Clergy Health Initiative

  • This project aims to determine longitudinal relationships between dimensions of health, including positive mental health, through analysis of existing clergy health data and collection of additional clergy health data.  Using data from the Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal (panel) Survey, which was fielded in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 and will field again in August-October 2016, we will identify the predictors of physical health and physical illness, mental health and mental illness, and spiritual well-being and struggle, among clergy in the context in which they work.


    • Principal Investigator: Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell

    • CHPIR Staff: Heather Parnell, Jia Yao, David Eagle (Beth Stringfield, previously); also supports partial effort of Celia Hybels, a social epidemiologist in the Department of Psychiatry, and Liz Turner, a biostatistician in DGHI

    • Funder: NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    • Project Dates: 11/1/03 - 1/31/17