M. Jan Holton

 M. Jan Holton

AddressYale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 6511

Pastoral Care and Counseling, Yale Divinity School, Yale University

B.A., Randolph Macon College,
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University,

Professor Holton recently engaged in research in southern Sudan, where she studied the effects of religious belief and practices on illness and insecurity (including trauma and war) among the Dinka people recently repatriated to the region. Her writing projects focus on the dynamics of trauma and resilience in refugee populations. She has also conducted field studies in such conflict- and disaster-ravaged areas as Kakukma Refugee Camp, Kenya, Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Nicaragua. Her other research and teaching interests include intercultural pastoral theology (especially ethnographic perspectives of suffering), medical anthropology, pastoral care in times of crisis (death, dying, grief, addiction, the transition of hope, hospital ministry), and ritual in pastoral care. Her pastoral and clinical experience includes chaplaincy at a level-one trauma center. Professor Holton is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

Areas of Interest

Pastoral Care; Counseling;

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