Biography

Nathan Carlin, Ph.D., an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), is Associate Professor in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Carlin holds the Samuel Karff Chair, and he was elected as the Chair of the Faculty Senate of McGovern Medical School for academic year 2018-2019.

Dr. Carlin directs the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration for medical students and he co-directs the Clinical Humanities Certificate Program for dental students. At McGovern Medical School, he also holds appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Carlin also has appointments at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the UTHealth School of Dentistry, and the Institute for Spirituality and Health.

Dr. Carlin has published over 100 chapters, articles, book reviews, and commentaries. Additionally, he is the author or co-author of 6 books and the coeditor of 1 book. These include: Living in Limbo: Life in the Midst of Uncertainty; 100 Years of Happiness: Insights and Findings from the Experts; Religious Mourning: Reversals and Restorations in Psychological Portraits of Religious Leaders; Medical Humanities: An Introduction; The Gift of Sublimation: A Psychoanalytic Study of Multiple Masculinities; Pastoral Aesthetics: A Theological Perspective on Principlist Bioethics; and Teaching Health Humanities.

Education

Bachelor of Arts
Westminster College
Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary
Master of Arts
Rice University
Doctor of Philosophy
Rice University

Areas of Interests

Research Interests

Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Pastoral Theology
Psychology of Religion

Publications

Publication Information

  • Carlin, N. (2015). Doctors and Dr. Seuss: Restoring the patient’s voice. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 24(1), 113-119.
  • Cole, T. R., Carlin, N., & Carson, R. A. (2014). Medical humanities: An introduction. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Carlin, N. (2014). Religious mourning: Reversals and restorations in psychological portraits of religious leaders. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.
  • Cole, T. R., & Carlin, N. (2009). The suffering of physicians. The Lancet, 374(9699), 1414-1415.