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Jonathan E. Ramsay PhD


Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Jonathan Ramsay came to Asia in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Student Engagement at James Cook University, Singapore. He received a PhD in psychology from Nanyang Technological University in 2014, and a BA in psychology and physiology from the University of Oxford in 2005. Prior to joining JCU he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).


His research interests span areas of personality and social psychology, with a particular emphasis on the psychology of religion and spirituality. His current research projects examine the ways in which religion influences supernatural explanations of events, as well the relationships between openness to experience facets, tolerance, and prejudice.

Jonathan has published in many international peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Human Behaviour, the Journal of Personality, Political Psychology, and Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is an editorial board member for the Asian Journal of Social Psychology, the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, and Frontiers in Psychology. He is also the recipient of several internal and external research grants.



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University

  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice), James Cook University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Physiology), University of Oxford

Research Interests

  • Religion/Spirituality, Supernatural Explanations, and Well-Being

  • The Psychology of Eastern Religions (esp. Buddhism, Taoism)

  • Authoritarianism across Cultures

  • Openness, Tolerance, and Prejudice

  • Antecedents and Consequences of Religious Non-Belief

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