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Dr. Grefe is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She served in parish ministry in her home country, Germany, and has worked as a chaplain and certified ACPE supervisor in Healthcare, Psychiatry, and Hospice. She is the manager of the Department of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Clinical Assistant Professor (Pediatrics) at USC Keck School of Medicine. In her clinical work and writing Dr. Grefe seeks to understand interreligious and intercultural relationships through a dialogue of theology and social psychology. She is particularly interested in interfaith chaplaincy, its development as a profession and its integration in healthcare and other contexts.
M.Div. - Lexington Theological Seminary
Ph.D. - Claremont School of Theology
Recent Publications / Achievements
Encounters for Change. Interreligious Cooperation in the Care of Individuals and Communities. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.
"Combating Ageism with Narrative and Intergroup Contact: Possibilities of Intergenerational Connections," Pastoral Psychology, Volume 60, Number 1, 2011, 99-105.
"What Chaplains and Clergy Need to Know About Cultural Self-awareness." Online Course, Healthcare Chaplaincy; http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org, 2010.
"Meeting the Other: Interreligious Encounters in the Provision and Supervision of Spiritual Care," Practical Bearings: The Critical Bibliography Series for Health Care Chaplains. Online: http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/ practical bearings, 2009.