Craig N. Shealy, Ph.D.

Craig N. Shealy, Ph.D., is Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University and Executive Director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI).  Dr. Shealy works with the IBAVI’s Executive and Advisory Boards to lead and coordinate a wide range of scholarly, educational, and service projects, activities, and partnerships with individuals and organizations in the United States and internationally (

Dr. Shealy is the author of Making Sense of Beliefs and Values: A World of Views – a proposal for a documentary series which examines the nature, origins, and implications of beliefs and values both historically and currently – and has served as Senior Advisor to MacNeil/Lehrer Productions on the development of this project. He also is founding Editor-in-Chief of Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature, an international and interdisciplinary journal, which features refereed articles by a wide range of contributors from around the world.

Dr. Shealy’s research on the etiology, maintenance, and transformation of beliefs and values – explicated through Equilintegration Theory, the EI Self, and Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI) – has been featured in a variety of publications and scholarly forums in the United States and internationally including Making Sense of Beliefs and Values (forthcoming, Springer Publishing) as well as invited presentations at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Bombay, India, Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia, and Centre for the Sociology of Culture at Kazan State University, Russia. The BEVI also was selected as the quantitative measure for two grants through the U.S. Department of Education (total award, $582,784) as well as the Forum BEVI Project, which assesses the processes and outcomes of international learning through a consortium of universities, colleges, and study abroad providers in the United States ( 

Dr. Shealy is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy, a Madison Scholar at James Madison University, a Nehru Chair at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a National Register Legacy of Excellence Psychologist.