Charles Hackney, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology


Faculty of Arts and Science


BA (Psychology): George Fox University, 1996

PhD (Social/Personality Psychology): State University of New York at Albany, 2003


Areas of Specialization

Social psychology Personality psychology Positive psychology Psychology of religion


Dr. Hackney and his family have lived in Caronport since January 2010, and he has found that coming from Fairbanks, Alaska has equipped him well for the task of living in the Middle of Nowhere. He is fond of Shakespearean theatre, having performed in a number of productions. He is also a martial arts instructor with the Caronport Bartitsu Society.

Research Interests

Interactions between psychology, philosophy, and theology

Terror management theory

Religion and mental health

Psychology of martial arts

Notable Publications

Hackney, C. H. (2011). The effect of mortality salience on the evaluation of humorous material.Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 51-62.

Hackney, C. H. (2010). Martial virtues. North Clarendon, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Publications.

Hackney, C. H. (2010). Religion and mental health: What do you mean when you say "religion?" What do you mean when you say "mental health?" In P. Verhagen, H. van Praag, J. Lopez-Ibor, J. Cox, & D. Moussaoui (Eds.),Religion and psychiatry: Beyond boundaries(pp. 343-360).London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Hackney, C. H. (2009). The Aristotelian philosophy of the martial arts.Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 18(4), 8-17.

Hackney, C. H. (2007). Possibilities for a Christian positive psychology.Journal of Psychology & Theology, 35,211-221. 

Hackney, C. H.; & Sanders, G. S. (2003). Religiosity and mental health: A meta-analysis of recent studies.Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42,43-55.


Memberships and Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion           

Christian Association for Psychological Studies

International Network on Personal Meaning      

International Positive Psychology Association