Transforming Chaplaincy is a think tank with a mission to promote research literacy in chaplaincy to improve patient outcomes.

By integrating contemporary scholarship into ongoing practice,chaplains can provide better care, educators can prepare chaplains to be more effective in their work, and healthcare administrators and professionals can drive effective institutional change. Our resources give these groups the tools they need to transform chaplaincy in their institutions.


Thinking of all of you in the context of the pandemic.

Our partners at CIL, APC, ACPE, NACC, NAJC, and AMC have assembled resources which might of benefit to your invaluable work at this critical time

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab – Coronavirus Resources

APC Coronavirus Resources

ACPE COVID-19 Resources

NACC Coronavirus Resources

NAJC Coronavirus Resources

AMC Coronavirus Resources


Religiousness and Vaccine Hesitancy: Implication for Faith Leaders and Chaplains

Free Webinar: Tuesday, February 16th, at 3:00PM (EST) 2:00PM (CST)

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A recent study* found that greater religiousness was associated with lower intention to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The investigators suggest, “Highly religious individuals [may] trust informal informational sources whose contents may be dominated by anti-COVID-19 vaccination messages.” This webinar will examine the findings from the study in light of other research about religion and health behavior and consider the implications of this research for faith leaders and chaplains.

Ayokunle (Ayo) Olagoke is a doctoral candidate at the Division of Community Health Sciences at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). Her research interest is centered around understanding and designing interventions to promote safe vaccination among under-represented groups. She is an integral member of the Chicago Contact Tracing and vaccination corps. She is also a Research Scientist at the VA health administration, Hines.

Saneta Maiko, Chief Mission Strategist for Indiana United Methodist Conference

Rev. Mishca Smith, MDiv, BCC, Staff Chaplain, Rush University Medical Center

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC, HEC-C
Program Manager & Clinical Ethicist, Medical Ethics
Research Chaplain, Spiritual Care & Education
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

*Olagoke AA, Olagoke OO, Hughes AM. Intention to Vaccinate Against the Novel 2019 Coronavirus Disease: The Role of Health Locus of Control and Religiosity. J Relig Health. 2020 Oct 30:1–16. doi: 10.1007/s10943-020-01090-9. Epub ahead of print.

What happened to Chaplains during the Pandemic? An International Perspective

Free Webinar: Monday, February 22nd, at 11:00AM (EST) 10:00AM (CST)

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In June 2020 over 1,500 chaplains from 36 countries responded to a survey, conducted by researchers from ERICH, about changes in their spiritual care as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The chaplains reported considerable disruption to their usual practice, with enforced social distancing having the biggest impact. They embraced technology to maintain contact with patients and families, and shifted the focus of their support to staff. While some chaplains were viewed as essential employees by their organizations, most were not. Despite the majority thinking that their organizations understood what they did, chaplains themselves were neither clear nor unclear about their role during and post pandemic. More surprisingly, they felt similarly unclear about their role before the pandemic. This presentation, Monday, February 22nd at 10:00AM (CST), will summarize key findings from the study and conclude with some provocative questions for all chaplains. The complete findings of the survey are forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Sponsored by Transforming Chaplaincy and Co-sponsored by Chaplaincy Innovation Lab (CIL) & European Research Institute for Chaplaincy in Healthcare (ERICH)

Austyn Snowden, PhD, Lead Researcher, ERICH, Professor and Chair in Mental Health at Edinburgh Napier University.
Anne Vandenhoeck, PhD, Director ERICH, Professor of Pastoral Care and Diaconal Studies at the faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven.

Rev. Jon A. Overvold, MDiv, BCC, President, Board of Directors, Association of Professional Chaplains and Manager of Pastoral Care and Education, New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City

Trace Haythorn, PhD, Executive Director/CEO, ACPE The Standards for Spiritual Care & Education


The role and activities of board-certified chaplains in advance care planning.” 

We’re proud to feature the Article of the Month from ACPE Research. We’re grateful to editor John Ehman for sharing his work here and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable resource.