The ACPE Research Network

The ACPE Research Network seeks to foster connections among ACPE Educators and Spiritual Care Professionals 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.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS  (updated January 8, 2018)

  • The January 2018 Article-of-the-Month reports a study of how hospice chaplains handle patients'/families' stereotypes and preconceptions of their role, with helpful insights for chaplains in other contexts.  --Also note the December 2017 article, which presents a 30-month process improvement initiative examining chaplains' spiritual assessment documentation patterns, touching on issues of chaplain training, professional development, and a culture of quality improvement in pastoral care departments.
  • Chaplains are encouraged to visit the recently created website of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare: (redirects to 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.


Vol. 16. No. 1 (Fall 2017)
  • Convener's Report on the Future of the Research Network and Its Website, by John Ehman
  • New Website from the Transforming Chaplaincy Project
  • Invitation to a Research Community of Practice
  • Chaplain Researcher Saneta Maiko at Indiana University Health, by Beth Newton Watson
  • 2018 Chaplaincy Summer Research Institute
  • CSRI --A Personal Story, by Jennifer M. Jarvis
  • Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant Recipient Report from David Hormenoo, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
  • Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant Recipient Report from Michael Doane, Fairview CPE Center and Health System, Minneapolis, MN
  • Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant Recipient Report from Michelle Oberwise-Lacock, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI (metropolitan area)
  • Review of Recent Progress in Chaplaincy-Related Research
  • 2018 Muslim Mental Health Conference in Washington, DC
  • 2018 European/British Joint Conference on Spirituality and Health



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.
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.
Annual Annotated Bibliographies of Medline-Indexed Articles on Spirituality & Health --
From John Ehman at the Penn Medicine Department of Pastoral Care. The bibliographies are issued in the late spring for articles published during the previous year.
An Invitation to Chaplaincy Research: Entering the Process --
This resource for chaplains new to research is edited by Myers, G. E with Roberts, S. (2014), is an excellent resource and is available freely through the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, which produced the it with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
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.
Some Network members have asked for personal email notifications of new posting to our Network site --
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