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 October 20, 2014):

  • The October Article-of-the-Month examines negative religious coping and suicidal ideation in advanced cancer patients. Also, the September AoM reports associations between spiritual care providers' activities and family members' satisfaction with care after a death in an Intensive Care Unit. The feature includes a special note to the Research Network from one of the co-authors, Sean K. Doll O’Mahoney, ACPE Supervisor and Director of the Department of Spiritual Care at Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA), about his experience of participating in this research.
  • Chaplain Gerald M. Gundersen, at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, has offered to our Network a brief article about "Helping Mental Health Patients Heal Through Forgiveness," which he describes as "an effort to link pastoral care with applied research through an individual case study methodology." Chaplain Gunderson has long been a supporter of spiritual care research, and he brings a research-mindedness generally to his work. The piece has been appended to the Related Items of Interest section of the May 2010 Article-of-the-Month regarding forgiveness.
  • The Fall Newsletter should be posted in early November. The Summer 2014 Newsletter (vol. 12, no. 3) 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 Chaplaincy, 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.

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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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