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My name is Ruard Ganzevoort, and I am Professor of Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My main areas of interest are pastoral theology and psychology, psychology of religion, narrative approaches, trauma, and popular culture. I have published or edited 16 books and more than 130 scientific or professional publications. I was president of the International Academy of Practical Theology from 2007-2009 and am currently president of the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology. Since June 2011, I am also a member of the Upper Chamber of the Dutch national parliament for the Green party GroenLinks.  



My research focuses on the lived religion, how people shape their relationship to the sacred and how they relate to the tradition(s) from which they draw. I'm working on projects in the field of religion and trauma, sexual diversity, spiritual care, and religion in popular culture.



  • Introduction of practical theology
  • Religion and sexuality
  • Theory of Spiritual Care


Ancillary activities

  • KRO_NCRV | Hilversum | Member Supervisory Board | 2014-01-02
  • Eerste kamer | Den Haag | Senator | 2015-07-01

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Pastoral Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Terminal Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Sexuality Medicine & Life Sciences
Drug Users Medicine & Life Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Netherlands Medicine & Life Sciences
Parents Medicine & Life Sciences
Autobiography Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2018

Reconsidering the Uniform: Existential and religious identity reconstruction among Swedes after military service

Grimell, J. M. 2018 Zürich: LIT. 242 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

The Importance of Parental Connectedness and Relationships With Healthcare Professionals in End-of-Life Care in the PICU*

Falkenburg, J. L., Tibboel, D., Ganzevoort, R. R., Gischler, S. J. & van Dijk, M. 1 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric critical care medicine. 19, 3, p. e157-e163 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Terminal Care
Delivery of Health Care

Trauma and Lived Religion: Transcending the Ordinary

Sremac, S. & Ganzevoort, R. R. 23 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) Palgrave-McMillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

De rol van godsbeelden in de levensverhalen van vrouwen met een incestervaring

Balk-van Rossum, A. W. 2017 615 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

Interfaith Spiritual Care: A Systematic Review

Liefbroer, A. I., Olsman, E., Ganzevoort, R. R. & Van Etten - Jamaludin, F. S. 2017 In : Journal of Religion and Health. 56, 5, p. 1776-1793 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
North America
Mental Competency
Delivery of Health Care