Warren Kinghorn

Esther Colliflower Associate Research Professor of Pastoral and Moral Theology; Co-Director, Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center


0022 Westbrook

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

Dr. Kinghorn is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christians engage practices of modern health care. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative and is a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center. He has written on the moral and theological dimensions of combat trauma and moral injury, on the moral and political context of psychiatric diagnosis, and on the way that St. Thomas Aquinas’ image of the human as wayfarer might inform contemporary practices of ministry and mental health care. 

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Warren Kinghorn Casts a Christian Vision for Mental Health Care

Dr. Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D., has written a new book, "Wayfaring: A Christian Approach to Mental Health Care," published July 11, 2024 by Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Devoted Team of “Trauma Champions” Envisions Changes to the University Classroom

Professors Jan Holton and Warren Kinghorn lead a Bass Connections project that explores the ways that trauma impacts students’ experiences in higher education. 

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While modern psychiatry has undoubtedly enhanced the quality of life for many, it frequently falls short of addressing the holistic well-being of those it seeks to serve. Participants are invited to consider the successes and limitations of current mental health practices, highlighting the necessity of a more comprehensive paradigm of healing rooted in Christian tradition and praxis.

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