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Jessica Bratt

Jessica Bratt began her doctoral studies in Religion, Psychology, and Culture in the fall of 2012. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, she served as a chaplain at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a board certified chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains. She is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, and has served as a staff member for the denomination’s national office. Her current research interests lie at the intersections of practical theology, childhood studies, theological anthropology, and healthcare ethics. Her clinical placement for the RPC program has been at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Jessica graduated with a B.A. from Calvin College in 2002 (majors in Religion and Psychology) and with an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005. The Program in Theology and Practice has enhanced her experience at Vanderbilt by fostering collegial relationships and by offering a forum in which to think critically about how theological education can best contribute to the formation of scholars and practitioners.