Preceding the conference there will be a 4-day Pre- Conference Research Workshop with Prof. Harold Koenig from Duke University. He is one of the world's leading experts in Religion, Spirituality and Health (RSH) research. Prof. Koenig is also known as the senior author of the “Handbook of Religion and Health”. The workshop is open to all interested in doing research on religion, spirituality and health (accepting participants of any educational level or degree, including theologians, chaplains, physicians, nurses, psychologists, pastoral counselors, public health specialists, epidemiologists, or other potential researchers).
Previous research on religion, spirituality and health; importance of definitions; understanding mechanisms and pathways; highest priority studies for future research; strengths and weaknesses of religion and spirituality measures; designing different types of research projects; statistics and statistical modeling; funding your research; writing a grant; managing a research project; writing a research paper for publication; developing an academic career in this area
Mentorship meetings with Prof. Koenig allows participants to discuss individual research projects.
To give you an impression of the workshop, you find a typical lecture attached. The topic is "research on religion and mental health" (research workshop 2005):