Doug Oman PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor
  • PH 281: Public Health and Spirituality (Spring)
Research Interests: 
  • Spiritual and religious health factors: Evidence and implications for practice
  • Meditation, mindfulness, and health
  • Professional empathy, and skills for living in a religiously pluralistic society


Director of traineeship in spirituality and public health (more information:


Oman, D. (Ed.). (2018). Why religion and spirituality matter for public health: Evidence, implications, and resources. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-73966-3 (available electronically through UC library: link)

Selected Publications: 

Oman, D., & Syme, S. L. (2018). Weighing the evidence: What is revealed by 100+ meta-analyses and systematic reviews of religion/spirituality and health? In D. Oman (Ed.), Why religion and spirituality matter for public health: Evidence, implications, and resources (pp. 261-281).

Oman, D., & Bormann, J. E. (2015). Mantram repetition fosters self-efficacy in veterans for managing PTSD: A randomized trial. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7, 34-45. doi: 10.1037/a0037994

Oman, D., & Neuhauser, L. (2012). Spiritual Factors in Occupational Health and Well-being: Opportunities for Research Translation. In P. C. Hill & B. Dik (Eds.), Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality (pp. 63-85). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Oman, D. (2013). Defining Religion and Spirituality. In R. F. Paloutzian & C. L. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd ed. (pp. 23-47). New York: Guilford.

Oman, D., & Paranjpe, A. C. (2018). Indian spirituality: How relevant is Pargament's framework? Psychological Studies, 63, 140-152.

Oman, D., Shapiro, S. L., Thoresen, C. E., Plante, T. G., & Flinders, T. (2008). Meditation Lowers Stress and Supports Forgiveness among College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of American College Health, 56(5), 569-578. doi: 10.3200/JACH.56.5.569-578

Oman D., Thoresen, CE. (2007). Does religion cause health? In: Eisen A., Laderman, G. (eds.). Science, religion, and society: An encyclopedia of history, culture, and controversy, Vol. 2. Armonk , NY , ME Sharpe, pp. 685-695.

Oman D., Shapiro S, Thoresen CE, Flinders T, Driskill JD, & Plante TG. Learning from spiritual models and meditation: A randomized evaluation of a college course. Pastoral Psychology, 55, 473-493. 2007

Oman D., Hedberg J, & Thoresen CE. Passage meditation reduces perceived stress in health professionals: A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 714-719. 2006

Guendelman S, Wier M, Angulo V, Oman D. The effects of child-only insurance coverage and family coverage on health care access and use: Recent findings among low-income children in California. Health Services Research, 41, 125-147. 2006

Guendelman S, Angulo V, Wier M, Oman D. Overcoming the odds: Access to care for immigrant children in working poor families in California. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 9, 351-362. 2005

Guendelman, S., Angulo, V.,& Oman , D. Access to health care for children and adolescents in working poor families: Recent findings from California. Medical Care, 43, 68-78. 2005

Oman D, Thoresen CE, Spiritual Modeling: A Key to Spiritual and Religious Growth?, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 13 (3):149-165. 2003

Oman D, Thoresen CE. "Does Religion Cause Health?": Differing Interpretations and Diverse Meanings, Journal of Health Psychology, 7 (4):365-380. 2002

Oman, D. (2014). Building Nonviolent Self-efficacy to Foster Social Transformation and Health. Gandhi Marg35, 583-617.

Ralph NB, Oman D, Forney W. Treatment outcomes with low income children and adolescents with attention deficit. Children and Youth Services Review, 23 (2):145-67. 2001

Oman D, Thoresen CE, McMahon K. Volunteerism and Mortality among the Community Dwelling Elderly, Journal of Health Psychology, 4 (3):301-16. 1999

Oman D, Reed DM, Ferrara A. Do elderly women have more physical disability than men? American Journal of Epidemiology, 150 (8):834-842. 1999

Oman D, Reed D. Religion and Mortality Among the Community Dwelling Elderly. American Journal of Public Health, 88 (10):1469-75. 1998

Oman D. Associate Editor, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality  (ISSN 1941-1022), published by the American Psychological Association.

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Profile Updated: March 15, 2019