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This site provides current information about ACPE's Research Community of Practice (CoP), the ACPE Research Committee, the Research Article-of-the-Month, and Research News, along with the complete archive (2002-2018) of material from the previous ACPE Research Network; promoting research literacy and original studies pertinent to spiritual care and education.

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Site updated 12/11/18

RESEARCH COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (CoP)  -- Michael Doane, Convener
The ACPE Research CoP is presently under formation. "As other organizations are educating chaplains about research, the ACPE Research Community of Practice will assist in educating the educators of those becoming chaplains and faith leaders in the community." See the Research CoP Information Page for more, or email To join, go to the "My ACPE" section of the ACPE website (, select "My Communities," scroll to find "Research CoP," and click on the link; then click "Follow Community."


ACPE RESEARCH COMMITTEE  -- Judy Ragsdale, Chair
This Board-level committee began meeting in 2018 to help guide the ACPE regarding research beneficial to the organization. See the ACPE Research Committee Information Page of this site.


The December Article-of-the-Month explores the role of spirituality and/or religion in the coping of surrogate decision-makers for hospitalized older adults. Lead author and research chaplain at Indiana University Health, Saneta Maiko, has offered personal comments to readers as part of our feature.  --Also note: The November Article-of-the-Month looks back at insights from the Religion and Spirituality in Cancer Care (RSCC) study and aims to provide an in-depth account of patients' experiences of spirituality within advanced illness.


RESEARCH NEWS, 2018  (vol. 17)



  • Chaplains Joel Berning and Emilee Walker-Cornetta at New York Presbyterian Hospital have received an APC/Transforming Chaplaincy Pilot Grant to develop and test a set of culturally-tailored statements -- in 20 languages -- to help chaplains introduce their role to patients and families with limited English proficiency and invite pastoral conversation through an interpreter. They are presently seeking chaplains or chaplain-allied consultants who are fluent speakers of the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Hindi, Farsi, Italian, Gujarati, Urdu, and Khmer. If you would be interested in participating in this project, or know of someone who might be, please contact Joel Berning at


Transforming Chaplaincy ( --
The revised Transforming Chaplaincy website launched on November 16, 2017, reflecting its expanded function as an international hub for information about chaplaincy research, including a very informative newsletter.
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab ( --
This online think-tank for spiritual care research, education, and practice across all sectors of the profession, bringing together national leaders in theological education, social science, American religious history, clinical education, and professional chaplaincy to gather, foster and share rigorous academic research about the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings.
Rush Research Article Summary Outline --
This PDF resource (also available as a Word document) is used by George Fitchett and Patricia Murphy in teaching research literacy.
An Invitation to Chaplaincy Research: Entering the Process --
This book for chaplains new to research is edited by Myers, G. E with Roberts, S. (2014) and is an excellent resource, available freely through the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, which produced it with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare --
The ERICH is an initiative of the European Network of Healthcare Chaplains (ENHCC) and is hosted by the Academic Centre for Practical Theology (ACPT) in KU Leuven, Belgium.
Spiritual Health Victoria's Review of Literature --
This 88-page 80 pp. resource speaks to how spiritual care is provided by chaplains. It addresses spiritual care interventions and outcomes, how spiritual care is measured and reported, and the relationship between spiritual care providers and other healthcare staff. Though created as part of a project with La Trobe University, with Australian chaplaincy especially in mind, it is broadly relevant. It is linked to the Research page of the Spiritual Health Victoria website.
Knowledge Base of Spiritual Care Samples --
This collection of 395 samples of best practice interventions was developed through the Spiritual Care Initiative for Professional Excellence [formerly the Ideal Intervention Paper (IIP) Project] and posted on our site until 2012. It is now available in print as a four volume set from Judson Press: The Pastoral Caregiver's Casebook series, edited by John J. Gleason.
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