Phil ShaverPhillip R. Shaver, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he arrived in 1992 after serving on the faculties of Columbia University, New York University, the University of Denver, and SUNY at Buffalo. He has received grants from NSF, NIMH, NIJ, and numerous foundations and has published over 300 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has coauthored and co-edited numerous books including In Search of IntimacyMeasures of Personality and Social Psychological AttitudesAttachment in Adulthood; Handbook of AttachmentProsocial Motives, Emotions, and BehaviorThe Social Psychology of Morality: Exploring the Causes of Good and EvilMeaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential ConcernsMechanisms of Social Connection: From Brain to Group; and four volumes of the APA’s Handbook series. His research deals with attachment theory, close relationships, human emotions, and Buddhist psychology. He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals and a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He has served as executive officer of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) and president of the International Association for Relationship Research, from which he received a Distinguished Career Award in 2002 and an International Mentoring Award in 2010. He has received a Scientific Influence Award and a Distinguished Career Award from SESP, and a Distinguished Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He lives in Davis, California, with his wife, Distinguished Professor Gail S. Goodman, and their two daughters.

Dr. Shaver will be presenting an invited lecture, co-authored with Dr. Mario Mikulincer, on Meaning and Other Existential Concerns: The View from Attachment Theory.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Understand how attachment theory and research bear on questions of mortality and meaning.

2.  Understand how attachment theory and research bear on issues in the psychology of religion, including both theistic religions and Buddhism.