Featured Survey: Understanding Nontheistic Communities Measuring the wellbeing and attitudes of nontheistic people who belong to communities.

A note from the AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt: I hope you’ll participate in this important study with the potential to dispel negative myths about humanists and other nontheists.

My name is Dennis Apker and I am a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Detroit Mercy. For my dissertation study, I am attempting to reexamine some of the existing literature that posits religious people fare better on measures of wellbeing than non-theists. A fundamental flaw of these previous studies is that they have compared religious people to non-religious people without distinguishing whether the non-religious belonged to a non-theistic community (e.g., a humanist or atheist group).

Therefore, I am working on a study now that measures wellbeing and attitudes of non-theistic people who belong to communities. Your help in this study would be greatly appreciated. Please go to the following link and complete the study, which takes just about a half hour:


It is intended that your help in this process will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the role of community, especially non-theistic communities. Furthermore, by participating you will have a chance to enter a raffle for a $20 Amazon gift card!

Thank you very much, and please do not hesitate to contact me at apkerdp@udmercy.edu if you have any questions.

Take the survey here!