Religious Studies

Claire White

Assistant Professor
(818) 677-5640
Office location:
Santa Susana Hall 236


Dr White is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge and joined the Religious Studies Department in 2012. She previously worked in Queen's University, Belfast, King's College, London and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge teaching religion and psychology from an interdisciplinary perspective. Promoting the scientific study of religion, Dr White is part of the cognitive science of religion movement.

Dr. White earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science of Religion in 2008 at Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland.


Dr White is a research psychologist with a vested interest in cognition and culture and the cognitive science of religion. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach to religon, using the approaches of the evolutionary and cognitive sciences to understand human thought and behavior, especially folk concepts of personal continuity and representations of the afterlife.


Executive Committee Member, Member at Large, International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

Research Associate, Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA), Masaryk University.


White, De Burgh, Fear & Iversen (2011). "The Impact of Deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan on Military Children: A Review of the Literature." International Review of Psychiatry, 23, 1-8.

De Burgh, White, Fear & Iversen (2011). " The Impact of Deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan on Military Families." International Review of Psychiatry, 23, 192-200.