Jeffrey P. Bjorck

Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology

Contact Information
BA, Colgate University
MA, PhD, University of Delaware

Biographical Information

Jeff Bjorck is a professor of psychology who has been on the faculty since 1990. His current research efforts address religious support and religious coping in adolescents, as well as in adults from various ethnocultural and faith backgrounds. He is also investigating the effects of illusory control and unrealistic optimism.

Bjorck is an active member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He serves as a regular reviewer for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. In addition to authoring numerous research journal articles on stress, coping, faith, and adjustment, he has also written Casebook for Managing Managed Care: A Self-Study Guide for Treatment Planning, Documentation, and Communication (2000), with J.A. Brown and M. Goodman. Bjorck is also a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice.

Bjorck also serves as a Board member for Lifewater International, a faith-based training and development organization focused on empowering people in developing countries to access and maintain safe water, hygiene, and sanitation resources.

Courses Taught

  • PC803: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • PG843: Psychopathology
  • PG855: Psychometric Theory
  • PI811: Christians Who Counsel

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Religious coping, religious support, life stress, and adjustment in adults and adolescents; ethnocultural differences in faith, support, stress, coping, and adjustment; experimental models of illusory control


Books and Book Chapters

  • Ai, A. L., Bjorck, J. P., Appel, H., & Huang, B. (2013). Asian American spirituality and religion: Inherent diversity, uniqueness, and long-lasting psychological influences. In K. Pargament (Ed.-in-Chief), J. Exline & J. Jones (Assoc. Eds.), APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, Vol. I., pp. 581-598. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Bjorck, J. P., & Abernethy, A. D. (2003). Occupational stress, trauma, and adjustment in expatriate humanitarian aid workers. In J. Fawcett (Ed.), Stress and trauma handbook: Strategies for flourishing in demanding environments. pp. 68-100 Monrovia, CA: World Vision International.
  • Bjorck, J. P., Brown, J. A., & Goodman, M. (2000). Casebook for managing managed care: A self-study guide for treatment planning, documentation, and communication. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Corporation, Inc.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (1999). Stress. In D. Benner & P. Hill (Eds.), Baker encyclopedia of psychology, 2nd ed., pp. 1170-1171. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.


