The Publications Below Highlight our Work on Integrating Spirituality Into Healthcare:

Chaplain Family Project Single-Site Clinical Trial Manuscript

Alexia M. Torke MD, MS, Shelley E. Varner-Perez MDiv, MPH, CPH, BCC, Emily S. Burke BA, Tracy A. Taylor BS, James E. Slaven MS, MA, Kathryn L. Kozinski MDiv, BCC, Saneta M. Maiko PhD, MS, Bruce J. Pfeffer MAHL, BCC, Sarah K. Banks BS

Staff Care in the Midst of Traumatic Events

What does it mean to provide staff care in the midst of traumatic events? As chaplains around the country have learned starting in 2020, the specific needs of an institution’s everyday staff can vary widely and be impacted enormously by traumatic events. How chaplains can determine what is helpful and deploy those responses are key questions as spiritual care providers consider how best to support those with whom they work. This eBook, produced by colleagues at Indiana University Health Chaplaincy Services, offers real-world examples of spiritual care interventions that have proven effective and meaningful.

Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology: A Pilot Study

Csaba Szilagyi, Alex H. Lion, Shelley E. Varner Perez, Sarah Koch, Oladele Oyedele, James E. Slaven, Kianna Montz, Joan E. Haase, Christina M. Puchalski, Pediatric Blood & Cancer (2021) doi:

Spiritual Care Assessment and Intervention (SCAI) for Adult Outpatients With Advanced Cancer and Caregivers: A Pilot Trial to Assess Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Effects. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®

Shelley E. Varner Perez, MDiv, MPH, CPH, BCC, Saneta Maiko, PhD, MS, BCC, Emily S. Burke, BA, James E. Slaven, MS, MA, Shelley A. Johns, PsyD, HSPP, ABPP, Olivia J. Smith, BA, Paul R. Helft, MD, Kathryn Kozinski, MDiv, BCC, Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine® (2021) doi:

“I Don't Do Religion”: Using Nature Photographs to Engage Patients in Spiritual Reflection

Stephen F. Obold Eshleman MDiv, Shelley E. Varner Perez MDiv, MPH, CPH, BCC, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (2021), doi:

Religion and Spirituality in Surrogate Decision Making for Hospitalized Older Adults

Geros K, Ivy SS, Montz K, Bohan SE, Torke AM J Relig Health. 2016 Jun;55(3):765-77. doi: 10.1007/s10943-015-0111-9

Spiritual and Religious Coping of Medical Decision Makers for Hospitalized Older Adult Patients

Maiko SM, Ivy SS, Watson BN, Montz K, Torke AM J Palliat Med. 2018 Nov 20. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0406

The Chaplain Family Project: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability of an Intervention to Improve Spiritual Care of Family Surrogates.

Torke AM, Maiko SM, Watson BN, Ivy SS, Burke ES, Montz K, Rush SA, Slaven JE, Kozinski K, Axel-Adams R, Cottingham A J Health Care Chaplain, 2019 Oct-Dec; 25(4): 147-170. doi: 10.1080/08854726.219.1580979

Chaplain Care in Pediatric Oncology: Insight for Interprofessional Collaboration

Lion AH, Skiles JL, Watson BN, Young JD, Torke AM Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Dec,66(12):e27971. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27971

Factors Associated with Physician Moral Distress Caring for Hospitalized Elderly Patients Needing a Surrogate Decision-maker: a Prospective Study

Wocial LD, Slaven JE, Montz K, Monahan PO, Hickman SE, Callahan CM, Helft PR, Sachs GA, Inger L, Burke ES, Torke AM Journal of General Internal Medicine. 24 Feb 2020. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05652-1

Chaplaincy Care in the MICU: Describing the Spiritual Care Provided to MICU Patients and Families at the End of Life

Labuschagne, D, Torke, A, Grossoehme, D, Rimer, K, Rucker, M, Schenk, K, Slaven, J, Fitchett, G Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Mar 20:1049909120912933. doi: 10.1177/1049909120912933. [Epub ahead of print]