Keynote speaker: Kenneth I Pargament

Tuesday, 22.08.2016, 9:00am

Culturally-Integrated Religious Coping: Advances from 30 Years of Research and Clinical Practice

It has been 20 years since the publication of the Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and the study of religious coping continues to be one of the dominant areas of attention in the field. This presentation will review recent advances in research and practice in the area of religion and coping. Prominent among these is the knowledge that has been gained from the growing number of investigations that go beyond Christian samples in the U. S. to focus on a more diverse set of samples drawn from other religious traditions and cultural contexts. This presentation will highlight the areas of convergence and divergence that are emerging from this body of study, consider the implications of these findings for culturally-sensitive practice, and identify promising topics for further research.


Dr Kenneth Pargament is a Ph. D. in clinical psychology and professor emeritus of psychology at Bowling Green State University, and adjunct professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Baylor College of Medicine. He served as Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Pargament has been a leading figure in the movement toward an integrated biopsychosociospiritual approach to health and well-being. He has published over 275 articles on religion, spirituality, and health, and authored The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. Dr. Pargament is Editor-in-Chief of the 2013 two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. He received the William James Award for excellence in research from Division 36 of the American Psychological Association in 1987, the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in 2010, the National Samaritan Center Award in 2012, the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2015, and an honorary doctor-of-letters from Pepperdine University in 2013.