Our research efforts are currently focused in two main directions:

First, is to help children and youth with chronic illness, and their families, live as well as possible. We therefore have broad interests including improving mental and physical health outcomes, health-related quality of life, and the beliefs, meanings and values which affect health and quality of life. Our particular interests include adherence to the daily treatments for those with cystic fibrosis, and the relationship between spiritual/religious struggles and depression.

Second, professional chaplaincy is in the early stages of becoming a “research informed” discipline in health care. Our goal is to disseminate significant findings about the use and importance of faith to those who experience brokenness and disease to clinical chaplains to inform their interventions; and to conduct and collaborate in research studies that develop theoretical models of chaplaincy and test interventions for efficacy and effectiveness.