Summer Workshop 2021 Presenters

Emily Burdett, University of Nottingham (UK)

Emily Reed Burdett completed a DPhil at Oxford in 2013 researching the cognitive, cultural, and developmental foundations of children’s understanding of God and humans. Following her DPhil she was a research fellow at the University of St Andrews for three years, examining the developmental origins of culture and innovation. She now is Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and retains a research associate post with the University of Oxford. 


Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova University (USA)

Jesse Couenhoven is Professor of Moral Theology in the Humanities and Theology departments at Villanova University. His books Stricken by Sin, Cured by Christ (OUP, 2013) and Predestination: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2018) offer historical and constructive perspectives on questions about free will raised by doctrines of fall and redemption. His work engages moral and medical perspectives on sin and disorders, and normative and therapeutic perspectives on freedom and forgiveness. He is currently distracted by directing the “Collaborative Inquiries in Christian Theological Anthropology” grant, which is funding science-engaged research projects and educational workshops from 2020-2023.


Robert A. Emmons, University of California, Davis (USA)

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis where he has taught since 1988. Dr. Emmons is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.   He is the author of over 250 original publications in peer‑reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited eight books, including Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier and The Little Book of Gratitude.  His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and joy as they relate to human flourishing and well-being. Gratitude to God Project:


Matthew Fisher, Southern Methodist University (USA)

Matthew Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Southern Methodist University. His research interests include judgment and decision making, the psychology of technology, and meta-science. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Biola University, a Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University, and completed post-doctoral training in Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. More information available at his website:


Jonathan Jong, University of Oxford (UK)

The Revd Dr Jonathan Jong is an experimental and cross-cultural psychologist. He is an Assistant Professor at Coventry University and teaches theology at the University of Oxford. He has just finished writing Experimenting with Religion, forthcoming with Oxford University Press. His personal research website is:


Neil Messer, University of Winchester (UK)

Neil Messer is Professor of Theology at the University of Winchester. He gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge, before studying Theology and Ethics in Cambridge and at King’s College London. His research interests are focused on the intersections of theology, ethics, the biosciences and health care; recent publications include Theological Neuroethics: Christian Ethics Meets the Science of the Human Brain (T&T Clark, 2017) and Science in Theology: Encounters between Science and the Christian Tradition (T&T Clark, 2020).


Meghan Page, Loyola University Maryland (USA)

Meghan Page is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland the PI of SET Foundations. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research in philosophy of science centers on paleoclimatology, particularly questions about indirect evidence, the construction of historical narratives, and models of the past. Her work in philosophy of religion uses scientific conceptual frameworks to elucidate, extend or challenge prevailing philosophical models of concepts like faith and divine creativity.


Lisa Stenmark, San Jose State University (USA)

Lisa Stenmark has written numerous articles on the relationship between religion and science, including Religion, Science and Democracy: A Disputational Friendship, on scientific and religious authority in public life, and is co-editor, with Whitney Bauman, of the series Religion and Science as a Critical Discourse, published by Lexington Books. She.  She earned an MDiv/MA from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary/ the Graduate Theological Union, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University.   She teaches Humanities and Comparative Religious Studies at a San Jose State University and currently resides in Wyoming. 


NViTA Project Team


NViTA Summer Workshop 2021

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