Clark Chilson, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Clark Chilson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, is interested in mental anguish, and particularly the ways it has been conceptualized and treated.  He is a specialist on religion in Asia who regularly teaches a medical humanities course titled "Buddhism and Psychology."  His recent research has focused on nonreligious spiritual care in medicine and the application of Buddhist practices and concepts for mental health and wellbeing.  His current project is on Naikan, a Buddhist-inspired mediatative practice offered in Japan at hospitals and at other secular institutions to treat a wide variety of mood and behavioral disorders, including depression and addiction.  He lived in Japan for 14 years and has been invited to give presentations on Naikan in the US, Canada, Denmark, and Japan.