Collaborative session at ISU to focus on health, religion and spirituality

March 26 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- The Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality is hosting a day-long session aimed at increasing collaborative work at Indiana State University on topics related to health, religion and spirituality.

The focus of the event is to provide a forum for ISU faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to discover and discuss the research and scholarship being done on campus, as well as to encourage additional collaborations among students and faculty who are interested in health, religion and spirituality.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 4, in Hulman Memorial Student Union Dede II. Lunch will be provided.

Among the presentations will be brief reports by Jean Kristeller, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality, on her work on applying mindfulness meditation to obesity, and on ways to address spiritual concerns of patients in cancer care; Tom Johnson, professor of psychology, will present on his work on spirituality and addictions; Patrick Bennett, assistant professor of psychology, will present on his work on the psychological effects of prayer. David Howard, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, will present on links with The Maple Center for Integrative and Maternal Health. Drs. Roy Geib and Margaret Moga, from the Indiana University School of Medicine • Terre Haute Center, will present on work on alternative medicine, tai chi and energy healing.

From 11:30 a.m. • 12:30 p.m., William Hathaway, from Regent University in Virginia, will speak on “Taking Religion and Spirituality Seriously in Research and Practice.” Hathaway also will target professionals across human services disciplines during a talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 3) in HMSU 307.

The Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality was founded in 2003 at ISU with support from the university; the department of psychology; and the Metanexus Institute, a non-sectarian foundation based in Philadelphia, with the mission of supporting communication about links between religion and science. In 2006, the center was recognized by ISU as a Program of Regional Distinction by an initiative funded in part by the Lilly Endowment to recognize ISU's most prominent programs.

Faculty or students interested in presenting one or more posters or making an oral presentation about their work or interests, should contact David Howard, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, at dhoward10@isugw.indstate.edu or Tom Johnson, professor of psychology, at tjohnson1@isugw.indstate.edu by March 28.

Those who wish to attend without presenting should also pre-register by March 28.

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Contact: David Howard, Indiana State University, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, at 812-237-2188 or at dhoward10@isugw.indstate.edu

Tom Johnson, Indiana State University, professor of psychology, at 812-237-2449 or at tjohnson1@isugw.indstate.edu

Jean Kristeller, Indiana State University, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality, at 812-237-2467 or at jkristeller@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@indstate.edu

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The Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality is hosting a day-long session aimed at increasing collaborative work at Indiana State University on topics related to health, religion and spirituality.

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