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Lisa Jane Miller

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Yale College; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Scholarly Interests

Spirituality & Religion, basic science on spirituality, applied interventions using spirituality, depression and substance abuse, related risk factors and protective factors, wellness and mental health.

Selected Publications

Miller, L. (2008).   Spiritual Psychology and Parenthood.  In Rayburn, C. & Comas-Diaz, L. (Eds): Woman’s Soul: The Inner Life of Women’s Spirituality. (pp. 122-148) Westport, CT: Greenleaf  Press

Miller, L. (2008)  Spirituality and Resilience in Adolescent Girls,  In Kline, K. (Ed.): Authoritative Communities: The Scientific Case for Nurturing the Whole Child. (pp.295-302) New York: Springer. 

Desrosiers, A., Miller, L. (2009)  Substance Use versus Anxiety in Adolescents; Are Some Disorders More Spiritual than Others?, Journal for the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 19, 237-254.

Semple, R., Lee, J., Derosa, D., Miller, L. (2009)  A Randomized Trail of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 240-254.

Jacobs, M., MIller, L., Wickramaratne, P., Weissman, M. (2011).  Family Religion and Depression in Offspring at High Risk, Journal of Affective Disorders, 136 (3), 320-327.

Desrosiers, A., Kelley, B, Miller, L. (2011).  Parent and Peer Relations and Relational Spirituality in Adolescents and Young Adults.  Psychology of Religion and Spiritualtiy, 3(1), 39-51.l

Miller, L., Wickramaratne, P., Tenke, C., Weissman, M.  (2012)  Spirituality and Major Depression: A Ten-Year Prospective Study, American Journal of Psychiatry, 169 (1), 89-94.

Miller, L.  (2012)  The Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality.  Oxford University Press: New York, NY.

biographical information

Lisa Miller, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology, as well as the Director of the Spirituality & Mind Body Institute.

Dr. Miller is Editor of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology & Spirituality and Editor-in-Chief of Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journal).  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has been awarded the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award from APA.

Dr. Lisa Miller obtained her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied under Dr. Martin Seligman. Her research and scholarly interests are in spirituality and mind-body pathways to wellness, basic science at multiple levels of analysis on spirituality development, and prevention and treatment interventions for children and adolescents in poverty, increased access to treatment among low SES populations, intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience factors, and development of spirituality in children and adolescents.  Dr. Miller's lab over the past fifteen years has been funded by a William T. Grant Faculty Scholars Award, an NIMH K-Award and a number of corporate and family foundations. 


current projects

You can find out more information about the Spirituality and Psychology laboratory by visiting:

CCPX 4900: Research and independent study

Permission required.

CCPX 5045: Psychotherapy, religious diversity, and spirituality

This course will focus on the role of religion and spirituality in psychotherapy. Research, theory and case material will be used to clarify healing dimensions of religion and spirituality. Discussion will focus on a re-examination of models of psyche and goals of treatment.

CCPX 5230: Fieldwork in clinical psychology

Limited to doctoral candidates in clinical psychology. Supervised practice in field placements.

CCPX 6900: Advanced research and independent study

Permission required.

CCPX 8900: Dissertation advisement

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate of each term.

Centers and Projects

Spirituality & Mind/Body Institute

The Spirituality and Mind-Body Institute supports training and research for the development of psychotherapists, healers, scholars and activitists. Graduate students build knowledge of research supporting spiritual and mind-body practices as well as hands on clinical training. Research within the Institute examines the direct effects of spirituality on thriving in youth, to include investigation at multiple levels of analyses (clinical, MRI, genotyping) on spirituality as protective against mental illness and as a source of resilience in building respectful relationships and personal meaning and purpose. Generous funding for the Spirituality and Mind-Body Institute comes from corporate and family foundations.

Contact: Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College

Spirituality and Psychology Lab

Lisa Jane Miller appeared in the following articles:

Homeless to Harvard to TC (10/14/2013)

Honoring a Legacy for Generations to Come (4/23/2013)

TC: The Next Generation (4/22/2013)

Phil Armstrong is a Partner - at TC as well as on Wall Street (1/15/2013)

He's a Partner - at TC as Well as on Wall Street (12/7/2012)

How Faith Heals (12/7/2012)

The Psychological Impact of Spirituality (11/21/2012)

Lisa Miller Honored for Her Humanitarian Work (9/24/2012)

Lisa Miller Named to APA Council of Representatives (6/22/2012)

First Edition: Mindfulness: an Rx for Anxious Children (12/16/2011)

Lisa Miller Named APA Fellow (9/16/2011)

Teaching from Within (5/20/2011)

Helping Those Who Are Helping Homeless Youth (3/29/2011)

TC Professor Lisa Miller Talks to Boston Globe About Educating Pregnant Teens (3/1/2011)

Faith in Science (2/7/2011)

TC to Host Conference on Spirituality and Healing (11/18/2010)

An Interdisciplinary Study of Gay Fathers (5/27/2010)

Democrats, Republicans agree on something: anxiety (10/30/2008)

TC's Lisa Miller to Appear in A&E Documentary Series (6/12/2008)

The Family as Educator (10/3/2007)

A Katrina Survivor Stands Fast in her Faith (7/23/2007)

An Interview with Lisa Miller (8/17/2006)

Use Love to Curb Teen’s Destructive Spirit (6/13/2005)

Encouraging Children's Spiritual Awareness (12/6/2004)

Professor Lisa Miller and Students Help Prevent Depression in Pregnant Girls (8/1/2003)

Professor Lisa Miller and TC Students Work With Pregnant Adolescents to Prevent Depression (6/1/2003)

Student Profile: Jenny Lee and Randye Semple (4/14/2003)

TC Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology are Winners! (9/1/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

State of the College: 8 steps to the future (9/1/1999)

Angels on Their Shoulders (6/1/1999)

Teachers College Assistant Professor Lisa Miller Studies the Protective Effects of Religion on Teens (5/1/1999)

Teachers College Welcomes Sixteen New Faculty (8/1/1998)