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The 2nd Cohort of Chaplain Research Fellows Selected

APC Forum, June 2017, Vol. 19 No.4
The Transforming Chaplaincy (TC) project selected the second group of eight chaplain research fellows. These fellowships provide support to chaplains while they earn two-year, research-focused Master of Science or Master of Public Health degrees in epidemiology or biostatistics at an accredited school of public health.
The new fellows and the schools they will be attending are Rev. Marta Dabis, MS, MBA, University of Michigan, School of Public Health; Cate Michelle Desjardins, MDiv, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine; Rev. Paul Galchutt, MDiv, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health; Kristin Godlin, MDiv, STM,  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Department of Kinesiology and Community Health; Rev. Dirk Labuschagne, MDiv, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health; Saneta Maiko, PhD, MS, Indiana University, School of Medicine; Rev. Shelley Varner Perez, MDiv, Oregon Health & Science, University and Portland State University, School of Public Health; Rev. Petra Wahnefried, MDiv, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health.
Further information about the two cohorts of research fellows can be found HERE. The first cohort of eight fellows successfully completed the first year of their degree programs May 2017. The second cohort of eight fellows will begin their programs this fall.
The chaplain research fellowships are one of the three components of the TC project funded by grants of $4.5M from the John Templeton Foundation with additional support from the major professional chaplaincy and pastoral education organizations (Association of Professional Chaplains, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, National Association of Catholic Chaplains and Neshama – Association of Jewish Chaplains). The aim of the project is to equip hospital chaplains to use research to guide, evaluate, and advocate for the spiritual care they provide.
The second TC component is an online course, Religion, Spirituality and Health: An Introduction to Research, accessible to members of the four professional chaplaincy organizations. The course will be offered at no cost through Virginia Commonwealth University.TC’s third component includes development grants to be awarded to 70 Association for Clinical Pastoral Education-accredited clinical pastoral education residency programs to support incorporation of research education in their curricula.
The sixteen chaplain research fellows will gather at a kickoff conference in Chicago from July 19-21. The conference will allow the fellows to meet one another and the members of the project Advisory Committee, all leading figures in research about religion and health and spiritual care. The goal of the conference is to continue building a network of people who, in the coming years, will collaborate to advance chaplaincy-research.
The TC project is co-led by George Fitchett, PhD, Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health & Human Values, Rush University Medical Center and Wendy Cadge, PhD, Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. More information is available at the project website:
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