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Charles Hackney, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology
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  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology of Religion
  • History of Psychology
  People are a fascinating puzzle, and psychology is an amazing field of study. As a teacher, I hope to spark the same fascination in students, setting them to the task of trying to understand the human condition. 

Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy of education has primarily been influenced by my engagement with Christian scholars (e.g., James K.A. Smith) on education as person formation, as well as the broader liberal arts tradition. The purpose of education is to influence students at an intellectual, emotional, and behavioural level so that their habits and dispositions are inclined toward the true, the good, and the beautiful, and that they are equipped for lives of service to one another and to the Lord.


My family and I have lived in Caronport since January 2010, and I have found that my background in Fairbanks, Alaska, has equipped me well for the task of living in the middle of nowhere. I enjoy Shakespearean and musical theatre, Judo, and geeking out over a variety of sci-fi/horror/fantasy media.


PhD Social/Personality Psychology, University at Albany SUNY, 2003


Positive psychology
Psychology of religion
Terror management theory
Psychology of martial arts


  • Pennington, J. T., & Hackney, C. H. (2017). Resourcing a Christian positive psychology from the Sermon on the Mount. Journal of Positive Psychology, 12, 427-435.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2015). “Silk ribbons tied around a sword”: Knighthood and the chivalric virtues in Westeros. In J. Battis & S. Johnston (Eds.), Mastering the game of thrones: Essays on George R. R. Martin's a song of ice and fire (pp. 132-149). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2014) Imperfectible: Reply to commentaries. Christian Psychology, 8, 33-37.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2014) Imperfectible: Why positive psychology needs original sin. Christian Psychology, 8, 5-14.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2013). Traditional martial arts as pathways to flourishing. In J. Sinott (Ed.), Positive psychology: Advances in understanding adult motivation (pp. 145-158). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2011). Martial arts and philosophy: Beating and nothingness [Review of the book Martial arts and philosophy: Beating and nothingness, by G. Priest and D. Young]. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 20 (4), 104-105.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2011). The effect of mortality salience on the evaluation of humorous material. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 51-62.
  • Murphy, N., & Hackney, C. H. (2011). An interview with Nancey Murphy: Constructing an Anabaptist vision of ideal psychological functioning. Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology, 4, 73-78.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). Martial virtues. North Clarendon, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Publications.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). Religion and mental health: What do you mean when you say "religion?" What do you mean when you say "mental health?" In P. Verhagen, H. van Praag, J. Lopez-Ibor, J. Cox, & D. Moussaoui (Eds.), Religion and psychiatry: Beyond boundaries (pp. 343-360). London, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). Sanctification as a source of theological guidance in the construction of a Christian positive psychology. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 29, 195-207.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). A role for the martial arts in positive youth development. PsyInsight, 1, 38-39.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). Positive psychology and Vanhoozer’s theodramatic model of flourishing. Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology, 4, 24-27.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2009). The Aristotelian philosophy of the martial arts. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 18 (4), 8-17.
  • Hackney, C. H. (2007). Possibilities for a Christian positive psychology. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 35, 211-221.
  • Hackney, C. H., & Sanders, G. S. (2003). Religiosity and mental health: A meta-analysis of recent studies. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42, 43-55.
  • Hackney. C. H., & Sanders, G. S. (2002, March). Christian and Muslim death anxiety: An examination of scriptural death references. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
All of my professors really know the Bible and have had a huge impact on my life by showing me how to humbly engage the text and let it have weight on my soul.
Jeremy Holsworth