Areas of Specialization – Child/Adolescent/Family Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (clinical, developmental, and social)
Research Advisor/Mentor – Dr. Julie Exline
Current Research/Clinical Interests – I am interested in better understanding the relationship between spirituality and child development, especially in regards to attachment, negative childhood experiences, psychopathology, and treatment. One growing focus of my research is child and adolescent religious and spiritual struggles. I love working with clinical child/adolescent populations and have a strong passion for working with particularly marginalized children/adolescents and families, especially those that have experienced significant traumatic and/or negatively life-altering events.
Recent Publications and Presentations – Homolka, S.J., & Exline, J.J. (2014). Religious and spiritual struggles among adolescents and children. In J.B. Grubbs & J.J. Exline (Co-Chairs), Religious and spiritual struggles: New research frontiers. Symposium conducted at the 12th Annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, La Mirada, CA.
Liu, C., Homolka, S.J., & Adamek, J. (2014). Faith and religion: Avenues for social justice. Roundtable conducted at the 31st Annual Winter Roundtable, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Exline, J.J., Pargament, K.I., Grubbs, J.B., Yali, A.M., & Homolka, S.J. (2014). Religious and spiritual struggles: Development of three new measures. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality, La Mirada, CA.
Exline, J.J., Grubbs, J.B., & Homolka, S.J. (2013). Seeing God as cruel vs. distant: Links with divine struggles involving anger, doubt, and fear of God’s disapproval. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10508619.2013.857255
Exline, J.J., Homolka, S.J., & Grubbs, J.B. (2013). Negative views of parents and struggles with God: An exploration of two mediators. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41, 200–213.
Homolka, S.J. (2013). Divine struggles: Parents’ contributions and attachment to God as a mediator. Master’s thesis, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
Homolka, S.J. (2013). Engaging division 36 students: Resources and professional development Dialogue. Presented at the 121st Annual APA Convention, July 31-August 4, 2013, Honolulu, HI.
Homolka, S.J. (2013). Which Parental Characteristics Predict More Struggle with God? Poster presented at the 121st Annual APA Convention, July 31-August 4, 2013, Honolulu, HI.
Homolka, S.J., & Exline, J.J. (2013). Divine struggles and parental relationships. In J.J. Exline & J.B. Grubbs (Co-Chairs), Divine struggle. Symposium conducted at the 11th Annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, March 22-23, 2013, Columbia, MD.
Homolka, S.J., & Exline, J.J. (2013). Parental and divine relationships’ links to divine struggle. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality, January 4-5, 2013, La Mirada, CA.
Homolka, S.J., Exline, J.J. (2012) Images of parents and God: How are they related to anger toward God? Poster presented at 120th Annual APA Convention, August 2-5, 2012, Orlando, FL.
Homolka, S.J. (2012). Changing Lives at a Faith-Based Residential Treatment Facility: The Positive Impact Spirituality has on Residents. Presented at the faith-based residential treatment facility research site for master’s thesis [name withheld to protect confidentiality], March 14, 2012.
Homolka, S.J., Hawthorne, S., Fryling, A., Quistad, A., & Frazer, A.L. (2012). Spirituality/ Religiosity and Emotional Symptom Change at a Faith-Based Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescent Males. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, March 29-31, 2012, Columbia, MD.
Kimball, C., Mangis, M., Griffith, S., Rabb, J., Homolka, S.J., & Mitchell, H. (2011). Young Adults’ Stories of Unwanted Sexual Experiences: Gender Differences in the Nature of Experience, Value of Instrumental Support, & Gender Role Attitudes. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Science International Conference 2011, March 31-April 2, Indianapolis, IN.
Homolka, S.J. (2010). Spirituality/religiosity and emotional symptom change at a faith-based residential treatment facility for adolescent males. Master’s thesis, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.
Neal Kimball, C., Mangis, M., Griffith, S., Mitchell, H., Kalkreuth, K, Herrell, K., & Homolka, S.J. (2010). Unwanted Sexual Experiences: Men’s and Women’s Responses. Paper presented at Wheaton College’s Psychology of Sexuality Discussion, April 7, 2010, Wheaton, IL.
Phinney, R.E. & Homolka, S.J. (2008). Type-B, U-Shaped Cyclopean Masking Function at Mask-To-Target Energy Ratio of One. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 20th Annual Convention, May 22-25, 2008, Chicago, IL.
Comments on Faculty/Program – I really appreciate the program’s balance between research, practice, and teaching. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in various research and clinical work while also hone any particular interests students may have within psychology. Faculty are also dedicated to the development, training, and mentoring of students.