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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 5/17/20

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 Research Community of Practice is a forum for information sharing and potential collaboration focused on research related to CPE education as well as methods for including research into CPE curriculum. 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." For more information, email


Two Articles-of-the-Month have been selected for May: the first is a traditional selection about chaplaincy practice, specifically regarding challenges and facilitating factors for care of families of ICU patients, but the second one is a pre-proof article from the latest in the developing stream of publications specifically about COVID-19. This should give professional chaplains and CPE programs a choice for discussion.  --Also note: The April AOTM is an unusual selection for an extraordinary time: a very brief reflection from the days of the SARS epidemic that should stir thought about present-day research possibilities in the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the direction of case studies and chaplains' self-observations. The write-up here includes comments by George H. Grant, Executive Director of Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare, as he and the staff at Emory were among those at the forefront of a chaplaincy response to the Ebola outbreak in the fall of 2014.



  • Quantitative Research for Chaplains and Health Care Professionals: A Primer has recently been published by Kevin J. Flannelly, Laura T. Flannelly and Katherine R. B. Jankowski. This compilation of ten articles from the Research Methodology section of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy takes readers from very basic research concepts, such as "causality" and "variables," to the application of different types of statistical analyses. Full information can be found on the Routledge publishing website.


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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