Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Fordham University
M.A., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
B.A., Wellesley College
Phone (718) 405-3248
Fax (718) 405-3249
Founders Hall 224
Areas of Expertise
I approach research from a psychodynamic perspective and with a commitment to empiricism and solid scholarship. I am particularly interested in serious and persistent mental illness and the aspects of development that aid in recovery and quality of life. Primarily, I am interested in the interrelationships between religiosity/spirituality, object representation, and severity of psychotic illness. I am alo interested in the ways people connect with and understand that which is greater than themselves. I am also curious about the factors that contribute to the absence of spirituality or religiosity. I believe both sides of this singular coin are shaped and, at times, distorted by complex object representations, the development of a sense of self, attachment styles, trauma, and other critical concepts that have emerged from psychodynamic theory.
My research group, which includes several Mount students, has analyzed data from a study of attachment to God and image of God among individuals with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. In addition, we completed a study in Spring 2010 on attachment to parents and attachment to God. In 2010-2011 Mount students collected and analyzed data in order to begin developing a more robust measure of image of God. During the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year, student will be assisting on a collaborative project with John Jay College of Criminal Justice to examine the interrelationships between substance abuse and PTSD and the role of spirituality in recovery from these disorders.
American Psychoanalytic Association, Associate
American Psychological Association, Member
Psychoanalysis - Division 39
Psychology of Religion – Division 36
New York State Psychological Association, Clinical Division Member
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Member
Recent Publications and Presentations
Prout, T. A., Cecero, J. J., & Dragatsi, D. (In press, 2012). Parental object representations, attachment to God, and recovery among individuals with psychosis. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture.
Cecero, J. & Prout, T. A. (In press, 2012). The faculty spirituality questionnaire and its relationship to teaching style. Religion and Education.
Prout, T. A. (2009). Book Review - Principles of psychotherapy: Promoting evidence-based psychodynamic practice. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, Summer 2010.
Prout, T. A. Attachment to God in Psychotic Disorders and Its Role in Recovery - Grand Rounds at Jacobi Medical Center - September 30, 2009; North Central Bronx Hospital - May 26, 2010.
Cecero, J.C. & Prout, T. Spirituality in the classroom. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Division 36 Annual Meeting - Columbia, MD, February 29-March 1, 2008.
Prout, T.A., (2007). Where Thou Ends and I Begin: Object Representations, Religion, and the Psychotic Illness. Poster presented the biennial meeting of the International Psychoanalytic Association meeting, Berlin, Germany.
Prout, T.A., Cecero, J.C., & Zilberman, S. (2007). The relationship between spirituality and depression in a clinical sample of college students. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Prout, T.A. (2006). Religious and spiritual representation and recovery from schizophrenia. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.
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