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Dr. Harold Koenig to Give Root Lecture at W&L on Religion, Spirituality and Health

— by on February 10th, 2010

Dr. Harold G. Koenig will present the Robert W. Root Lecture entitled “Religion, Spirituality and Health: Definitions, Research and Clinical Applications” at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4:40 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theatre of Elrod Commons.

Harold Koenig, M.D., MHSc, is founder and former director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health, and is founding co-director of the current Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center.

He has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with close to 350 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and nearly 40 books in print or in preparation. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on over 50 national and international TV news programs (including The Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, and several times on Good Morning America), over 100 national or international radio programs (including multiple NPR and BBC interviews) and hundreds of national and international newspapers or magazines (including cover stories for Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and Newsweek). Dr. Koenig has been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

Koenig’s latest books include The Healing Power of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2001); The Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford University Press, 2001; 2011 forthcoming); his autobiography, The Healing Connection (2004); Faith and Mental Health (2005); In the Wake of Disaster (Templeton Press); Spirituality in Patient Care, 2nd edition (2007); and Medicine, Religion and Health (2008) published by Templeton Foundation Press.