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
- TIME magazine: "Physicians Avoid Conversations About Religion in the ICU"
- Interview with Dr. Candy Gunther Brown
- An Interview with Dr. Lydia Dugdale
- Religion and Global Health: An Interview with Dr. Susan Holman
- A Scholarly Review of the 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion
- An Interview with Student Poster Presenters from the 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion
Latest Faculty Research
- M Balboni: Religion, Spirituality, and the Hidden Curriculum: Medical Student and Faculty Reflections
- Zollfrank: Teaching Health Care Providers to Provide Spiritual Care - a pilot study
- Rodin: Whose role? Oncology practitioners' perceptions of their role in providing spiritual care to advanced cancer patients.
- Peteet: The Relationship between Medicine, Spirituality and Religion: Three Models for Integration
- Epstein-Peterson: Examining Forms of Spiritual Care Provided in the Advanced Cancer Setting
- Balboni: Nurse and Physician Barriers to Spiritual Care Provision at the End of Life
- Trevino: Negative Religious Coping and Suicidal Ideation in Advanced Illness