Keith G. Meador, M.D.

Faculty Appointments
Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesProfessor of Health PolicyAnne Geddes Stahlman Chair in Medical Ethics
M.P.H., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaTh.M., Duke University, Durham, North CarolinaM.D., MEDICINE, University of Louisville, Louisville, KentuckyB.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Office Address
2525 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Research Description
Dr. Meador joined the faculty in 2010 coming from Duke University where he established and directed centers in the Medical Center and Divinity School focused on the intersections of religion and health. His scholarship builds on his clinical, research, and teaching background in mental health, practical theology, and public health seeking a better understanding of the interaction of individual and socio-cultural contributors to health and human flourishing. He also directs the national initiative, Mental Health and Chaplaincy, for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Meador is Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Vanderbilt.

Research Keywords
Religion and health, Narrative constructs in mental health, Public health as a paradigm for understanding health and health care
Clinical Research Keywords
Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Adult Psychotherapy
Frenk SM, Mustillo SA, Hooten EG, Meador KG. The Clergy Occupational Distress Index (CODI): background and findings from two samples of clergy. J Relig Health. 2013 Jun; 52(2): 397-407. PMID: 21409478, DOI: 10.1007/s10943-011-9486-4, ISSN: 1573-6571.

Shin JH, Yoon JD, Rasinski KA, Koenig HG, Meador KG, Curlin FA. A spiritual problem? Primary care physicians' and psychiatrists' interpretations of medically unexplained symptoms. J Gen Intern Med [print-electronic]. 2013 Mar; 28(3): 392-8. PMID: 23054918, PMCID: PMC3579975, DOI: 10.1007/s11606-012-2224-0, ISSN: 1525-1497.

Frenk SM, Mustillo SA, Foy SL, Arroyave WD, Hooten EG, Lauderback KH, Meador KG. Psychotropic medication claims among religious clergy. Psychiatr Q. 2013 Mar; 84(1): 27-37. PMID: 22638964, DOI: 10.1007/s11126-012-9224-4, ISSN: 1573-6709.

Nieuwsma JA, Rhodes JE, Jackson GL, Cantrell WC, Lane ME, Bates MJ, Dekraai MB, Bulling DJ, Ethridge K, Drescher KD, Fitchett G, Tenhula WN, Milstein G, Bray RM, Meador KG. Chaplaincy and mental health in the department of Veterans affairs and department of defense. J Health Care Chaplain. 2013; 19(1): 3-21. PMID: 23551047, DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2013.775820, ISSN: 1528-6916.

Lawrence RE, Rasinski KA, Yoon JD, Meador KG, Koenig HG, Curlin FA. Primary care physicians' and psychiatrists' approaches to treating mild depression. Acta Psychiatr Scand [print-electronic]. 2012 Nov; 126(5): 385-92. PMID: 22616640, PMCID: PMC3622733, DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2012.01887.x, ISSN: 1600-0447.

Lawrence RE, Rasinski KA, Yoon JD, Koenig HG, Meador KG, Curlin FA. Physicians' beliefs about faith-based treatments for alcoholism. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Jun; 63(6): 597-604. PMID: 22476161, DOI: 10.1176/, ISSN: 1557-9700.

Hayward RD, Maselko J, Meador KG. Recollections of Childhood Religious Identity and Behavior as a Function of Adult Religiousness. Int J Psychol Relig [print-electronic]. 2012; 22(1): 79-88. PMID: 22844186, PMCID: PMC3404463, DOI: 10.1080/10508619.2012.635064, ISSN: 1050-8619.

Cowchock FS, Ellestad SE, Meador KG, Koenig HG, Hooten EG, Swamy GK. Religiosity is an important part of coping with grief in pregnancy after a traumatic second trimester loss. J Relig Health. 2011 Dec; 50(4): 901-10. PMID: 21861239, DOI: 10.1007/s10943-011-9528-y, ISSN: 1573-6571.

Frenk SM, Foy SL, Meador KG. "It's medically proven!": Assessing the dissemination of religion and health research. J Relig Health. 2011 Dec; 50(4): 996-1006. PMID: 20151324, DOI: 10.1007/s10943-010-9329-8, ISSN: 1573-6571.

Daaleman TP, Kinghorn WA, Newton WP, Meador KG. Rethinking professionalism in medical education through formation. Fam Med. 2011 May; 43(5): 325-9. PMID: 21557101, ISSN: 1938-3800.

Cowchock FS, Meador KG, Floyd SE, Swamy GK. Spiritual needs of couples facing pregnancy termination because of fetal anomalies. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2011 Mar; 65(1-2): 4.1-10. PMID: 21928497, ISSN: 1542-3050.

Hall DE, Koenig HG, Meador KG. Episcopal measure of faith tradition: a context-specific approach to measuring religiousness. J Relig Health [print-electronic]. 2010 Jun; 49(2): 164-78. PMID: 19288198, DOI: 10.1007/s10943-009-9240-3, ISSN: 1573-6571.