  • Lazar, A., & Bjorck, J. P. (2015). Gender Differences in the Structure and Perception of Religious Support in a Religious Jewish Sample. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (July 13 online posting:
  • Yi, G. H., & Bjorck, J. P. (2014). Religious Support and Psychological Functioning in Korean American Protestant Christians. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6, 44-52. doi:10.1037/a0034417.
  • Bjorck, J. P., & Byron, K. J. (2014). Does Stress-Related Growth Involve Constructive Changes in Coping Intentions? Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 97-107. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2013.858273.
  • Ai, A. L., Huang, B., Bjorck, J. P., & Appel, H. B. (2013). Religious attendance and major depression among Asian Americans in the national database—The mediation of social support. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5, 78-89. doi: 10.1037/a0030625.
  • Bjorck, J. P., & Maslim, A. A. (2011). The Multi-faith Religious Support Scale: Validation with a Sample of Muslim Women. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 6(1), 62-80.
  • Bjorck, J.P., & Lazar, A. (2011). Religious support, motives for having large families, and psychological functioning among religious Jewish mothers. Journal of Religion and Health, 50 (1), 177-194.
  • Bjorck, J. P., Braese, R. W., Tadie, J. T., & Gililland, D. D. (2010). The Adolescent Religious Coping Scale: Development, validation, and cross-validation. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16 (3), 343-359.
  • Abernethy, A. D., Houston, T. R., Bjorck, J. P., Gorsuch, R. L., & Arnold, H. (2009). Religiousness and prostate cancer screening in African-American men. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 27 (3), 316-331.
  • Bjorck, J. P., & Kim, J. W. (2009). Religious coping, religious support, and psychological functioning among short-term missionaries. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 12 (7), 611-626.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Bjorck, J. P., Larson, L. C., Walling, S. M., Trice, G., Fawcett, J., Abernethy, A. D., & Foy, D. W. (2009). Social support, organisational support, and religious support in relation to burnout in humanitarian aid workers. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 12 (7), 671-686.
  • Maslim, A. A., & Bjorck, J. P. (2009). Reasons for conversion to Islam among women in the United States. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 1, 97-111.
  • Lazar, A., & Bjorck, J. P. (2008). Religious support and psychosocial well-being among a religious Jewish population. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 11(4), 403-421.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (2008). A holistically psychological response to Anderson. Edification: Journal for the Society of Christian Psychology, 1(2), 17-20.
  • Duris, M. A., Bjorck, J. P., & Gorsuch, R. L. (2007). Christian Subcultural Differences in Item Perceptions of the MMPI-2 Lie Scale. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 356-366.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (2007). Faith, coping, and illusory control: Psychological constructs with theological ramifications. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 195-206.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (2007). A Christian application of Multimodal Therapy. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 140-150.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (2007). Autobiographical reflections on psychology and the artistic spirit. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 57-60.
  • Bjorck, J. P., & Thurman, J. W. (2007). Negative life events, patterns of positive and negative religious coping, and psychological functioning. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 46, 159-167.
  • Trice, P. D., & Bjorck, J. P. (2006). Pentecostal Perspectives on Causes and Cures of Depression. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37 (3), 283-294.
  • Abernethy, A. D., Magat, M. M., Houston, T. R., Arnold, H. L., Bjorck, J. P., and Gorsuch, R. L. (2005). Recruiting African American men for cancer screening studies: Applying a culturally-based model. Health Education and Behavior, 32, 441-451.
  • Fiala, W. E., Bjorck, J. P., & Gorsuch, R. L. (2002). The Religious Support Scale: Construction, validation, and cross-validation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30(6), 761-786.
  • Bjorck, J. P., Cuthbertson, W., Thurman, J. W., & Lee, Y. S. (2001). Ethnicity, coping, and distress among Korean-, Filipino-, and Caucasian-Americans. Journal of Social Psychology, 141(4), 421-442.
  • Maynard, E. A., Gorsuch, R. L., & Bjorck, J. P. (2001). Religious coping style, concept of God, and personal religious variables in threat, loss, and challenge situations. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 40 (1), 65-74.
  • Kunst, J. L., Bjorck, J. P., & Tan, S. Y. (2000). Causal attributions for uncontrollable negative life events. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 19(1), 47-60.
  • Bjorck, J. P., Hopp, D. P., & Jones, L. W. (1999). Prostate cancer and emotional functioning: Effects of mental adjustment, optimism, and appraisal. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 17(1), 71-85.
  • Leucht, C., Bjorck, J. P., Klewicki, L., & Goodman, M. (1999). Patient Impairment Lexicon: A validation study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 55(12), 1567-1582.
  • Klewicki, L., Bjorck, J. P., Leucht, C., & Goodman, M. (1998). Patient Impairment Lexicon: A psychometric analysis. Psychological Reports, 83, 547-570.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (1997). Religiousness and coping: Implications for clinical practice. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 16, 73-79.
  • Bjorck, J. P., & Klewicki, L. (1997). The effects of stressor type on projected coping plans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 10, 481-497.
  • Bjorck, J. P., Lee, Y. S., & Cohen, L. H. (1997). Control beliefs and faith as stress moderators for Korean-versus Caucasian-American Protestants. American Journal of Community Psychology, 25, 61-72.
  • Bjorck, J. P. (1995). A self-centered perspective on McIntosh’s religious schema. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 5(1), 23-29.
  • Bjorck, J. P., & Cohen, L. H. (1993). Coping with threats, losses, and challenges. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 12, 56-72.
  • Burt, C., Cohen, L., & Bjorck, J. P. (1988). Perceived family environment as a moderator of young adolescents’ life stress adjustment. American Journal of Community Psychology, 16, 101-122.
  • Cohen, L., Burt, C., & Bjorck, J. P. (1987). Life stress and adjustment: Effects of life events experienced by young adolescents and their parents. Developmental Psychology, 23(4), 583-592.


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