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Lyren Chiu

Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing
President and Executive Director
Dr. Chiu is President and Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing. Dr. Chiu believes that spirituality is an important quality of human being which should not be neglected or dismissed because of the limitation of our understanding about science. Dr. Chiu's program of research focuses on spirituality, immigrant health, traditional medicine, and integrative service. Dr. Chiu has investigated concepts of spirituality, spiritual resources, spiritual choice, methodology (investigating spirituality), transcendence, meaning of life, TCM practice in BC, history of TCM in Canada, use of CAM, an integrative health care service (ethnographic study), and others. As a consequence, she has published more than 50 articles and books in these areas. Dr. Chiu believes that now is the time for cultural shift in medicine. Dr. Chiu is a global citizen who traveled and received training in Taiwan, the US, and Canada. Dr. Chiu graduated from National Taiwan University (BSN), the University of California at San Francisco (MSN), and the University of Texas at Austin (PHD). In 1996-1998, she completed her post-doctoral training in the Committee on the Comparative Religion (East Asian Language and Civilization, later) at Harvard University. She taught in National Taiwan University, National Cheng-Kong University (Taiwan), and University of British Columbia in Canada. She has explored Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity and developed linkages and connections with these traditions at the local, national and international levels. Presently, Dr. Chiu is incorporating an element of spirituality in each of the courses she taught at Langara College.