Honorary Degree Recipients Psychology Division

Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD

Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD

Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, a professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University, is a practicing clinical psychologist and distinguished scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He is a leading figure in the resurgence of attention to the connection between spirituality and health. Through studies of groups dealing with trauma–survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing, victims of natural disasters, and the medically ill–Pargament identified many of the specific ways religion can help or hurt people in crisis.

Pargament advocates for greater sensitivity to spirituality in health care. He is editor-in-chief of the recently published twovolume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, which highlights the role of spirituality in health. Pargament’s 2007 book, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred, covered the insights gained through the application of spiritually- integrated treatments for survivors of child sexual abuse, women infected with HIV, and patients with heart disease and cancer.

For this work, Pargament won the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education at Bowling Green State University, and the National Samaritan Center Award. He has consulted with the National Institutes of Health, the United States Army, and the World Health Organization.

Pargament earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland and interned in clinical psychology at Rutgers Medical School. He completed a two-year, postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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