Engaging in Mental Health

Dr. Brett McCarty & Dr. Warren Kinghorn from Duke Divinity School join us for a special presentation on mental health on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast.

Meet Our Guest

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Brett McCarty, ThD, is Associate Director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School. He is Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences in Duke’s School of Medicine. He is also a faculty associate of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine. Dr. McCarty’s work centers on questions of faithful action within healthcare, and these questions draw him into conversations at the intersections of bioethics, political theology, public health, and theological anthropology. His current research projects focus on competing conceptions of agency within the modern hospital, religious responses to the opioid crisis, and historical and contemporary connections between Christian bioethics and political theology.

Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, is Co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School. He is The Esther Colliflower Professor of the Practice of Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke Divinity School and Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Kinghorn received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his MTS and ThD from Duke Divinity School. In addition to teaching at Duke Divinity School, Warren practices psychiatry at the Durham VA Medical Center. His scholarly 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. 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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