Currently, I am searching for a suitable PhD program that will allow me to study in interdisciplinary terms the issue of prayer and health (see my article for more details).
I am interested in understanding the psyche in a framework that emphasize relationships, social context, cultural setting, and historical background.
Some of the questions related to the complex relationship between culture - subjectivity - health:
* Is it more to prayer than just a coping technique? Could it aid significantly the healing process in certain conditions?
* Is there a cluster of bio-psycho-socio-cultural factors that could influence clinically significant the cancer survival rate?
* Is there a way to make placebo phenomena more predictable, given the lack of specificity and control over the many variables involved?
- Religion, Spirituality, Healing and Health Outcomes; Prayer research and health; ASC; Subjectivity; Ritual and healing process; Self and identity (the influence of culture and context on identity construction); Self and illness narrative; Embodiment and mind-body interaction; Faith and health in secular society; Contemporary Esotericism; Narrative inquiry; Habitus; Autoethnography
- Transpersonal studies; Medical and Psychological Anthropology; Anthropology of Consciousness; Anthropology of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Critical Health Psychology; Cultural Psychology; Sociology of health and illness; Psycho-oncology
2010 - present: Associate Circulation Editor - International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (IJTS).
"The aim of scholarly research is to make a contribution to the existing human knowledge. Still, many scholars are aware of valuable articles that are rarely cited in the academic literature. The innovative advances delayed by the cumulative research impact lost cannot be accurately calculated at this moment. Probably eighty years from now, future studies will present detailed insights into the causes and consequences of the early 21st century’s increased scholarship fragmentation."