Joseph Z.T. Pieper (1953) studied cultural psychology and psychology of religion at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He received his PhD in psychology on a study on religious motivation for marrying in church. He works as an assistant professor in psychology of religion and pastoral psychology at the Department of Theology at Utrecht University and at the Catholic Theological University Utrecht, the Netherlands. Dr. Pieper has a long standing interest in research on religion and (mental) health and religious coping in mental health institutions. He also did research on the psychosocial effects of religious rituals, like pilgrimage, funerals and church weddings. He has been working on these subjects together with dr. Van Uden for almost two decades.
Marinus H.F. van Uden (1952) studied clinical psychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He received his PhD in psychology on a study on the role of religion in grief. He was also trained as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (psychoanalysis and cognitive behaviour therapy) and maintains a psychotherapy practice in Heerlen, the Netherlands. He works as an associate professor in psychology of religion at the Department of Cultural and Personality Psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen. Since 1994 he was also appointed professor in clinical psychology of religion at the Theological Faculty of Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Dr. Van Uden has a long standing interest in research on religion, pilgrimage, individual rituals and mental health.