Year at a Glance


Bringing in the Next Generation of Researchers

The IPA publishing group mentors several students and professors with limited research experience. Past and current mentees work at a variety of universities including Loma Linda University, Andrews University, Southern Adventist University, the University of Michigan, the University of Idaho, University of Tennessee, and the University of California in Los Angeles. We are pleased at the success of our younger faculty in being published in the scientific literature.

Global Church Member Survey

The IPA was awarded the 2022/2023 Global Church Member Survey. We continue analysis from the 2017-2018 and plan to present at a Session of the annual meeting of the Religious Research Association/Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Working with Church Ministries Departments

We worked with a wide variety of Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church primarily with Health Ministries as well as Family Ministries, Education, and various media. In working with these ministries, we prepare professional/scientific presentations and publications for the scientific and faith community.

Andrews University Health Risk Behavior Study

The IPA has conducted 6 of these surveys, about every 5-7 years since 1991. We are currently in the process of integrating all of separate data files into an integrated file. We will analyze this combined file to examine trends in health risk behaviors and changes in risk and protective factors.

Summer School of Addictions

The IPA will conduct a Summer School of Addictions from May 10-13.

Adventist Human Subject Researchers Association

The IPA provides leadership for the Adventist Human-Subject Researchers Association. The last meeting was held at Oakwood University in May of 2019. The next meeting is at Andrews University in 2021.

External Committees

The IPA Director Chaired a National Institutes of Health grant review committee and serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Monitoring the Future project at the University of Michigan.

Presentations at Major Scientific Conferences

A key part of our mission is to present our primary research at major scientific conferences. Presentations by IPA faculty included presentations at the:

  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Portland, Oregon. October 2021.
  • Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, March 2019, 2020, & 2021.

Recent Publications in Peer-Reviewed and Faith Based Venues

IPA researchers have published their work in a wide variety of scientific, professional, and peer reviewed journals and books covering a wide variety of disciplines. These venues included:

Publications/Presentations Read by the Scholarly Community

In the last year IPA publications have been downloaded by over 1,000 individuals in the last year according to Andrews University Digital Commons. While scholars in the United States downloaded a plurality of articles, scholars in China were second. This shows the global impact of IPA research.