George H. Grant, MDiv, PhD

Executive Director for Spiritual Health, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University

Dr. Grant, a psychologist and theologian, is the Executive Director for Spiritual Health in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University. He is responsible for the education of spiritual health clinicians, the service of spiritual health to patients and staff across Emory Healthcare and a scientific research arm driving evidence-based outcomes. Dr. Grant also serves as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Emory Center for Psychedelics and Spirituality.

At the core of his work is the vision and co-development of a healthcare distress intervention that cuts across cultures. CCSH™ (Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health) is a program to bolster the wellbeing, resilience, and compassion of healthcare patients and staff. CCSH™ augments spiritual health education and best practices with CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), a program developed at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University. CCSH™ interventions are delivered by spiritual health professionals trained in both CBCT® and ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education.


  • BA, Wofford College
  • MDiv, Emory University
  • PhD, Boston University

Recent Vocational History

  • 1995-2000, Clinical Educator, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston
  • 2000-2007, Director, Spiritual Care, University of Washington Medicine
  • 2007-2014, Director of Research and Innovation, Emory Center for Pastoral Services

Meet George Grant

Spiritual Health in Psychedelic Medicine: A meeting of science and culture

A presentation to Vail Health in November 2023

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Emory's Spiritual Health derived from ancient Tibetan traditions

Article featuring George H. Grant, PhD

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Compassion in the Age of Ebola: Emory, Spiritual Health, and a Global Health Crisis

Interview with George H. Grant, PhD

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Defining Spiritual Health

Compassionate Conversations: Empathic and Economical Communication for Health Professionals

International Teaching

Spiritual Health At Emory Healthcare System Summit

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