An Interfaculty Initiative across Harvard University
The Initiative aims to be a research catalyst for an integrated model of spirituality, public health and patient care, one that fosters collaboration across Harvard University, and dialogue with spiritual communities. In light of the separation between body and soul within contemporary healthcare, the Initiative upholds stringent scientific and social-scientific methods of analysis, followed by interdisciplinary teams of empirical researchers, scholars, and theologians, based within a line of inquiry that seeks understanding of spirit, mind, and body. The program is oriented around the question:
How may religion and spirituality in concert with public health and the practice of medicine alleviate illness and promote human well-being?
Conversations and Reflections
- Research Assistant Alexandra Nichipor Honored by Alma Mater
- Harvard Magazine: Connecting Body and Soul
- Huffington Post: The Case For Incorporating Spiritual Care In Medicine
- An Interview with Dr. Abraham Nussbaum
- Science of Connectedness: Blog by Summer 2016 Intern Sarah Koss
- Media Outlets: "Association of Religious Service Attendance with Mortality Among Women"
- TIME magazine: "Physicians Avoid Conversations About Religion in the ICU"
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Latest Faculty Research
- Balboni: U.S. Clergy Religious Values and Relationships to End-of-Life Discussions and Care
- VanderWeele: A Course on Religion and Public Health at Harvard
- Mitchell: Developing a Medical School Curriculum for Psychological, Moral, and Spiritual Wellness: Student and Faculty Perspectives
- Li: Religious Service Attendance and Lower Depression Among Women—a Prospective Cohort Study
- VanderWeele: Religiosity and telomere length: One step forward, one step back
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