Koenig HG, Hooten EG, Lindsay-Calkins E, Meador KG. Spirituality in medical school curricula: findings from a national survey. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2010; 40(4): 391-8. PMID: 21391410, ISSN: 0091-2174.

Meador KG. When Patients Say, "It's in God's Hands.". Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11(10): 750-4. PMID: 23206937, PII: virtualmentor.2009.11.10.ccas1-0910, DOI: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2009.11.10.ccas1-0910, ISSN: 1937-7010.

Hall DE, Koenig HG, Meador KG. Hitting the target: why existing measures of "religiousness" are really reverse-scored measures of "secularism". Explore (NY). 2008 Nov; 4(6): 368-73. PMID: 18984548, PII: S1550-8307(08)00221-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2008.08.002, ISSN: 1550-8307.

Hall DE, Meador KG, Koenig HG. Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique. J Relig Health [print-electronic]. 2008 Jun; 47(2): 134-63. PMID: 19105008, DOI: 10.1007/s10943-008-9165-2, ISSN: 1573-6571.

Curlin FA, Lawrence RE, Odell S, Chin MH, Lantos JD, Koenig HG, Meador KG. Religion, spirituality, and medicine: psychiatrists' and other physicians' differing observations, interpretations, and clinical approaches. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Dec; 164(12): 1825-31. PMID: 18056237, PMCID: PMC2861911, PII: 164/12/1825, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2007.06122088, ISSN: 0002-953X.

Ray WA, Hall K, Meador KG. Racial differences in antidepressant treatment preceding suicide in a Medicaid population. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Oct; 58(10): 1317-23. PMID: 17914009, PII: 58/10/1317, DOI: 10.1176/, ISSN: 1075-2730.

Curlin FA, Odell SV, Lawrence RE, Chin MH, Lantos JD, Meador KG, Koenig HG. The relationship between psychiatry and religion among U.S. physicians. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Sep; 58(9): 1193-8. PMID: 17766565, PMCID: PMC2867459, PII: 58/9/1193, DOI: 10.1176/, ISSN: 1075-2730.

Catanzaro AM, Meador KG, Koenig HG, Kuchibhatla M, Clipp EC. Congregational health ministries: a national study of pastors' views. Public Health Nurs. 2007 Jan; 24(1): 6-17. PMID: 17214648, PII: PHN602, DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2006.00602.x, ISSN: 0737-1209.

Ray WA, Daugherty JR, Meador KG. Effect of a mental health "carve-out" program on the continuity of antipsychotic therapy. N. Engl. J. Med. 2003 May 5/8/2003; 348(19): 1885-94. PMID: 12736282, PII: 348/19/1885, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa020584, ISSN: 1533-4406.

Ray WA, Meredith S, Thapa PB, Meador KG, Hall K, Murray KT. Antipsychotics and the risk of sudden cardiac death. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry. 2001 Dec; 58(12): 1161-7. PMID: 11735845, PII: yoa20305, ISSN: 0003-990X.

Ray WA, Taylor JA, Meador KG, Thapa PB, Brown AK, Kajihara HK, Davis C, Gideon P, Griffin MR. A randomized trial of a consultation service to reduce falls in nursing homes. JAMA. 1997 Aug 8/20/1997; 278(7): 557-62. PMID: 9268276, ISSN: 0098-7484.

Meador KG, Taylor JA, Thapa PB, Fought RL, Ray WA. Predictors of antipsychotic withdrawal or dose reduction in a randomized controlled trial of provider education. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1997 Feb; 45(2): 207-10. PMID: 9033521, ISSN: 0002-8614.

Thapa PB, Meador KG, Gideon P, Fought RL, Ray WA. Effects of antipsychotic withdrawal in elderly nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1994 Mar; 42(3): 280-6. PMID: 7907098, ISSN: 0002-8614.

Ray WA, Taylor JA, Meador KG, Lichtenstein MJ, Griffin MR, Fought R, Adams ML, Blazer DG. Reducing antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes. A controlled trial of provider education. Arch. Intern. Med. 1993 Mar 3/22/1993; 153(6): 713-21. PMID: 8447709, ISSN: 0003-9926.

Meador KG, Koenig HG, Hughes DC, Blazer DG, Turnbull J, George LK. Religious affiliation and major depression. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1992 Dec; 43(12): 1204-8. PMID: 1459541, ISSN: 0022-1597.

van Aalst JA, Shotts SD, Vitsky JL, Bass SM, Miller RS, Meador KG, Morris JA. Long-term follow-up of unsuccessful violent suicide attempts: risk factors for subsequent attempts. J Trauma. 1992 Sep; 33(3): 457-64. PMID: 1328663, ISSN: 0022-5282.

Ray WA, Taylor JA, Lichtenstein MJ, Meador KG. The Nursing Home Behavior Problem Scale. J Gerontol. 1992 Jan; 47(1): M9-16. PMID: 1730851, ISSN: 0022-1422.