Colleen Delaney

Associate Professor at University of Connecticut

45 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
University of Connecticut
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Last Updated 7/29/2016

General Information


MS  - University of Connecticut

Ph.D.  - 

Ph.D.  - University of Connecticut


Co-Founder  - Holistic Health Consultants

Web References  

Monthly Article June 2005

Delaney, C. "The Spirituality Scale: development and psychometric testing of a holistic instrument to assess the human spiritual dimension.
Journal of Holistic Nursing 23, no. 2 (June 2005): 145-167. In "The Spirituality Scale," Colleen Delaney presents a 23-item "holistic assessment instrument that focuses on the beliefs, intuitions, lifestyle choices, practices, and rituals that represent the human spiritual dimension," and "...that can be used to guide spiritual interventions" [p. Those interested in using the Spirituality Scale for clinical or research purposes are asked to contact Dr. Colleen Delaney, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, e-mail: The author has made the instrument available to the Network, and a copy may be obtained from the Network Convener by e-mailing]

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News Articles

Colleen Delaney, RN, PhD., faculty member of University of Conn, and Cynthia Barrere RN, PhD, of Quinnipiac University, CT, wanted to assess the effects of using a spiritually based music and imagery exercise in a variety of healthcare settings.
Dr. Delaney had developed a Spirituality Scale in 2003 because she strongly believes that these values assist in keeping people healthy and in assisting their recovery from health issues. This is the second time that Dr. Delaney has used one of Dr. Jonas' CDs.

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Colleen Delaney, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, firmly believes there is a correlation between spirituality and gratitude.
She conducted a qualitative, eco-spiritual study in which subjects meditated outside or near a window and recorded their thoughts in a journal. "Focusing on nature is another way of expressing gratitude," she says, explaining that this practice roots us in the present. "We operate too much in the past and future." Subjects with cardiovascular disease participated in another, qualitative study and listened to a CD titled "Blessings," a multi-sensory experience that enhances appreciation and connection to self, others, the environment and a higher power. According to Delaney, in addition to awareness and gratitude, subjects reported reduced anxiety and lower blood pressure.

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