Vassilis Saroglou

Vassilis Saroglou is full professor of psychology at the University of Louvain, Belgium. Born in Athens (1966), he studied religion, philosophy, and psychology and realized his PhD in psychology (UCLouvain, 1999). He has been a Fulbright postdoc researcher at William & Mary, Virginia (1999), visiting scholar at Arizona State University (2009) and New York University (2017), and visiting professor at several European Universities.  

His research ( is focused on the understanding of religion, fundamentalism, spirituality, and atheism from personality, social, cross-cultural, and moral psychology, as well as psychology of emotions. He has developed long-term empirical research on theoretically and socially critical issues, including on how (ir)religion interferes with:

  • prosocial behavior, submission, 
  • personality traits, values, and the deontology vs. consequentialism moral conflict,
  • awe, humor, sexuality, and birth order 
  • ethnoreligious prejudice, homophobia, sexism, 
  • identities, acculturation, and cultural differences between monotheisms and between West and East

With his collaborators, he has published 130 scientific publications, including in top journals of the respective fields and the edited volume Religion, Personality, and Social Behavior (Psychology Press, 2014). His research has been cited across and beyond psychological disciplines and has been commented in media and press in 20 countries, including Scientific American Mind, Huffington Post, The Independent, and Politico.

For his work, he received scientific distinctions from APA-American Psychological Association Division 36 (Early Career Award, Mentoring Award, William James Award), APS-American Psychological Science (Fellow), and SPSP-Society for Personality and Social Psychology (Fellow), as well as from EAPP-European Association of Personality Psychology (Mid-Career Award), IAPR-International Association for the Psychology of Religion (Godin Prize), and AISR-Académie international des sciences religieuses (Fellow). Finally, he has served as President of the IAPR and the AISR, and as Associate editor and Co-Editor of the IJPR-International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.