Harold G. Koenig

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Associate Professor of Medicine Durham, North Carolina Distinguished Adjunct Profesoor King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia


Dr. 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 currently board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and family medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine, and serves on the faculty of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and more than 40 books in print or in preparation. He is considered by biomedical scientists as one of the world’s top experts on religion and health (http://www.biomedexperts.com/Concept.bme/18754/Religion). His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on dozens of national and international TV news programs (including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show and two episodes of Good Morning America), nearly a hundred national or international radio programs, and hundreds of newspapers and magazines (including Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and Guidepost). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, and 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. His latest books are the Handbook of Religion and Health, 2nd Ed (2012, Oxford University Press), and Spirituality and Health Research (2011, Templeton Press).

Biography Updated on 16 April 2013

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