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The “Enhancing Practice-Based Evidence for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies“ international grant competition will award approximately 1.8 million dollars in grant money over a three-year period. The competition will award grants for research projects that use practice-based evidence research designs that monitor treatment processes and outcomes of spiritually integrated treatment approaches.
We believe that the wisdom, values, and spiritual practices of the world’s great religious traditions can help improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy and other forms of mental health treatment. This research initiative is dedicated to creating an international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative network of researchers, practitioners, pastoral professionals, and educators who will help advance research, practice, and training about spiritually integrated psychotherapies.
The Principal Investigator must have a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and be affiliated with an accredited college or university, some other research institution, and/or a mental health treatment facility (e.g., community mental health center, hospital, private practice setting). Applicants can only have their name on one proposal for this competition. Proposed projects are encouraged but not limited to scholars, practitioners, and educators in the disciplines of psychology, psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, clinical social work, psychiatry, medicine, education, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, theology, and religious studies.
Principal investigators should form a multidisciplinary team composed of researchers, practitioners, mental health educators, and pastoral/religious professionals/clergy who can each contribute conceptually and practically to the project.
All research teams who receive funding from the international grant competition will become members of the Bridges Practice-Research Network (PRN). Through collaboration in the Bridges PRN, grant recipients will contribute to the establishment of a "big database" on the outcomes of spiritually integrated psychotherapies.
A Bridges website, Bridges listserv, and WebEx videoconference account will enable grant recipients to share resources and support each other and their collaborating treatment sites. Grant recipients will also benefit from the Bridges online psychotherapy research system for conducting practice-based process and outcome research.
Several online webinars will be hosted by the Project Directors during the three-year project in order to provide support and guidance to grant applicants about proposal writing, using the online assessment system, resolving challenges with data collection and treatment sites, and preparing for the international conference.
Each funded research team is required to conduct a practice-based evidence psychotherapy study that evaluates the processes and outcomes of spiritually integrated treatment as it occurs naturally in a mental health treatment site.
All grant recipients will participate in an international conference about spiritually integrated psychotherapies in a major city in the USA to present their research ﬁndings to scholars and the general public.
In order to succeed at bringing spiritually integrated psychotherapies more fully into the health care mainstream, this project must impact multiple stakeholders, including the media, general public, professional organizations, accreditation bodies, and health-care policy makers. Grant applicants are asked to describe what they will do to disseminate the ﬁndings of their research in order to help inﬂuence the stakeholder groups mentioned above.
We plan to award a total of 1.8 million dollars to grant applicants. We will award a large number of "Major Research Grants" (about 20 - 25 grants ranging from $20,000 to $250,000 with an average amount of approximately $80,000). We will also set aside $150,000 out of the 1.8 million to fund "Doctoral Dissertation Grants" for student dissertation projects with small grants for up to $15,000 per project. We also plan to set aside $50,000 in order to offer "Big Data Set grants" of up to $10,000 each to fund researchers who wish to assist us in the statistical analysis and publication of findings from the big data set.
The funding for this project was generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation and Brigham Young University.
P. Scott Richards, PhD, Brigham Young University
Daniel K Judd, PhD, Brigham Young University
G. E. Kawika Allen, PhD, Brigham Young University
Everett L. Worthington, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
William Hathaway, PhD, Regent University
Joshua Hook, PhD, University of North Texas
Nathaniel Wade, PhD, Iowa State University
Len Sperry, MD, PhD, Florida Atlantic University
Steven Sandage, PhD, Boston University
Ken I. Pargament, PhD, Bowling Green University
Lisa Miller, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University
Reverend George F. Handzo, HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York City
Archpriest George Morelli, PhD, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of New York
Zari Hedayat-Diba, PhD, Antioch University, Los Angeles, CA
Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, PhD, Boston College
Mark Finn, PhD, North Central Bronx Hospital, New York
Ofra Mayseless, PhD, University of Haifa, Israel
Jeff King, PhD, Center for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Western Washington University
Professor Tyler VanderWeele, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Michael Barkham, PhD, The University of Shefﬁeld