Texas Tech University

Jon R. Webb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, ADRS Program Director
Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies

Email: Jon.R.Webb@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2265

Office: CCRC 202

Jon R. Webb, Ph.D.

Research Interests

The focus of Dr. Webb's research is on the association of spirituality with health.  Most of his work to date is in the context of the association of multidimensional forgiveness with addiction and recovery.  Although much of his work is applied, he is also involved in theory and measure development.  Regarding theory development, he is focused on: 1) understanding the mechanisms of association of the relationship between forgiveness and addiction/recovery (e.g., Existangst, or emotionally struggling with affirming one's meaningful existence), 2) multidimensional spirituality (i.e. the RiTE Model of Spirituality; Ritualistic, Theistic, and Existential Spirituality), and 3) the deliberate and explicit incorporation of spirituality into the psychology of temptation.  Regarding measure development, he is focused on multidimensional measures of spirituality, forgiveness, and temptation.  

Areas of Expertise:

Spirituality and Health: Ritualistic, Theistic, and Existential Spirituality; Forgiveness; Temptation; Psychache;
Existangst; Addiction and Recovery; Medical Rehabilitation; Suicidal Behavior;
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Classes Taught


Webb, J. R., Bumgarner, D., Conway-Williams, E., Dangel, T., & Hall, B. B. (in press). A consensus definition of self-forgiveness:
Implications for assessment and treatment. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. doi: 10.1037/scp0000138

Krentzman, A. R., Webb, J. R., Jester, J. M., & Harris, J. I. (in press). Longitudinal relationship between forgiveness of self and forgiveness
of others among individuals with alcohol use disorders. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. doi: 10.1037/rel0000152

Dangel, T., & Webb, J. R. (in press). Spirituality and psychological pain: The mediating role of social support. Mental Health, Religion &
Culture. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2017.1345880

Webb, J. R., Toussaint, L. L., & Hirsch, J. K. (in press). Self-forgiveness, addiction, and recovery. In L. Woodyatt, E. L. Worthington, Jr.,
M. Wenzel, & B. J. Griffin (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of self-forgiveness (pp. ###–###). NY: Springer.

Webb, J. R., Hirsch, J. K., & Toussaint, L. (2015). Forgiveness as a positive psychotherapy for addiction and suicide: Theory, research,
and practice. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2(1), 48-60. doi: 10.1037/scp0000054

Webb, J. R., & Jeter, B. R. (2015). Forgiveness and problematic substance use. In L. L. Toussaint, E. L. Worthington, Jr., & D. R. Williams
(Eds.), Forgiveness and health: Scientific evidence and theories relating forgiveness to better health (pp. 139-154). NY: Springer. doi:

Webb, J. R. (2014). Incorporating spirituality into the psychology of temptation: Conceptualization, measurement, and clinical implications.
Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1(3), 231-241. doi: 10.1037/scp0000028

Webb, J. R., Toussaint, L., & Dula, C. S. (2014). Ritualistic, theistic, and existential spirituality: Initial psychometric qualities of the RiTE
measure of spirituality. Journal of Religion & Health, 53(4), 972-985. doi: 10.1007/s10943-013-9697-y

Webb, J. R., Phillips, T. D., Bumgarner, D., & Conway-Williams, E. (2013). Forgiveness, mindfulness, and health. Mindfulness, 4(3),
235-245. doi: 10.1007/s12671-012-0119-0

Nsamenang, S. A., Webb, J. R., Cukrowicz, K. C., & Hirsch, J. K. (2013). Depressive symptoms and interpersonal needs as mediators
of forgiveness and suicidal behavior among rural primary care patients. Journal of Affective Disorders, 149(1), 282-290. doi: