Charles Hackney, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology   306.756.3263    

Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality, Research Methods, Statistics, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Religion
  It's complicated. 

Teaching Philosophy

People are a fascinating puzzle, and psychology is an amazing field of study. As a teacher, I hope to spark the same interest in students, setting them to the task of trying to understand the human condition.


My family and I have lived in Caronport since January 2010, and I have found that my background in Fairbanks, Alaska, has equipped me well for the task of living in the middle of nowhere. I enjoy Shakespearean and musical theatre, Judo, and geeking out over a variety of sci-fi/horror/fantasy media.


PhD Social/Personality Psychology, University at Albany SUNY, 2003


Positive psychology
Psychology of religion
Terror management theory
Psychology of martial arts


  • Hackney, C. H. (2014) Imperfectible: Why positive psychology needs original sin. Christian Psychology, 8, 5-14.

  • Hackney, C. H. (2013). Traditional martial arts as pathways to flourishing. In J. Sinott (Ed.), Positive psychology: Advances in understanding adult motivation (pp. 145-158). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

  • Hackney, C. H. (2011). The effect of mortality salience on the evaluation of humorous material. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 51-62.

  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). Martial virtues. North Clarendon, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Publications.

  • Hackney, C. H. (2010). Religion and mental health: What do you mean when you say "religion?" What do you mean when you say "mental health?" In P. Verhagen, H. van Praag, J. Lopez-Ibor, J. Cox, & D. Moussaoui (Eds.), Religion and psychiatry: Beyond boundaries (pp. 343-360). London, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Hackney, C. H. (2007). Possibilities for a Christian positive psychology. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 35, 211-221.

  • Hackney, C. H., & Sanders, G. S. (2003). Religiosity and mental health: A meta-analysis of recent studies. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42, 43-55.

  • Hackney. C. H., & Sanders, G. S. (2002, March). Christian and Muslim death anxiety: An examination of scriptural death references. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

I learned not to take the easy answers when dealing with Scripture and theology, but to deal with uncomfortable and challenging questions, wrestling with both the text and my own biases to best determine what is true and God-pleasing.
Trevor Loken