Arelis Benitez (Aly) is a graduate student in Religion, Psychology, and Culture. She earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Spanish from Denison University and an M.A. in Clinical Ministry from Loma Linda University. Aly completed her Residency as a HealthCare Chaplain at UCLA Medical Center and later became the Lead Chaplain at Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta. Before enrolling at Vanderbilt University she served as Program Director and Instructor at Loma Linda University School of Religion. Aly's research interests are influenced by her professional experience in health care chaplaincy and cover: bereavement and loss, religious diversity (including science and religion), cultural perspectives on death and dying, theodicy, health care ethics, self-psychology and pastoral care. Of specific interest is the role of human suffering in the understanding of God, self, and other.