Cynthia Neal Kimball, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 1990

Office: BGC M251 Lab: BGC M260
Phone: (630)752-5758
Fax: (630)752-7033
Email:

Education

Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, University of New Mexico, 1990

M.A. Developmental Psychology, University of New Mexico,1988

B.A. University Studies, University of New Mexico, 1986

About Cynthia Neal Kimball

My interests have included a wide range of research questions, specifically: high-risk families, attachment theory (particularly as it relates to our relationship with God), emerging adults, and gender issues.

I enjoy my extended family which includes 5 grandchildren. Additionally, when I'm not training for a marathon, you'll find me reading a wide variety of good books. I'm involved in a small congregation which is very concerned with social justice issues, e.g., feeding the poor and advocating for the marginalized.

Courses Taught

  • Personality (Undergraduate Senior Capstone)
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of the Family
  • Collaborative Research Teams
  • Internships

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Research in Child Development
  • American Psychological Association - Division 36, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and Division 5, Qualitative Research
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies

Research

My current research is focused on 'Emerging Adults' and their transitions from college and beyond. We are studying the effects of their attachments, identity, and religious worldviews on stress and coping. This is both a quantitative and qualitative three year study. Through interviews with our study participants we've been exploring their attachment to God, their faith coping strategies, level of connectedness to faith communities, changing view of self, and a myriad of other qualitative research questions. I also have a research team examining male and female stories of unwanted sexual experiences.

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Kimball, C.N. (2005). Radical Reformation theology and the recovery of the proper Incarnational view of the self. In Dueck, A. & Lee, C. (eds.), Why psychology needs theology: A radical-Reformation perspective. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Kimball, C.N.. (2004). Gender complementarity: Nature vs. nurture. Invited chapter in Pierce, R. W., & Groothuis, R. M. (eds.), Discovering biblical equality: Complementarity without hierarchy. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

Eckert, K. G. & Kimball, C. N. (2003). God as a secure base and haven of safety: Attachment theory as a framework for understanding relationship to God. In Hall, T. W. & McMinn, M. R. (eds.), Spiritual formation, counseling, and psychotherapy. Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publisher

Neal, C. (2001). Family brokenness: A developmental model. In McMinn, M. R. & Phillips, T. R. (eds.), The care of the soul: Exploring the intersection of theology and psychology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Articles and Papers

Kimball, C.N., Griffith, S., Mangis, M., & Vessey, J. (preparing for submission). Masculine, feminine and religious sexual scripts: Listening to emerging adults’ stories of unwanted sexual experiences

Cook, K., Kimball, C.N., Leonard, K., Boyatzis, C., (in press). Intrinsic Questers:  Exploring Quest Orientation as a Measure of Religious Maturity. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Kimball, C. N., Boyatzis, C., Cook, K., Leonard, K., Flanagan, K. S. (2013). Attachment to God:  A qualitative exploration of emerging adults' spiritual relationship with God, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 41(3), 175-188.

Kimball, C. N., Cook, K., Boyatzis, C., Leonard, K. (2013). Meaning-making in emerging adults’ narratives:  Role of identity, attachment, and religious orientation. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 32(3), 221-233.

Leonard, K., Cook, K., Boyatzis, C., Kimball, C.N., (2013). Parent-Child Dynamics and Emerging Adult Religiosity: Attachment, Parental Beliefs, and Faith Support. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5(1), 5-14.

Kimball, C. N., Boyatzis, C., Cook, K., Leonard, K., Flanagan, K. S. (in press, Fall, 2013). Attachment to God: A qualitative exploration of emerging adults' spiritual relationship with God, Journal of Psychology and Theology.

Leonard, K., Cook, K., Boyatzis, C., Kimball, C.N., (2012, August 6). Parent-Child Dynamics and Emerging Adult Religiosity: Attachment, Parental Beliefs, and Faith Support. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1037/a0029404.

Kimball, C., (2007). The emerging or co-constructed Self: A key piece of the puzzle. Edification: Journal of the society for Christian Psychology, 1 (2), 32-34.

Yangarber-Hicks, N., Behensky, C., Canning, S. S., Flanagan, K. S., Gibson, N., Hicks, M. W., Kimball, C.N., Pak, J. H., Plante, T., Porter, S. L. (2006). Invitation to the table conversation: A few diverse perspectives on integration. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25(4), 338-353.

Presentations

Kimball, C. N., Cook, K. V., Boyatzis, C. J., Leonard, K. C., *Librado, A., *Jean, C., & *Chen, J. (March, 2013). Emerging adults and the nature of their faith: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the Mid-Year Conference, Div. 36, Baltimore, MD.

