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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 9/15/18

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 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 items (below) filed on 3/11/18 and 8/8/18.


The September Article-of-the-Month presents a qualitative study of of Veterans Administration chaplains' understandings of, and interventions related to, moral injury.  --Also note: the August selection reports efforts at the Birmingham Children's Hospital in the United Kingdom to expand and adapt the Advocate taxonomy as "the first step in a process to help...develop a bespoke pediatric electronic recording tool...." And, the July feature looks at factors predicting burnout among chaplains.


RESEARCH NEWS, 2018  (vol. 17)



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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