McMinn, Bufford Secure $200,000 Research Grant

Rodger Buford and Mark McMinn

A $200,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation will allow George Fox University doctor of psychology students to pursue dissertation projects on how positive human experiences impact church communities.

Doctor of Psychology professors Mark McMinn and Rodger Bufford applied for the grant, to be distributed over three years beginning in January of 2014. The grant funds five psychology doctoral students – some at George Fox and some at Wheaton College in Illinois – who will study a positive psychology topic in the context of the church community. Ultimately, the goal is to produce at least five journal articles and a brief book about positive psychology and the church.