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 June 14, 2015):

  • NEWS: Grants Totaling $4,500,000 to Boost Hospital Chaplains' Research Literacy. See announcements from Rush University Medical Center and Brandeis University, and check out the project website:
  • June's Articles-of-the-Month are a pair of reports from ongoing research at the Mayo Clinic on chaplain-led spiritual life review for patients with brain cancers and progressive neurologic conditions. The principal author is Katherine M. Piderman, Coordinator for Research in the Department of Chaplain Services, and the study involves a number of department members. Also, note especially other recent Articles-of-the-Month: The May AoM highlights a pilot study of a CPE-based program to teach non-chaplain healthcare professionals to integrate spiritual care into their practice, and the March AoM, features a study completed by a CPE Residency group with the help of a mentor, at the VA hospital in Tampa, FL. Five of the students additionally offer personal reflections of their experience of the project.
  • The Spring 2015 Newsletter includes a notice of ACPE's 2015 Critical Thinking in Research and Innovation Award to Judith R. Ragsdale, Results of a Survey to APC and ACPE Members Concerning Chaplain Vacancies and CPE Supervisor Vacancies Filled Over the Past Three Years, the announcement of the publication of the Pastoral Caregiver's Casebook Series (which grew out of the Spiritual Care Initiative for Professional Excellence, and an article on the New Research Standards for Certification in the NACC, along with information on conferences, workshops and scholarships. A reminder, too, that the Fall 2014 Newsletter features the announcement of the creation of a Joint Research Council by the APC, and the publication of a new handbook: An Invitation to Chaplaincy Research: Entering the Process, available online from the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network; as well as Gordon Hilsman's "Five Questions I Wish Research Would Address," a study from the Catholic Health Association on health hare executives' and clinicians' views on chaplaincy, a follow-up report on an Irish study of the impact of stillbirths on chaplains, and an update on a previously announced study of the effects of religious symbols on brain function.

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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.

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  Contact:  Chaplain John Ehman (Network Convener) at
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