The University of Colorado at Denver’s Jennifer Boylan, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Kevin Masters, professor of psychology, received a grant to explore current understanding of religion and spirituality and health.
The $230,000 grant was from the John Templeton Foundation and will be used to see how religion and spirituality may predict key health outcomes, and potential intervening biobehavioral and psychological pathways.
“We’re interested in what it is about religion — beyond whether a person attends church or not,” Boylan said in a media statement. “We want to understand daily spiritual experiences, private religious practices, and how we use religion and spirituality to cope with stress and make decisions. How in touch are you with spiritual teachings and inclinations?”
The researchers use data from a long-running study of adults with whom have been interviewed by researchers roughly three times across three decades. Boylan and Masters look into how religion changes for each person, like after a divorce, retirement, or health challenges.