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Kristin Pederson

Erika Stenrick

Drew Gorton and Ronan Dowling of Gortons.Net

Garrick Willhite

Executive Producer
Catherine Allan

For The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing

This content was made possible by Grant Number NIH #R25 AT00556 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), PI Mary Jo Kreitzer. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Special thanks to
We gratefully acknowledge the pioneering work of Roger Jahnke and Rebecca McLean of Health Action in Santa Barbara. Their innovative Circle of Life program has served as a model for our work at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. For more information on the Circle of Life program, visit the Circle of Life website at

Karen Lawson, Barbara Leonard, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Raquel Rodriquez

Online Development Team
Louise Delagran, Instructional Design and Project Management
Sheila Hoover, Instructional and Graphic Design
Lixin Zhang: Research

Student Advisory Board
Sraddha Helfrich
Lisa Hillman
Scott Roethle
Rachana Sikka
Kerry Wangen

Based on Content Written by Barb Leonard, PhD, RN, PNP, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Leonard has faculty appointments in the School of Public Health and the Center for Spirituality and Healing and holds a Professorship of Long-Term Care of Children in the School of Nursing. Dr. Leonard is a Spiritual Director with certification from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology's Center for Religious Development in Cambridge Massachusetts. She directs the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs in the School of Nursing funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Linda Armstrong, RD, LD, MBA , Faculty: Normandale Community College, Minnesota
Carolyn Denton, MA, LN, Adjunct Faculty: Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, Licensed Nutritionist, Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital.