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 April 15, 2014):

  • Support the Research Network by using our Membership Form.
  • The Rush Research Article Summary Outline, a resource used by George Fitchett and Patricia Murphy in teaching research literacy, is now available as a PDF and Word document. It has also been added to our page of resources for Incorporating Research into CPE.
  • The Winter-Spring 2014 issue of the Newsletter has been posted, including 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 another installment of "Five Questions I Wish Research Would Address," this time contributed by John J. Gleason. Plus, there are notices of upcoming research workshops and our Network's annual business meeting, along with news of the Muslim Chaplains Research Project in the UK. Also, the Fall 2013 issue included news of a Rand Corporation report about "spiritual fitness," the availability of presentations from a conference on "Interdisciplinary Applications from Spirituality & Health Research," and a new journal on Spirituality in Clinical Practice.
  • The April Article-of-the-Month presents a focus-group study of chaplains about the use of prayer with patients/families in a multi-faith hospital setting. It should spur good discussion of an important topic. Also note, the March AoM gives an overview of research methodology in terms of study designs and the bases for making causal inferences.
  • The "Knowledge Base of Spiritual Care Samples" which has been developed through the Spiritual Care Initiative for Professional Excellence [formerly the Ideal Intervention Paper (IIP) Project], is now in the process of being printed as a four volume set by Judson Press. For the latest information, see the revised SCIPE page.
  • Opportunity: Open Position for Director of Spiritual Care & ACPE Program at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine: Seattle, WA. DESCRIPTION: As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and serves a mission population for King County. Our institution is a great place for a research-interested supervisor, with opportunities to collaborate with physicians on projects. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The CPE Program has an educational placement at the University of Washington Medical Center. REQUIREMENTS: Full certification as Supervisor by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Minimum five years of experience in pastoral care in healthcare setting. Three years of management/leadership experience. Experience working with vulnerable populations and diverse communities, academic and/or public hospital settings highly desired. For questions contact Sean Doll O’Mahoney at or Maria Kim (recruiter) at To apply for req# 97446, visit EO/AA Employer.



Materials from the workshop, "Teaching Research Literacy in CPE: Current Models and Practical Options" (presented at the 2013 national ACPE conference):

Also, see the sample of program syllabi for Model Practices for Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education, and other resources from our section on Incorporating Research into CPE (including a presentation about the Spiritual Pathways Project, by Paul Derrickson and Angie van Hise, mentioned during the workshop).


  • Internet addresses often change, and one of the challenges of maintaining a site like ours is to keep all of the links on our many pages updated. Members, please e-mail if you encounter difficulties with linked sites.

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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