Lance D. Laird, ThD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
ThD, Harvard Divinity School



Dr. Laird's research at Boston University has focused on multiple intersections of Muslim identity with healing professions and public health in the US. His early research on shared symbols of Muslims and Christians in Bethlehem set forth a research agenda on the “dialogue of life.” He employs a “lived religion” and ethnographic approach, and draws on theories of racialization, social suffering, and identity formation. While continuing to write on Christian-Muslim relations in theological circles, he has published articles on how Muslims are represented in medical literature, the emergence of Muslim free clinics, chaplaincy for Muslim patients, American Muslim physician identities, the religious health assets of predominantly Black Christian and Muslim congregations. He is currently involved in a project with the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative and Boston Medical Center to improve understanding and coordinate responses to domestic violence in the local Muslim community. He is interested in developing new projects on religious and cultural community assets for immigrant and refugee health.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences





Institutional Responses to the Needs of Muslim Patients: Hospitals and CHCs
12/01/2006 - 11/30/2007 (PI)
Inst. for Social P'cy and Understanding



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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Laird LD, Curtis CE, Morgan JR. Finding Spirits in Spirituality: What are We Measuring in Spirituality and Health Research? J Relig Health. 2017 Feb; 56(1):1-20. PMID: 27817135; DOI: 10.1007/s10943-016-0316-6;.
  2. Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27979754; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.013;.
  3. Dresner D, Gergen Barnett K, Resnick K, Laird LD, Gardiner P. Listening to Their Words: A Qualitative Analysis of Integrative Medicine Group Visits in an Urban Underserved Medical Setting. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 03.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27040666; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnw030;.
  4. Laird LD, Barnes LL, Hunter-Adams J, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Looking Islam in the Teeth: The Social Life of a Somali Toothbrush. Med Anthropol Q. 2015 Sep; 29(3):334-56.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25684459; PMCID: PMC4536187; DOI: 10.1111/maq.12196;.
  5. Lance D. Laird. Health and Medicine among American Muslims. Oxford Handbook of American Islam. Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith, eds. New York: Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press. New York. 2014. View Publication
  6. Adams JH, Young S, Laird LD, Geltman PL, Cochran JJ, Hassan A, Egal F, Paasche-Orlow MK, Barnes LL. The cultural basis for oral health practices among Somali refugees pre-and post-resettlement in Massachusetts. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov; 24(4):1474-85.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24185145; PMCID: PMC3921667; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0154;.
  7. Laird, Lance D., Wahiba Abu-Ras, and Farid Senzai. Cultural Citizenship and Belonging: Muslim International Medical Graduates in the USA. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 2013; 3(33):356-370. View Publication
  8. Laird, Lance D. Boundaries and Baraka: Christians, Muslims, and a Palestinian Saint. Boundaries and Baraka: Christians, Muslims and a Palestinian Saint. Muslims and others in sacred space. M. Cormack, ed. Oxford University Press. New York. 2013; 40-70.
  9. Abu Ras, WahibaSenzai, FaridLaird, Lance. American Muslim Physicians' Experiences since 9/11: Cultural Trauma and the Formation of Islamic Identity. Traumatology. 2012. View Publication
  10. Abu-Ras W, Laird L. How Muslim and non-Muslim chaplains serve Muslim patients? Does the interfaith chaplaincy model have room for Muslims'' experiences? J Relig Health. 2011 Mar; 50(1):46-61. PMID: 20496048; DOI: 10.1007/s10943-010-9357-4;.
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Bar chart showing 18 publications over 11 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2010 and 2013

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