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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 7/14/18

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
The newly-established ACPE Research Committee began meeting in the winter-spring of 2018 to discuss overall plans and the elements of its charge from the ACPE Board. For more information, see the Research News report from 3/11/18.


The July Article-of-the-Month looks at factors predicting burnout among chaplains.  --Also note: In a departure from our usual practice of highlighting the latest published research, the June feature presents two older articles that may help ACPE members think about the challenge of investigating the effect/effectiveness of CPE.


RESEARCH NEWS, 2018  (vol. 17)



  • Chaplain Research Fellowship position now open at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, OH), for the period 9/4/18 to 8/31/19. Information available HERE.
  • The Annual Annotated Bibliography of Medline-Indexed Articles on Spirituality & Health, compiled by John Ehman at the Penn Medicine Department of Pastoral Care, is now out for publications during 2017. This selection of 222 articles indicates the great scope of the current literature and may be downloaded via
  • 2018 Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute registration is still open for the July 23-27, 2018 program at the Boston University School of Theology (Boston, MA). The CSRI is for chaplains who are looking to develop modest projects to advance their understanding of chaplaincy-related issues and practices or who are interested in leading quality improvement projects. News items about the CRSI were part of our Fall 2017 Network Newsletter, including a personal story of a participant. More information is available from the Transforming Chaplaincy website. Registration will be limited to 30.


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.
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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