Divine Mercy University is unique for our approach integrating science and faith in the study of psychology and counseling.

The science behind spirituality and mental health

Divine Mercy University research is at the very heart of our mission to educate psychologists and counselors in compassionate care for individuals with mental illness. Our unique approach blends rigorous scientific research to quantify spiritual effects on mental health. Our goal is simple: to provide practical therapeutic protocols that support the fully integrated person.

Our research initiatives are a distinct series of strategic projects and clinical labs designed to drive meaningful advances on complex societal questions and challenges. Powered by professionals from academic and therapeutic institutions, these initiatives pursue a cohesive body of knowledge to provide empirical data on the relationship of the spirit and mind.

Through our strategic partnerships with leaders in the mental health arena including our collaboration with teams from McLean Hospital, Harvard University’s largest psychiatric hospital, Divine Mercy University is making a lasting impact.

Clinical Research

Science-driven Research

DMU’s collaboration with McLean Hospital focuses on three unique clinical labs researching how psychotherapy aids individuals coping with adversities like incurable cancer.

Each lab studies different intangible aspects of the person — spiritual, physical, psychological, social and cultural — all of which can directly influence tangible physical outcomes.

Meet Our Research Leadership

Programmatic Research

Borderline Personality Disorder

Recent advances in the treatment and diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder provide meaningful insight and effective techniques that can help clinicians and patients manage and treat this condition. The DMU-McLean collaboration brings together current resources, literature and access to cutting edge research in this area with a specific emphasis on Good Psychiatric Management, an empirically validated treatment approach developed by Dr. John Gunderson. Training provided by Dr. Lois Choi-Kain, director of the Gunderson Personality Disorders Unit at McLean Hospital in this technique enables DMU faculty and students to approach such disorders of affect dysregulation with a combination of compassion and scientific rigor.