Cynthia Visscher

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Cynthia Visscher (Cindy)
Faculty Specialist, Religion and Health
Office: (269) 387-4394
Room 2010 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5320
Mailing address
Department of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
Office hours

By appointment

Ph.D., Sociology, Western Michigan University, 2012
M.A., Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University, 2007
M.B.A, Grand Valley State University, 1990
Teaching interests
  • Religions of the world
  • Death, dying and beyond
  • Graduate courses in spirituality, culture and health in development
Research interests
  • Religious diversity and pluralism in the United States
  • Spirituality, culture and health
  • Interfaith relations

Cindy’s current work includes an expansion of her M.A. thesis on the impact of religious belief on health status and her dissertation which is a case study of the religious aspects of the 1893 Columbian Exposition exploring inter-religious social interaction during the third wave of immigration in the United States.  Her publications, Eye on Religion: Understanding the Cultural/Religious Mélange in Treating Japanese Patients and Eye on Religion: Understanding the Cultural/Religious Mélange in Treating Chinese Patients, were included in a health and religion series in the Southern Medical Journal in 2006. Health Care and Spirituality: spiritually sensitive care of the terminally ill Muslim patient was published in the Interreligious Insight journal in 2005.