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?
Latest Faculty Research
- Trevino: Negative Religious Coping and Suicidal Ideation in Advanced Illness
- Kleinman: From Illness as Culture to Caregiving as Moral Experience
- Balboni: Religious Community Spiritual Support and Associations with Medical Care at the End of Life
- Risse & Balboni:Shifting Hospital-Hospice Boundaries - historical perspectives
- Rosmarin: Religious Coping Among Psychotic Patients: relevance to suicidality and treatment outcomes
- Peteet: What is the Place of Clinicians' Spiritual Commitments in Psychotherapy?