I don't do research just for research’s sake. I use research as a practical tool for helping others live more faithfully and resiliently. I research a wide spectrum of mass and humanitarian disasters. I also study how lessons from disaster zones can be applied to everyday life and personal disasters.

My studies include both basic and applied research that supports novel and innovative resources, tools, interventions, and public policy. Technically speaking, my research focuses on the psychology of religion/spirituality and disasters. That's just a fancy way of saying I study how disasters impact faith, as well the relationship between faith and the way people think, behave, and feel in disaster situations.