Michael Balboni

Faculty Scholar

Michael Balboni, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div, is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Center of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.

Michael's research focuses on spirituality and religion and its associations with end-of-life medical outcomes.

His project aims to describe if physician religious/spiritual characteristics influence end-of-life outcomes among advanced cancer patients by determining prospectively if there is a relationship between physician characteristics and patient outcomes (including communication effectiveness, treatment goal attainment, quality of life, reception of palliative care, receipt of aggressive care, and medical costs in the last month of life). His study will also explore potential interactions between demographic and religious/spiritual characteristics within physician-patient dyadic relationships.