Douglas Trimble, Ph.D.

Douglas Trimble, PhDPh.D., Temple University
Specialties: Social psychology, psychology of religion, and assessment of student learning
Office: McInnis 218
Phone: 610-225-5320


Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Temple University
M.A. in Social Psychology, Temple University
B.A. in Psychology, Messiah College

Professional Biography

Douglas Trimble is Associate Professor of Psychology at Eastern University. Dr. Trimble is a social psychologist who is deeply committed to seeing the Good News of Christ proclaimed to all of God’s creation. From 2003-2008 he taught at Eastern University before spending five years on the mission field in Pakistan and returning to Eastern in 2013. Dr. Trimble and his wife, Margy, previously had served three years at WEC (Worldwide Evangelization for Christ) International’s US headquarters in Fort Washington, PA coordinating their summer and short-term program. During his first stint at Eastern, Dr. Trimble advised a student mission trip to Jamaica. From 2008-2013 Dr. Trimble and his family were sent by the Presbyterian Church as mission co-workers to Lahore, Pakistan, where Dr. Trimble held the post of Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Forman Christian College. His areas of research interest include the psychology of religion, prejudice, altruism, social desirability response bias, organizational commitment and satisfaction, sleep, assessment of student learning and institutional research. He is currently working on a major cross-cultural research project investigating the psychology of religion of Pakistani Christians and Muslims.

Research and Selected Publications

Trimble, D. E. (2017, March). Assessment of adult attachment and its relationship to attachment to God. Keynote address at the 1st International Conference “Clinical Psychology in the Developing World: Issues, Challenges and Solutions,” University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

Trimble, D. E., & Strout, E. S. (2015, March). Content analysis of Pakistani Muslim and Christian religious dreams. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Trimble, D.E. (2014, November). Religiousness, fundamentalism, and authoritarianism of Pakistani Muslim and Christian university students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis, IN.

Trimble, D.E. (2006). Organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and turnover intention of missionaries. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 34, 349-360.

Trimble, D. E. (1997). The religious orientation scale: Review and meta-analysis of social desirability effects. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 57, 970-986. doi:10.1177/0013164497057006007.

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