in life-saving decisions. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 38(2), 89-97.

Mysticism

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Aghababaei, N., Chen, Z. (2014). Transliminality and mystical experience: Common Thread Hypothesis, religious commitment, and psychological adjustment in Iran. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6(4), 268-275.

Chen, Z., Zhang, Y., Hood, R. W., Jr., & Watson, P. (2012). Mysticism in Chinese Christians and non-Christians: Measurement invariance of the Mysticism Scale and implications for the mean differences. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 155-168.

Chen, Z., Qi, W., Hood, R. W., Jr. & Watson, P. J. (2011). Common Core Thesis and qualitative and quantitative study of Chinese Buddhist monks and nuns. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(4), 654-670.

Chen, Z., Yang, L., Hood, R. W., Jr., & Watson, P. J. (2011). Mystical experience in Tibetan Buddhists: Common core thesis revisited. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(2), 328-338.

Psychological Adjustment, Wellbeing, and Religion

Stephenson, E., Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., & Morris, R. J. (in press). Self-compassion, self-esteem, and irrational beliefs. Current Psychology. doi.org/10.1007/s12144-017-9563-2.

Andrews, B., Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., & Morris, R. J. (2017). Postmodernism, positive psychology, and posttraumatic growth within a Christian Ideological Surround. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(5), 489-500.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Karimpour, M., & Chen, Z. (2017). Muslim work ethics: Relationships with religious orientations and the “Perfect Man” (Ensān-e Kāmel) in managers and staff in Iran. Religions, 8, doi:10.3390/rel8080138.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Kashanaki, H., & Chen, Z. (2017). Diversity and complexity of religion and spirituality in Iran: Relationships with self-compassion and self-forgiveness. International Journal of Psychology of Religion, 27(4), 157-171.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Rasoliha, Z. H., & Chen, Z. (2017). Religious and psychological implications of positive and negative religious coping in Iran. Journal of Religion and Health, 56, 477-492.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Zarei, A., & Chen, Z. (2017). Muslim attitudes and spirituality: Relationships with Dark Triad and harmony control in Iranian teachers. Mental Health, Culture, and Religion, 20(1), 20-30.

Watson, P. J., Chen, Z. J., Morris, R., & Ghorbani, N. (2017). Religious problem-solving styles within an American religious ideological surround. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 28, 22-51.

Aghababaei, N., Sohrabi, F., Eskandari, H., Borjali, A., Farrokhi, N., & Chen, Z. (2016). Predicting subjective well-being by religious and scientific attitudes with hope, purpose in life and death anxiety as mediators. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 93-98.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Amirbeigi, M., & Chen, Z. (2016). Religious schema within a Muslim ideological surround: Religious and psychological adjustment in Iran. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 38, 253-277.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Hajrasouliha, Z., & Chen, Z. (2016). Muslim distress mobilization hypothesis: Islamic positive religious coping and punishing Allah reappraisal in Iran. Mental Health, Culture, and Religion, 19(6), 626-638.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Madani, M., & Chen, Z. (2016). Muslim Experiential Religiousness: Spirituality relationships with psychological and religious adjustment of Iran. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health,18(4), 300-315.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Omidbagi, M., & Chen, Z. (2016). Muslim attachments to God and the “Perfect Man” (Ensān-e Kāmel): Relationships with religious orientation and psychological adjustment in Iran. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8(4), 318-329.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Tavakoli, F., & Chen, Z. (2016). Self-control within a Muslim ideological surround: Empirical translation schemes and the adjustment of Islamic seminarians in Iran. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 27, 68-93.

Khan, Z., Watson, P., & Chen, Z. (2016). Muslim spirituality, religious coping, and reactions to terrorism among Pakistani university students. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(6), 2086-2098.

Garcia, G. M., Watson, P. J., Cunningham, C., O’Leary, B., & Chen, Z. (2015). Narcissism and anger: Self-esteem and contingencies of self-worth as mediating self-structures. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 9(1), 59-71.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Fayaz, F., Chen, Z. (2015). Integrative self-knowledge and marital satisfaction. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 149(1), 1-18.

Khan, Z., Watson, P. J., Naqvi, A., Jahan, K., Chen, Z. (2015). Muslin experiential religiousness in Pakistan: Meaning in life, general well-being and gender differences. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 18(6), 482-491.

Khan, Z., Watson, P. J., & Chen, Z. (2015). Meaning of animal sacrifice during Eid-ul-Adha: Relationships with religious and psychological adjustment in Pakistan. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 37, 37-53.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Lotfi, S., Chen, Z. (2014). Moral affects, empathy, and integrative self-knowledge in Iran. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 34(1), 39-56.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Farhadi, M., Chen, Z. (2014). A multi-process model of self-regulation: Influences of mindfulness, integrative self-knowledge, and self-control in Iran. International Journal of Psychology, 49(2), 115-122.

Kamble, S. V., Watson, P. J., Marigoudar S., & Chen, Z. (2014). Attitude toward Hinduism, religious orientations, and psychological adjustment in India. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 17(2), 161-172.

Khan, Z., Zia, A., Watson, P. J., Nielsen, M., Johnson, K., & Chen, Z. (2014). Stress and psychological and social resources for coping in informal family caregivers of cancer patients in Pakistan. Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing, 16(11), 1070-1075.

