Chaplain Researcher

Saneta Maiko, PhD, MS

Dr. Saneta Maiko is a research chaplain with interest in the effectiveness of chaplains in patient and family care interventions. His research focuses on patient, family and staff perceptions and experiences of the role and impact of chaplains. Through this interest, he also analyzes the best ways to measure spiritual care impact of the coping and healing journey for aging families and patients. His passion is to examine the spiritual needs of patients with advanced stage cancer and their families and the effect of spiritual care on spiritual and emotional well-being. Working collaboratively with his mentor, Dr. Torke, and medical and non-medical teams, Dr. Maiko expands his research into areas of chaplaincy education, intervention outcomes, cultural humility and leadership as they relate to patient and family health outcomes.

Dr. Maiko is an Affiliate Research Scientist with Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute. He is ordained Methodist clergy. He is the founder and former executive director of Crime Victim Care of Allen County, Indiana. Dr. Maiko holds five units of clinical pastoral education (CPE) from the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana. He has published a book on youth, faith and culture, a conference book chapter on African ethical leadership, and several articles on the psychology of youth ministry.


  • 2016 – Masters of Science Organization Leadership and Supervision,College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, Department of Organizational Leadership, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 2008 – Doctor of Philosophy, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 2002 – Masters of Sacred Theology, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1997 – Bachelors of Divinity, St. Paul’s University, Nairobi, Kenya