Harold Koenig

Dr Harold Koenig is a Professor of Psychiatry and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and at Ningxia Medical University in China.



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

Deeply interested in studying the effects of religion and spirituality on health, Dr Koenig is the founding Co-Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. He has also published extensively in the fields of religion, spirituality and health, with over 550 scientific peer-reviewed publications.

Dr Koenig's research on religion and health has been featured on many national and international TV news programs and also hundreds of radio programs and newspapers worldwide. 

His research interest of late focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of Moral Injury (MI) and the development of spiritually-integrated interventions.

I am interested in contributing to 'Liberty, Legacy, Leadership' for Chaplaincy staff in Higher Education because the work that chaplains do brings to life the research that I and my colleagues have been conducting for the past 35 years showing that faith can make a real difference in a person’s life and health.

Harold Koenig

Selected publications

  • Hart, C. W. and Koenig, H. (2020) 'Special Section: Religion and Health Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic', Journal of Religion and Health, 59, p. 2191
  •  Koenig, H. (2020) 'Ways of Protecting Religious Older Adults from the Consequences of COVID-19', American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28 (7), pp. 776–79
  • Koenig, H. (2020) 'Maintaining Health and Well-Being by Putting Faith into Action During the COVID-19 Pandemic', Journal of Religion and Health, 59, pp. 2205–2214
  • Koenig, H., Youssef, N. and Pearce, M. (2019) 'Assessment of Moral Injury in Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel With PTSD: A Review', Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10 (443), pp. 1-15
  • Koenig, H. (2016) 'Association of Religious Involvement and Suicide', JAMA Psychiatry, 73 (8), pp. 775–76

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