Will Gervais


Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky · Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Will M. Gervais teaches courses on the psychology of religion and morality, social psychology, and research methods. He directs Kentucky’s Beliefs and Morality (BAM!!!) Lab, which investigates the psychological intersection of atheism, religion, and morality.

Dr. Gervais’s research has focused broadly on the psychology of atheism for over a decade. His work has appeared in such journals as Science, Nature Human Behavior, Psychological Science, Cognition, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and The Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. He is an Associate Editor at Social Psychological and Personality Science and an Editorial Board Member at Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. His work has been featured in popular outlets such as The New York Times, Der Speigel, Psychology Today, Vox, and Scientific American. He has given invited talks about his research on atheism to national and international secular groups. Gervais also maintains a regular blog focusing on research methods and recent findings on the science of religious belief and disbelief (willgervais.com/blog).

Dr. Gervais received early tenure at the University of Kentucky in 2017. In 2015, he was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science for “outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions” and received the Margaret Gorman Early Career Award from Division 36 of the American Psychological Association for “innovative research in psychology of religion with broader implications for scholarship.”

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Topics: Cognitive Science
Subtopics: Evolutionary psychology, Psychology of religion

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