What is the relationship between spirituality and mental health?
Little is understood about the relationship between spirituality and religion as it intersects with mental health and illness. The project aims to explore the neurophysiological mechanisms that may serve as causal pathways mediating spirituality and religious experience. The project also seeks to better characterize the intersection of religious experience and mental disorders—such as the phenomenon of hyper-religiosity and mental illness—culminating in educational processes that can assist clinicians and religious communities in identifying and most aptly supporting those experiencing mental illness. (See prior publications).
Faculty: Susan Block, John Denninger, Arthur Kleinman, John Peteet, John Knight, David Rosmarin, David Silbersweig, Tyrone Williams