Ghorbani, N., Chen, Z., Saeedi, Z., Behjati, Z., & Watson, P. J. (2013). Sakhtar ameli megyas shafeghat khod dar Iran (Factorial structure of self-compassion scale in Iran). Fasl name pajohesh haie karbordi, 4(3), 29-41 (In Persian).

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Lotfi, S., Chen, Z. (2013). Shame and Guilt: Relationships of test of self-conscious affect measures with psychological adjustment and gender differences in Iran. Interpersona, 7(1), 97-109.

Khan, Z., Watson, P., & Chen, Z. (2013). Smoking, Muslim religious commitments, and the experience and behavior of Ramadan in Pakistani men. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 16(7), 663-670.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., & Nourballa, F. (2012). Self-Compassion among Iranian Muslims: Relationships with integrative self-knowledge, religious orientation, and mental health. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22, 106-118.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Saeedi, Z., Chen, Z., & Silver, C. (2012). Religious problem-solving and the complexity of religious rationality within an Iranian Muslim ideological surround. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51(4), 656-675.

Khan, Z., Watson, P., & Chen, Z. (2012). Islamic religious coping, perceived Stress, and mental well-being in Pakistanis. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 34(2), 137-147.

Khan, Z., Watson, P., Chen, Z., Iftikhar, A., & Jabeen, R. (2012). Pakistani religious coping and the experience and behavior of Ramadan. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 15(4), 435-446.

Ghorbani, N., Mousavi, A., Watson, P. J., & Chen, Z. (2011). Integrative self-knowledge and the harmony of purpose model in Iranian autoimmune patients. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 7(2), 1-8.

Khan, Z., Watson, P., & Chen, Z. (2011). Differentiating religious coping from Islamic identification in patient and non-patient Pakistani Muslims. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 14(10), 1049-1062.

Dynamics of Faith and Reason

Khan, Z., Watson, P. J., & Chen, Z. (in press). Religious reflection in Pakistan: Further evidence of integration between Muslim faith and intellect. Journal of Beliefs and Values. dx.doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2017.1292725

Tekke, M., Watson, P. J., İsmail, N. A., & Chen, Z. (2015). Muslim religious openness and Ilm: Relationships with Islamic religious reflection, religious schema, and religious commitments in Malaysia. Archive for Psychology of Religion, 37, 295-320.

Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., Ghorbani, N., & Vartanian, M. (2015). Religious Openness Hypothesis: I. Religious reflection, schemas, and orientations within religious fundamentalist and Biblical foundationalist ideological surrounds. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 34(2), 99-113.

Watson, P. J., Ghorbani, N., Vartanian, M., & Chen, Z. (2015). Religious Openness Hypothesis: II. Religious reflection, mystical experience, and religious orientations of Christians in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 34(2), 114-124.

Watson, P. J., Chen, Z, Morris, R., & Stephenson, E. (2015). Religious Openness Hypothesis: III. Defense against secularism within fundamentalist and Biblical foundationalist ideological surrounds. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 34(2), 125-140.

Kamble, S. V., Watson, P. J., Marigoudar S., & Chen, Z. (2014). Varieties of openness and religious commitment in India: Relationships of attitudes toward Hinduism, Hindu religious reflection, and religious schema. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 36, 172-198.

Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., & Morris, R. (2014). Varieties of quest and the Religious Openness Hypothesis within religious fundamentalist and biblical foundationalist ideological surrounds. Religions, 5, 1-20.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Chen, Z., & Dover, H. (2013). Varieties of openness in Tehran and Qom: Psychological and religious parallels of faith and intellect oriented Islamic religious reflection. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 16(2), 123-137.

Watson, P., Chen, Z. & Hood, R. W. (2011). Biblical foundationalism and religious reflection: Polarization of faith and intellect oriented epistemologies within a Christian ideological surround. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 39(2), 111-121.

Measurement of Religiosity and Spirituality

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Ghranmayepour, S., Chen, Z. (2014a). Measuring Muslim spirituality: Relationships of Muslim experiential religiousness with religious and psychological adjustment in Iran. The Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 8(1), 77-94.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Ghranmayepour, S., Chen, Z. (2014b). Muslim Experiential Religiousness: Relationships with attitude toward Islam, religious reflection, and basic needs satisfaction in Iranians. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 25, 53-72.

Watson, P. J., Chen, Z. & Ghorbani, N. (2014). Extrinsic Cultural Religious Orientation: Analysis of Iranian measures in the United States. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 35(1), 61-78.

Chen, Z, Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., & Aghababaei, N. (2013). Muslim Experiential Religiousness and Muslim Attitudes toward Religion: Dissociation of experiential and attitudinal aspects of religiosity in Iran. Studia Religiologica, 46(1), 41-50.

Ghorbani, N., Watson, P. J., Geranmayepour, S., & Chen, Z. (2013). Analyzing the spirituality of Muslim experiential religiousness: Relationships with psychological measures of Islamic religiousness in Iran. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 35, 233-258.

Watson, P., Chen, Z. & Sisemore T. (2011). Grace and Christian psychology – Part 2: Psychometric refinements and relationships with self-compassion, depression, beliefs about sin, and religious orientation. Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology, 4(2), 64-72.