George Fitchett, D.Min., Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Research, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He also holds an appointment in Rush’s Department of Preventive Medicine. He has been a certified chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains) and pastoral supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) for over 30 years. His book, Assessing Spiritual Needs (Academic Renewal Press, 2002), is a widely used text in clinical and academic training programs.

In addition to his training in spiritual care, Dr. Fitchett has a Ph.D. in epidemiology. Since 1990 he has been involved in research examining the relationship between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His research has been funded by NIH and published in pastoral, medical, and psychological journals. Dr. Fitchett’s contributions to chaplaincy and spiritual care have been recognized with awards from the Association of Professional Chaplains (the 2006 Anton Boisen Professional Service Award) and the North Central Region, ACPE (Distinguished Service Award, 2007).