Frederic Craigie, Ph.D.
Letting Go and Holding On: Spirituality-Informed Perspectives on Mental Health and Wholeness
Dr. Craigie is a clinical psychologist, consultant, educator, speaker, and writer. In 2015, he transitioned from a 37-year full-time faculty role at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine, where he coordinated behavioral health teaching for residents and students and provided behavioral health care to a largely underserved primary care population.
He holds appointments as Visiting Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
Since the mid-eighties, Dr. Craigie has written and presented extensively about the healing and life-giving roles of spirituality in patient care, in the experience of health care providers, and in the life and culture of healthcare organizations. He is also the founder of a spiritual care program at the Residency's affiliated hospital and served for many years as associate editor of a professional journal devoted to Christian faith and mental health.
With AzCIM, Dr. Craigie has taught the Spirituality module in the fellowship program since 2001, revised the Leadership module a few years ago, and has developed and teaches curricula in Spirituality and in Healing Relationships for the Integrative Health and Lifestyle program. He is also the author of Spirituality and Relationships sections of the forthcoming program of integrative self-care apps. Fred was on-site for a sabbatical in 2004 and has been a regular leader of Tucson residential week seminars since that time. He is the author of Positive Spirituality in Health Care: Nine Practical Approaches to Pursuing Wholeness for Clinicians, Patients, and Health Care Organizations.
Dr. Craigie also serves on the Board of Directors of Community Health Options in Lewiston, Maine. CHO is a non-profit, member-directed, co-op health insurance company that was formed with the inception of the ACA and continues to provide health care access to a substantial population of largely underserved Mainers. His website, offering a variety of resources, a periodic blog, and weekly reflections on spirituality and health, is www.goodnessofheart.com.
In his personal life, he finds joy in his relationships with his wife and grown children and grandchildren. He pursues his own spirituality by playing the fiddle and mandolin, running up and down the court playing basketball, doing carpentry and home projects, and resolutely following the subtleties and wonders of major league baseball. Dr. Craigie has called Maine "home" since the mid-seventies and now lives seasonally in Tucson.
Founder and Chair of the Tom Nevola MD Symposium on Spirituality and Health
The oldest academic symposium on spirituality and health in the United States
(Now in its 33rd year)
John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Award Recipient
For Primary Care Residency Training Programs, in conjunction with George Washington University Medical Center, Institute for Spirituality and Health