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 May 18, 2015):

  • BREAKING 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:
  • The May Article-of-the-Month reports a pilot study of a CPE-based program to teach non-chaplain healthcare professionals to integrate spiritual care into their practice. Also note especially the March AoM, which is a study completed by a CPE Residency group, with the help of a mentor, at the VA hospital in Tampa, FL. Five CPE Residents worked with an experienced researcher to investigate "Relationship with God, Loneliness, Anger, and Symptom Distress in Patients with Cancer Who Are Near the End of Life." The feature here includes students' personal reflections of their experience, which should help all CPE students better envision the potential for their own participation in publishable research with a mentor.
  • 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.

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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