Religion, Aging and Health

Jeff Levin, Ph. D. M.P.H.

Jeff Levin, Ph.D. M.P.H.

Dr. Jeff Levin, an epidemiologist by training, holds a distinguished chair at Baylor, where he serves as University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and director of the Program on Religion and Population Health. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Both biomedical scientist and religious scholar, his research and writing for nearly 30 years have been instrumental in broadening the perspectives of social scientists, physicians, and public health professionals about the connections among body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Levin is a pioneering scientist whose work beginning in the 1980s helped to create the field of religion, spirituality, and health. He was the first scientist to systematically review the research literature on the subject, and the first scientist funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct original research in this area. His studies pioneered basic research in the epidemiology of religion and on the impact of religion on the physical and mental health and overall well-being of older adults.

Dr. Levin is an internationally known scientist and has lectured throughout the world on most aspects of the interface of religion and health-scientific, clinical, methodological, historical, theological, metaphysical, and with respect to public health and health policy. His research has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsday, JAMA, Modern Maturity, Tikkun, Moment, Spirituality and Health, and in cover stories in Time, Readers' Digest, and Macleans, and on national radio and television, including NPR, PBS, CBC, CTV, CBN, and the major networks. His biography has been included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Theology & Science, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and International Who's Who in Medicine. He is the author or editor of over 175 scholarly publications, including eight books, the most recent of which is Healing to All Their Flesh: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Spirituality, Theology, and Health (Templeton Press, 2012).

Dr. Levin's most recent research and writing have focused on three areas: Judaism and health; healing and the work of healers; and faith-based initiatives in public health and health policy.

Dr. Levin holds an A.B. in religion and in sociology from Duke University, an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine and Community Health from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan's Institute of Gerontology.

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