Chaplain Researcher

Saneta Maiko, PhD, MS

Dr. Saneta Maiko is The John Templeton Research Fellow with Indiana University School of Medicine (2017-2019). He is a Board Certified Chaplain Researcher with Indiana University Health and an Affiliate Research Scientist with Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Dr. Maiko’s interest focuses on assessing the effectiveness of chaplains on different health outcomes of advanced cancer outpatients and their surrogates. His interest examines the spiritual needs of cancer outpatients with solid malignancies and their families and specifically the effect of spiritual care on their spiritual and emotional well-being. Through collaboration with his mentor, Dr. Alexia M. Torke, and oncologists Dr. Paul Helft, Dr. Shadia Jalal and Dr. Nasser Hanna, psychologists, nurses, chaplains, and social workers, Dr. Maiko expands his research into areas of chaplaincy research education and spiritual care interventions as they relate to outpatient and family health outcomes.

Dr. Maiko graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary (PhD), Purdue University (MS), Christian Theological Seminary (STM), St. Paul’s University (BDiv) and Lutheran Hospital of Indiana (CPE Residency). He is an ordained elder with the Indiana United Methodist Conference. He is the founder and former executive director of Crime Victim Care of Allen County, Indiana (known as Imani Family services). Dr. Maiko has published a book on youth, faith and culture, an international conference proceeding chapter on African ethical leadership, and articles on leadership, chaplaincy, and the psychology of young people. He is married with four lovely children.