The ACPE Research Network

The ACPE Research Network seeks to foster connections among members of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education interested in research, encourage original research, and raise awareness about published research (e.g., in the health care literature and the education literature) related to spirituality, pastoral care, and Clinical Pastoral Education.

  GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS (updated July 28, 2014):

  • The Summer 2014 issue (vol. 12, no. 3) of the Newsletter includes a message from the ACPE Executive Director, a report of research by chaplains from Yale-New Haven Hospital, a "call to action" by the European Network of Healthcare Chaplaincyand a study, a link to COMISS surveys about research publications in specialized ministry, suggestions by Steve Overall, news of a new Spiritual Assessment and Spiritual Injury App, and notes of new journals and articles of interest not previously cited on our website. The Winter-Spring issue includes: a description of how research is integrated into the CPE curriculum at Saint Luke’s Health System CPE Program in Kansas City, a note of a recent Pew Research survey on "Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments," a link to a new study involving music therapists and chaplains, and news of the Muslim Chaplains Research Project in the UK.
  • The July Article-of-the-Month is a 5-year study of health outcomes of adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Also note that the June AoM is a report of the January 2013 international conference in Geneva, Switzerland: On Improving the Spiritual Dimension of Whole Person Care: The Transformational Role of Compassion, Love, and Forgiveness in Health Care. The authors present the conference's consensus definition of spirituality, Standards for Spiritual Care, and recommendations regarding research, clinical care, education, policy/advocacy, communication, and community involvement.

If you are a first-time visitor, please also note:

This web site became operational on September 1, 2002. It will continue to evolve in response to suggestions from Network members. To submit suggestions, please directly e-mail the Network's convener at All member correspondence is confirmed by return e-mail.

For the web site of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, click here.


  Contact:  Chaplain John Ehman (Network Convener) at
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