Joshua Grubbs

Assistant Professor 
Department of Psychology

B.S. Liberty University, 2010

M.A. Case Western Reserve University, 2012

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 2016

Pre-doctoral Internship:  Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center

Phone: (419) 372-2045

Email:  grubbsj@bgsu.edu

Office: 246 Psychology

Research Interests:

My research falls primarily into three domains: the psychology of religion and spirituality, the psychology of human sexuality, and the psychology of addiction.  With regards to religion and spirituality, I have a particular interest in the religious and spiritual struggles, crises of faith, religiously based moral emotions, feelings of doubt or exit from faith, and the role of personality in shaping religious and spiritual experiences.  With regards to the psychology of human sexuality, I am very interested in the role that technology plays in shaping human sexual behaviors. To this end, I have a number of ongoing research projects examining internet pornography use and online sexuality.  Finally, in regards to addiction, I have past and ongoing projects related to perceived addiction to internet pornography, hypersexual behavior more broadly, and pathological gambling.

Taking Grad Students? Yes 

Sponsoring Undergraduate Research? Yes

Selected Publications:

Grubbs, J. B. & Exline, J. J. (2016) Trait Entitlement: A Cognitive-Personality Source of Vulnerability to Psychological Distress.  Psychological Bulletin, 142. 1204-1226

Wilt, J. A., Grubbs, J. B., Exline, J. J., & Pargament, K. I. (2016). The Big Five, Religious and Spiritual Struggles, and Well-Being. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 527.

Wilt, J. A., Stauner, N., Lindberg, M. J., Grubbs, J. B., Exline, J. J., & Pargament, K. I. (2017). Struggle with ultimate meaning: Nuanced associations with search for meaning, presence of meaning, and mental health. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1-12.

Grubbs, J. B., Exline, J. J., Pargament, K. I., Volk, F., & Lindberg, M. (2016). Internet Pornography Use, Perceived Addiction, and Religious/Spiritual Struggles. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Online first.

Wilt, J. A., Grubbs, J. B., Pargament, K. I., & Exline, J. J. (2016). Religious and Spiritual Struggles, Past and Present: Relations to the Big Five and Well-Being. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Online first.

Grubbs, J. B., Wilt, J., Stauner, N., Exline, J. J., & Pargament, K. I. (2016). Self, struggle, and soul: Linking personality, self-concept, and religious/spiritual struggle. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 144-152.

Grubbs, J. B., Stauner, N., Exline, J. J., Pargament, K. I., & Lindberg, M. J. (2015) Perceived addiction to Internet pornography and psychological distress: Examining relationships concurrently and over time. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 1056-1067.

Grubbs, J. B., Volk, F., Exline J. J., & Pargament, K. I. (2015) Internet pornography use: Perceived addiction, psychological distress, and the validation of a short measure.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41, 83-106.

Grubbs, J. B., Exline, J. J., Pargament, K. I., Hook, J. N., & Carlisle, R. (2015) Transgression as addiction: Religiosity and moral disapproval as predictors of perceived addiction to pornography. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 125-136.

Hook, J. N., Farrell, J. E., Davis, D. E., Van Tongeren, D. R., Griffin, B. J., Grubbs, J. B., Penberthy, J. K., & Bedics, J. D. (2015). Self-forgiveness and hypersexual behavior. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 22, 59-70.

Twenge, J., Exline, J. J., Grubbs, J. B., Sastry, R., & Campbell, W. K. (2015) Generational differences in American adolescents’ religious orientation, 1966-2013. PLoS One.

Grubbs, J. B. & Exline, J. J. (2014) Humbling yourself before God: Humility as a reliable negative predictor of spiritual struggle.  The Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42, 41-49.

Exline, J. J., Pargament, K. I., Grubbs, J. B., and Yali, A. (2014) The Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale: Development and initial validation. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6. 208-222.

Grubbs, J.B., Exline, J.J., and Campbell, W. K. (2013) “I deserve better, and God knows it!” Psychological entitlement as a robust predictor of anger at God. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5, 192-200.

Courses Taught:

PSYC 4150. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

PSYC 6150. Psychotherapy Team