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Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.

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Professor of Psychology

Phone: (423) ***-****  HQ Phone
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Internationalle Gesellschaft Für Religionpsychologie
  • Cofounder
    International Journal for the Psychology of Religion


  • joint doctorate , Sociology and Psychology
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Serpents don't get tamed," says ..., 11 Oct 2013 [cached]
Serpents don't get tamed," says Ralph Hood, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, who has documented hundreds of hours of serpent handling over 25 years. Having said that, Hood says he has brought herpetologists to services to try and understand why it is that handlers can pick up reptiles with impunity, even walk on them barefoot, and receive so few snake bites.
"All I know is that these people do handle [snakes], and most of the time they are not bit, and they can do what scientists think is not likely. Nobody has a good explanation," he says.
Ralph Hood, a religion ..., 1 June 2012 [cached]
Ralph Hood, a religion professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, saw Wolford bitten by a copperhead about six years ago.
Wolford and others prefer to be called "serpent handlers" as a reflection of Scripture, and Hood said his friend would want people to remember him as "a Christian who was living his beliefs and being obedient.
But Hood said the serpent-handling tradition remains scattered throughout the region, from Alabama to Ohio to New York. Its popularity waxes and wanes with the passing of generations, and it is currently seeing a resurgence of sorts.
"It tends to be transmitted through families, and as these young kids mature, the tradition grows and becomes strong again," he said.
RALPH HOOD, University ..., 15 Dec 2011 [cached]
RALPH HOOD, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
RALPH HOOD, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Ralph Hood is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has a long-standing interest in the empirical study of religion. His research has focused upon religious experience, especially mystical experience. In addition, he continues extensive fieldwork on the serpent handling holiness sects of Appalachia. He is a past president of the Psychology of Religion division of APA and a recipient of the William James award from that division. He was involved in the creation of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion , where he served as Book Review Editor and also as Co-editor. He is a past Editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion . He is currently a board member of the Internationalle Gesellschaft Für Religionpsychologie.
Ralph Hood, a psychology and ..., 5 July 2012 [cached]
Ralph Hood, a psychology and religion professor at the University of Tennessee, said there were more than 100 documented cases of serpent bite-related deaths. He said the Bible does ask people to take up serpents, but does not guarantee they won't be bitten.
Spirituality Attacked to Undermine the Truth!, 22 Mar 2011 [cached]
The main difference between a prophet and a psychopath, says Ralph Hood, who teaches psychology of religion at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, is "whether or not [they] can get followers."
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