Spirituality and Mental Health

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 BlockJohn DenningerArthur KleinmanJohn Peteet, John KnightDavid RosmarinDavid SilbersweigTyrone Williams


Spirituality/Religion and Geriatric Mood Disorders
This project aims to investigate the relevance of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices to symptom severity in a sample of geriatric mood disordered patients.
Spiritually-Integrated Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Pilot Study
This project aims to develop a treatment manual integrating spiritual strategies to cope with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Jewish Spirituality and Mental Health: A Six-Wave Longitudinal and Experimental Study
This study aims to advance the study of Jewish spirituality and mental health with a six-wave longitudinal study involving, interview, self-report and experimental tasks to assess for spiritual and religious beliefs and practices, and mental health.