Ph.D. Student Profile

Geila Rajaee, MPH, MPA, MDiv, BCC

  • Doctoral Candidate


  • MPH, UM Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Master of Public Education, UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Master of Divinity in Religious Studies, Princton Theological Seminary
  • BA in Sociology, Spring Arbor University

Research Interests & Projects

Existential concerns/needs and spirituality/religion, management of chronic disease, and behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes. Geila is particularly interested in preventable chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes) and the role of chaplains in mitigating and managing adverse health outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • Rajaee, G. & Patel, M., (2020). Perceptions of US adults in healthcare chaplains. Accepted for Publication.
  • King, S. D. W., Fitchett, G., Murphy, P. E., Rajaee, G., Pargament, K. I., Loggers, E. T., . . . Johnson, R. H. (2017). Religious/Spiritual Struggle in Young Adult Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Survivors. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol.