Spirituality, Health, and Health Disparities Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities for the Field


Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:00am to 5:00pm


Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston)

This transdisciplinary symposium engaged post-docs and faculty from diverse disciplines to address the role of spirituality and religion in health and health disparities. Panels addressed challenges in measuring spirituality; biological pathways through which spirituality may operate to affect the etiology of disease; and the effect of spirituality across diverse communities on patients’ healthcare decision-making, treatment, and outcomes. This symposium laid the groundwork for future research collaborations across Harvard Catalyst institutions and across disciplines.

Click HERE for the full agenda. 

Featured speakers included:

  • Lynn Rosenberg, ScD, MS, Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health; Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University; Principal Investigator, Black Women’s Health Study
  • Herman Taylor, MD, MPH, Director and Endowed Professor of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine; Founding Principal Investigator, Jackson Heart Study
  • Ven. Tenzin Priyadarshi, PhD, Founding Director, The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founding Director and President, Prajnopaya Institute and Foundation
  • Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician in Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD, MPH, Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Epigenetics, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Neal Krause, PhD, Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University; Dorothy and William Manealoff Foundation and Molly Rosen Chair in Social Medicine Emerita; Principal Investigator, Women's Health Initiative

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