Cook, K. V., Kimball, C. N., Boyatzis, C. J., Leonard, K. C., & Skorupski, W. P. (March, 2013). The well-being of highly religious emerging adults: Structural equation modeling challenges easy conclusions.

Cook, K. V., Kimball, C. N., Leonard, K. C., *Ranck, L. D., & Boyaztis, C. J. (2012, August). Attachment, religiosity, and morality: Extending Kohlberg and Diessner (1991). Paper presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association (APA), Orlando, FL.

Cook, K. V., Kimball, C. N., Boyatzis, C. J., Ranck, L., & Leonard, K. C. (2012, November). Everyday descriptions of religious and moral exemplars. Paper presented at the 2012 Conference of the Association for Moral Education (AME) meetings, San Antonio, TX.

Cook, K., Kimball, C., *Ranck, L., Leonard, K., & Boyatzis, C. (31 March 2012). Moral exemplarity and moral behavior. Paper presented at the 2012 Mid-Year Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality of the American Psychological Association Division 36, Baltimore, MD.

Kimball, C.N., Cook, K. Leonard, K., Boyatzis, C., *Heaney, K., *Millemon, A.,   *Prenatt, S., *Queen, R.  and *Stevenson, D.  (March, 2012). Narrating religious connectedness: a qualitative study of emerging adults and their integrated identities within religious communities. Poster presented at the APA Div. 36 Mid-year Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kimball, C.N., Flanagan, K., Cook, K., Boyatzis, C., Leonard, K. (March 2012). Attachment to God:  Emerging adults reflecting on their spiritual relationship. Paper presented at the  APA Div. 36 Mid-year Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kimball, C. N., Boyatzis, C., Flanagan, K., Cook, K., Leonard, K. (March, 2012). Emerging adults’ religious orientation and search for meaning in self-concept and faith turning points. Paper presented at the APA Div. 36 Mid-year Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Cook, K., Kimball, C.N., Leonard, K., Ranck, L., Boyatzis, C. (March, 2012). Committed questers:  understanding religious maturity in emerging adults. Paper presentation at the  APA Div. 36 Mid-year Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kimball, C., Flanagan, K., Cook, K., *Posthuma, R., *Buchheit, S. (2011). Constructing meaning-making narratives: Emerging adults and their conceptions of self and beliefs. Poster presentation at CAPS International, March, Indianapolis, IN.

Kimball, C., Flanagan, K., Cook, K., *Adams, R., *Neire, G., *Michaels, H. (2011)  Attachment to God:  Emerging adults’ parental attachment relationships and their corresponding spiritual relationship with God.  Paper presentation at CAPS International, March, Indianapolis, IN.

Kimball, C., Mangis, M., *Griffith, S., *Rabb, J., *Homoka, S., *Mitchell, H. (2011).   Young adults’ stories of unwanted sexual experiences: Gender differences in nature of experience, value of instrumental support, and gender role attitudes.  Paper presentation at CAPS International, March, Indianapolis, IN.

McMinn, M., Kays, K., Seegobin, W., Butman, R., Kimball, C., Watson, T. (2011). Resilience in the Face of Personal Struggle: How Academics and Clinicians Grow through Difficult Times. Panel presentation at CAPS International, March, Indianapolis, IN.

Cook, K. V., Leonard, K. C., Kimball, C. N., *Ranck, L., *Ross, R., *van Hammersveld, M., *Clasby, F., *Ekstrom, T., *Sim, D. G., and *Silander, N. (11 March 2011). Attachment, Religiosity, and Moral Identity: A Potential Model. Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meetings, Cambridge MA.

Cook, K. V., Leonard, K. C., Kimball, C. N., Flanagan, K. S., & Boyatzis, C. J. (15 April 2011). Religious and moral identities and attachment: One possible model. Paper presentated at the 2011 Mid-Year Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality of the American Psychological Association Division 36, Columbia MD.

Cook, K. V., Kimball, C. N., Leonard, K. C., Flanagan, K. S., & Boyatzis, C. (16 April 2011). Gender and the necessity of exploring religious worldview as a predictor of world-being. Paper presented at the 2011 Mid-Year Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality of the American Psychological Association Division 36, Columbia MD.

Cook, K. V., Leonard, K. C., Kimball, C. N., Flanagan, K. S., Mueller, A. P., & Boyatzis, C. J. (16 April 2011). Changing religious commitments among graduates from Christian colleges. Poster presented at the 2011 Mid-Year Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality of the American Psychological Association Division 36, Columbia MD.

Kimball, C., *Griffith, S., *Rabb, J., *Mitchel, H. (2011). Unwanted Sexual Experiences in College-aged Men and Women: Similarities and Unique Differences.  Poster to be presented at the APA Convention, August 4-6, Washington DC