Paul T. Lewis

Professor of Psychology and Philosophy

    B.A. in Psychology, Carthage College, 1971
    M.A. in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 1978
    Ph.D. in the Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago, 1985
Areas of specialization include human development and social cognition. In addition, he has had about seven years of experience as a counselor working with persons who suffered from physical, mental, and emotional disturbances.

    Lewis began his work at Bethel College in the fall of 1988. His research interests include studies of mind in persons with schizophrenia, the psychology of religion, and studies of behavioral interpretation in everyday life. Part of his current research work in schizophrenia has its basis in collaborative projects with both the Institute of Psychiatry (University of London, United Kingdom) and IPSER (the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, University of Limburg (now the University of Maastricht), Maastricht, Netherlands), projects begun during his 95/96 sabbatical year.  In the late 90's data collection focused on an American sample of persons with schizophrenia at Prairie View, a mental health agency based in Newton, Kansas, and at BreakThrough Club, ComCare, and other agencies based in Wichita, KS.  An additional sabbatical to the Netherlands in the Spring of 2003, along with shorter Summer-based trips in both 2005 and 2008, served to keep viable his connection with the University of Maastricht and several of its faculty.  Most recently he and three of his students were able to present this work on schizophrenia to the Spring 2011 meetings of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research held in Colorado Springs, CO.
    Lewis attempts to use both his experience as a counselor and his past and present research work as resources on which to draw in his practice of teaching. He also enjoys offering opportunities to students to become involved in faculty research studies that interest them and assisting students with their own independent research projects.
    The discipline of philosophy has become of increasing interest for Lewis, starting with his dissertation work relating to the structure and function of behavioral interpretation, and continuing with the development of his teaching in the philosophical schools of mind and consciousness.  These areas of inquiry are addressed primarily in the Topics (PHI 361) courses of "Mind, Self, and Society", focuing on social and political philosophy, and "Explanation and Understanding", focuing on epistemology.  In addition, because of student interest, a course in "Existentialism" was sometimes offered.  Currently, in part because of the needs of the College, along with his own interests, he has started to offer another Topics course entitled, "Philosophy of Religion".  This area has become quite fascinating for him given both the increasing prominence of religiously-based issues and arguments in popular culture, and the significance of religion along with spirituality in the conducting of psychological research and of psychologically-based therapy interventions (please see Philosophy Home Page below).

Course pages


    General Psychology Home Page
    Lifespan Development Home Page

    Abnormal Psychology Home Page
     Personality Home Page


    Philosophy Home Page

Links to other Psychology Websites

    American Psychological Association

    Association for Psychological Science

    Whole Brain Atlas


Contact information
    Office: Krehbiel Science Center 104

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