|[May 14, 2013]
Kenneth I. Pargament to Deliver Commencement Address for the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
MALIBU, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Kenneth I. Pargament, Ph.D., a professor of clinical psychology at
Bowling Green State University, has been selected to deliver the
psychology commencement address for the Pepperdine University Graduate
School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Pargament 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
"Dr. Pargament's psychology expertise has resulted in inspiring recovery
for the individuals and communities he's served," sid Margaret J.
Weber, dean, GSEP. "We are honored to have him share his knowledge and
experience with our psychology graduates."
Pargament advocates for greater sensitivity to spirituality in health
care. He is editor-in-chief of the recently published two-volume 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 Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of
Maryland and interned in clinical psychology at Rutgers Medical School.
He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in psychiatric
epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Pargament
will receive an Honorary Degree from Pepperdine University.
The psychology commencement
ceremony for GSEP will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18,
2013, at the Alumni Park on Pepperdine University's Malibu, California
campus. Pepperdine University commencements
are hosted outdoors with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and are open to
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