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Prof. Harold G. Koenig

Professor-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States



Phone: +1-919-681-6633

Address:40 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, North Carolina 27710 USA




Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, nursing school at San Joaquin Delta College, medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center.  He is currently board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and geriatric psychiatry, and is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (since 2002), and as Associate Professor of Medicine.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, People’s Republic of China.  Dr. Koenig is Founder and Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 500 scientific peer-reviewed published articles, nearly 100 book chapters, and over 50 books in print or preparation.   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, twice on Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, and NBC Nightly News), over 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 this 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.  Dr. Koenig has a book series out on religion and mental health in Islam, Protestant Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  He is the lead author of the Handbook of Religion and Health (3rd edition, forthcoming), with co-authors Tyler VanderWeele (professor of biostatistics at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Raymond Peteet (professor of psychiatry at the Harvard School of Medicine).

Research Priorities

Religion and health

Previous academic collaborations with SUMS

Video presentation on the Holy Prophet’s Tradition (Sireye Nabavi) in Medicine for the 4th International Congress on Holy Prophet Mohammad’s tradition in medicine