Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research

The Rev Marilyn J D Barnes, MA, BCC

The Rev Marilyn J D Barnes, MA, BCC

Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS, MA, MPH, BCC, is a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois. She is a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow who recently completed her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education and the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women.

The Rev Marilyn J D Barnes, MA, BCC (Cohort 1)

Marilyn is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church.

She earned her MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Additionally, she holds a BS and an MS in Computer Science. Co-author with Kevin Massey et al. of What do I do? Developing a taxonomy of chaplaincy activities and interventions for spiritual care in intensive care unit palliative care. Rev Barnes’ research contributed to the development of normative language for chaplains to communicate their daily work. Marilyn completed her Fellowship education at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Biostatics MPH Program.


Barnes M, Massey K (2017). “Spiritual Care Encounter: Journeying with a Grief-Stricken Family.” Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

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