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
- Alexandra Nichipor: Religion and the BRCA Mutation
- Tyler VanderWeele: Is Forgiveness a Public Health Issue?
- Michael Balboni: Should Physicians Pray With Patients?
- Tyler VanderWeele: Do Religious People Live Longer?
- Gloria White-Hammond: Church Spurs Parishioners To Plan For Illness And Death
- IHRS in the News: Quest for a Peaceful Death
- Cancer and Spirituality in the Czech Republic: An Interview with Katerina Vackova
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Latest Faculty Research
- Balboni: State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research
- Tyler VanderWeele: On the promotion of human flourishing
- Sanders: Seeking and Accepting: U.S. Clergy Theological and Moral Perspectives Informing Decision Making at the End of Life
- 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