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Pine Rest Grand Rounds

Religion, Spirituality and Health: Research and Clinical Applications (CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION)

Grand Rounds Presentation


  1. Examine the role of religion in coping with stress
  2. Review research on mental and social health
  3. Explain how religion affects mental health
  4. Examine clinical applications
  5. Provide further resources


Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University. He is board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly boarded in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and geriatric psychiatry. He is on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center as Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, China (2014-2023). In addition, he is a Visiting Professor at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Shiraz, Iran. Dr. Koenig has more than 630 scientific peer-reviewed academic publications, 100 book chapters, and 65 books in print or preparation. His research has been featured on many national and international TV programs (including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz Show, NBC Nightly News) and hundreds of national and international radio programs and newspapers/magazines (including Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religious involvement on public health. He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the 2013 Gary Collins Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the 2021 Frank Minirth Award for Excellence in Christian Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine from AACC. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Religion and Health and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine.


  • Harold Koenig MD, MHSc

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