Kelley Raab Nonfiction

Creativity, Spirituality, and Mental Health: Exploring Connections. Routledge, 2009.

This book emphasizes the integral connections between imagination, creativity, and spirituality and their role in healing. First, the author highlights the work of a neglected yet important psychoanalyst, Marion Milner – a painter and undeclared mystic – expanding her work on creativity, mysticism, and mental health. Second, she explores imagination and creativity as expressed in fostering hope and in spiritually-oriented therapies, particularly for mood, anxiety, and eating disorders – offering practical application of studies in imagination and the arts. Raab Mayo concludes that both creativity and the potential for transcendence are inherent in the human psyche and can work as allies in the process of recovery from mental illness.

Creativity, Spirituality and Mental Health - Exploring Connections

Editorial Reviews


“I recommend the book as a welcome addition to health-care literature, not least because of the connections made between imagination and hope in the context of healing.’ Church Times ‘Any person interested in psychoanalysis, complementary and alternative medicine, and spirituality will find in this book a wealth of relevant investigative leads.’ Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy ‘… the author is to be commended for the amount of information and inspiration she offers people with mental and emotional problems and those caring for them.’ Practical Theology ‘Mayo’s approach to psychological healing through interrelating creativity and spirituality represents an underexplored route in the realm of psychiatric health, which makes her text a must read for students and scholars of psychiatry, psychology, and psychology of religion.”
– Religious Studies Review

When Women Become Priests: The Catholic Women’s Ordination Debate, 2000.

Supported by interviews with women in the Episcopal priesthood, this text draws upon object-relations theory, Freudian concepts of the unconscious, and French feminist thought to show how the celebration of mass by women priests would require a rethinking of core dimensions of Catholic theology.

Selected Articles:

S Paterniti, K Raab, I Sterner, K.C. Collimore, C. Dalton & J-C Bisserbe “Individual mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in major depression: a feasibility study,” Mindfulness 13 (2022): 2845-2856.

“Discerning Spiritual Care in a Time of Change,” in Multifaith Perspectives in Canadian Spiritual and Religious Care. Toronto: Canadian Multifaith Federation, February 2020.

K Raab, K Sogge, N Parker, and MF Flament, “Mindfulness-based stress reduction and self-compassion among mental healthcare professionals: a pilot study,” Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 18/6 (2015): 503-512.

“Mindfulness, self-compassion, and empathy among health care professionals: A review of the literature,” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 20/3 (2014): 95-108.

D Koszycki, C Bilodeau, K Raab-Mayo, and J Bradwejn, “A multifaith spiritually-based intervention versus supportive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: A pilot randomized controlled trial,” Journal of Clinical Psychology 70/6 (2014): 489-509.

D Koszycki, K Raab, F Aldosary, and J Bradwejn, “A multifaith spiritually-based intervention for generalized anxiety disorder: A pilot randomized trial,” Journal of Clinical Psychology 66 (2010):430-441.

“Support from neurobiology for spiritual techniques for anxiety: A brief review,” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 16 (2010):1-5.