Adjoint Associate Professor in the Practice of Integrative Chaplaincy
Jason Nieuwsma, PhD is a clinical psychologist who is an Adjoint Associate Professor in the Practice of Integrative Chaplaincy at Vanderbilt Divinity School (VDS). He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and serves as the Associate Director for Integrative Mental Health in the Veterans Health Administration. At VDS, Dr. Nieuwsma serves as faculty and consultant to chaplains in the Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services (MHICS) intensive training program, which forms the core of the first three semesters of the Doctor of Ministry degree in Integrative Chaplaincy offered by Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Dr. Nieuwsma’s work focuses on increasing the availability and cultural relevance of evidence-based psychosocial approaches across various contexts, with areas of expertise in spirituality and health, moral injury, chaplaincy and mental health integration, and dissemination and implementation science. Dr. Nieuwsma has helped to lead multiple national-level projects aimed at more effectively integrating chaplaincy and mental health care services across the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense as well as other healthcare systems. Dr. Nieuwsma has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, serves on the editorial board for the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice, is Associate Editor for the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, and is a co-editor & author on the books ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors and Addressing Moral Injury in Clinical Practice.