Published Research

Abstracts and citations for the papers listed below are available by clicking on the title. Journal subscriptions may be required to access the full paper on the journal's website; however, we offer our own PDF versions where permitted by the publisher.  For more information, please contact our research director, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D.


Holistic Health

A Theoretical Model of the Holistic Health of United Methodist Pastors
Journal of Religion and Health (2009)
    PDF version

“We Hide Under the Scriptures”: Conceptualization of Health Among United Methodist Church Clergy in Kenya
Journal of Religion and Health (2014)      PDF version


Physical Health

An Overview of the History and Current Status of Clergy Health
Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community (2012)    PDF version

High Rates of Obesity and Chronic Disease Among United Methodist Clergy
Obesity (Journal of the Obesity Society) (2010)     PDF version

Physical Health Functioning Among United Methodist Clergy
Journal of Religion and Health (2010)     PDF version

Mental Health

Using Effort-Reward Imbalance Theory to Understand High Rates of Depression and Anxiety Among Clergy
Journal of Primary Prevention (2013)     PDF version

Overcoming the Challenges of Pastoral Work? Peer Support Groups and Psychological Distress among United Methodist Church Clergy
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (2012)        PDF version


Spiritual Well-being

Closeness to God Among Those Doing God’s Work: A Spiritual Well-Being Measure for Clergy
Journal of Religion and Health (2013)    PDF version


Health Programming for Clergy

Use of a Randomized Multiple Baseline Design: Rationale and Design of the Spirited Life Holistic Health Intervention Study
Contemporary Clinical Trials (2013)    PDF version

Tailoring Health Programming to Clergy: Findings from a Study of United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina
Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community (2012)    PDF version

Health Programming for Clergy: An Overview of Protestant Programs

Pastoral Psychology (2011)    PDF version


Rural Clergy

Are Rural Clergy Worse Off?: An Examination of Occupational Conditions and Pastoral Experiences in a Sample of United Methodist Clergy
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (2011)        PDF version

Explaining Rural/Non-rural Disparities in Physical Health-related Quality of Life:  A Study of United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina

Quality of Life Research (2010)    PDF version


Research Methods

Use of a Randomized Multiple Baseline Design: Rationale and Design of the Spirited Life Holistic Health Intervention Study
Contemporary Clinical Trials (2013)    PDF version

Eagle, D.E., & Proeschold-Bell, R.J. (2015). Methodological considerations in the use of name generators and interpreters. Social Networks, 40, 75-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2014.07.005.