Dr. Russell Kosits

Professor of Psychology

Chair of the Psychology Department

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4274

Email: rkosits@redeemer.ca

Office: 219G

Department: Psychology

Education

Ph.D. (2004), University of New Hampshire

M.T.S. (2004), University of New Hampshire

M.A. (2000), University of New Hampshire

M.A. (1998), Geneva College

B.A. (1990), Old Dominion University

Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology: General and Experimental (PSY-121)
  • Understanding Our World Through the Social Sciences (SSC-210)
  • Personality (PSY-315)
  • Positive Psychology (PSY-339)
  • History of Psychology (PSY-341)

About

All scientific work is inevitably shaped by “worldviews,” or beliefs about ultimate questions. My work as a teacher and scholar flows out of this central truth, in two particular ways.  First, as a professor at Redeemer University College and the founding editor of the Journal of Christian Psychology (to be launched in 2020), I’m part of a conversation exploring the ways secular and religious worldviews shape — or might shape — psychological thought.  Second, given that psychology privileges certain (e.g., naturalistic, progressive, and empiricist) worldviews and marginalizes others, I advocate for viewpoint diversity in psychology.  As President-Elect of the Society for the History of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 26), I hope to shed light on how psychology became ideologically homogenous, and work with others to help psychology become a more open-minded, worldview-plural discipline.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Slife, B. D., O’Grady, K. A., & Kosits, R. D. (Eds.). (2017). The hidden worldviews of psychology’s theory, research, and practice. New York: Routledge.

Kosits, R. D. (2017). Toward worldview pluralism in psychology. In B. D. Slife, K. A. O’Grady, & R. D. Kosits (Eds.), The hidden worldviews of psychology’s theory, research, and practice. New York: Routledge.

Kosits, R. D. (2017). Psychological thought [of Jonathan Edwards]. In H. S. Stout (Ed.), The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Kosits, R., Inzlicht, M., & Good, M. (2017, Feb). The demise and rise of the will. Paper presented at the York University history & theory of psychology evening colloquium series, Toronto, ON.

Charry, E. T., & Kosits, R. D. (2016). Christian theology and positive psychology: An exchange of giftsThe Journal of Positive Psychology, 1-12. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1228010

Kosits, R. (2015, September 2015). Worldview and the academy: Kuyper’s vision for Christian scholarshipResound.

Kosits, R. D., & May, W. (2015). On Christian psychology: An interview with Russ Kosits by Werner MayChristian Psychology Around the World, 7, 14-22.

Kosits, R. D. (2015). Theoretical activity in psychological science and the possibilty of worldview pluralism. Paper presented at the the 123rd annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Toronto, ON.

Kosits, R. D. (2014). The religious roots of Gordon Allport’s psychological thought. Paper presented at the the 122nd annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Kosits, R. D., & Johnson, E. L. (2014). Growing Kuyper’s branch: A preliminary rationale for Reformed and Reformational persepctive in psychological science. Paper presented at the Academy Regained conference, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON.

Kosits, R. D. (2014). The downfall of psychology at Yale, 1899-1909. Paper presented at the York University history & theory of psychology evening colloquium series Toronto, ON.

Kosits, R. D. (2013). Deeply engaged and strongly perspectival? The impasse in the psychology-Christianity dialogue and its missional resolution. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 65, 163-178.

Kosits, R. D. (2013). Which Christianity? The creedal imperatives of Chrisitian psychologyChristian Psychology, 7, 12-19.

Kosits, R. D. (2012). Whose Psychology? Which Christianity? McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, 13, 101-195.

Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Cheiron: The International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Society for Christian Psychology
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
Society for the History of Psychology (APA Division 26)