Prof Fraser Watts HonFISSRProf Fraser Watts HonFISSR

Visiting Professor in Psychology of Religion
University of Lincoln

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Fraser Watts is a former Senior Scientist at the UK Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, and has served as President of the British Psychological Society. Until retirement he was Reader in Theology and Science in the in the University of Cambridge, and was Director of the Psychology and Religion Research Group in the Faculty of Divinity, and a Fellow of Queens’ College. He has also been President of the International Society for Science and Religion, of which he is now Executive Secretary. He founded and continues as Director of the Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion. He is also a priest in the Church of England and, until retirement, was Vicar-Chaplain of St Edward’s Church in Cambridge. He is now Visiting Professor in Psychology of Religion at the University of Lincoln.

In addition to scientific publications, such as Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders (with Mark Williams et al, 1988, Wiley), he has published extensively on theology and science, theology and psychology and the psychological study of religion. See

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Embodied Spirituality: Psychology, Religion and the Body

SCM Press (forthcoming)

Science and/or Religion; A 21st Century Debate

Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming)
Co-authors: Eds: Khalili, S.

Psychology, Religion and Spirituality: Concepts and Applications

Cambridge University Press 2017

Evolution, Religion and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays

Oxford University Press 2014
Co-authors: Eds: Turner, L.

Head and Heart: Perspectives from Religion and Psychology

Templeton Press 2013
Co-authors: Eds: Dumbreck, G.

Ed: Spiritual Healing: Scientific and Religious Perspectives

Cambridge University Press 2011

Ed: Creation: Law and Probability

Ashgate 2008

Ed: Jesus and Psychology

Longman & Todd 2007

The Dialogue Between Science and Religion: An International Approach

John Templeton Press 2006
Co-authors: Eds: Dutton, K.

Forgiveness in Context. Theology and Psychology in Creative Dialogue

T & T Clark International 2004
Co-authors: Eds: Gulliford, L

Theology and Psychology

Ashgate 2002

Psychology for Christian Ministry

Routledge 2002
Co-authors: Nye, R. & Savage, S.

Ed: Perspectives on Prayer

SPCK 2001

Ed: Christians and Bioethics

SPCK 2000

Ed: Science Meets Faith

SPCK 1998

The Psychology of Religious Knowing

Cambridge University Press 1988
Co-authors: Williams, M.