Harold G. Koenig

Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc, is director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center.

He has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religionwith more 350 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and more than 40 books in print. His latest books include Spirituality and Health Research: Methodology, Measurement, Analyses, and Resources; Handbook of Religion and Health; Spirituality in Patient Care; and Health and Well-being in Islamic Societies.

He is considered by biomedical scientists as one of the world’s top experts on religion and health. His research on religion, health, and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on dozens of national and international television news programs, including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show, and two episodes of Good Morning America; on nearly a hundred national or international radio programs; and in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest, Parade, Newsweek, Time, and Guidepost.

Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, and he travels widely to give seminars and workshops on the topic.

He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2013 Gary Collins Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center.

He is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine, and is on the faculty at Duke as a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and an associate professor of medicine, and is on the faculty at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a distinguished adjunct professor. He is also a registered nurse.

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