curriculum vitae

Abbreviated version, updated May 2018.
Full version may be found here.


Education

2014     Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston

Dissertation: Advancing the Integration of Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Measurement and Current Implementation

2011     Master of Social Work, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston Clinical Track

2007     Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Studio Arts, University of Houston  


Academic Positions

2017-current: Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University

2014-current: Assistant Professor, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University


Publications (selected)

  1. Oxhandler, H. K., Chamiec-Case, R., & Wolfer, T. (Accepted). The Development and Validation of the Social Workers’ Integration of their Faith – Christian (SWIF-C) Scale. Social Work and Christianity.
  2. Oxhandler, H. K., Narendorf, S. C., & Moffatt, K. (In press). Religion and spirituality among young adults with severe mental illness. Manuscript submitted for publication. Spirituality in Clinical Practice.
  3. Oxhandler, H. K., Ellor, J. W., & Stanford, M. S. (In press). Current and former clients’ views regarding religion/spirituality in mental health treatment. Social Work
  4. Moffatt, K. & Oxhandler, H. K. (In press). Religion and spirituality in master of social work education: Past, present, and future considerations. Journal of Social Work Education.
  5. Oxhandler, H. K., Polson, C., & Achenbaum, W. A. (2018). The religiosity and spiritual beliefs and practices of clinical social workers: A national survey. Social Work 63(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1093/sw/swx055
  6. Oxhandler, H. K. & Parrish, D. E. (2018). Integrating clients’ religion/spirituality in clinical practice: A comparison among social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74, 680-694.
  7. Oxhandler, H. K. & Pargament, K. I. (2017). Measuring religious and spiritual competence across helping professions: Previous efforts and future directions. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/scp0000149
  8. Oxhandler, H. K., Polson, C., *Moffatt, K., & Achenbaum, W. A. (2017). The religious and spiritual beliefs and practices among practitioners across five helping professions. Religions, 8(11), 237. doi:10.3390/rel8110237
  9. Oxhandler, H. K. & Giardina, T. D. (2017). Social workers’ perceived barriers to and sources of support with integrating clients’ religion/spirituality in practice. Social Work, 62, 323-332. doi: 10.1093/sw/swx036
  10. Oxhandler, H. K. & Ellor, J. (2017). Christian social workers’ orientation toward integrating clients’ religion and spirituality in practice. Social Work and Christianity, 44(3), 3-24.
  11. Oxhandler, H. K. (2017). Namaste theory: A quantitative grounded theory on religion and spirituality in mental health treatment. Religions, 8(9), 168. doi:10.3390/rel8090168
  12. Oxhandler, H. K. (2017). Social work field instructors’ integration of clients’ religion and spirituality in practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(3), 449-465. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2016.1269706
  13. Oxhandler, H. K. (2016). Revalidating the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale with five helping professions. Research on Social Work Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049731516669592
  14. Oxhandler, H. K. & Parrish, D. E. (2016). The development and validation of the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(3), 295-307. doi: 10.1177/1049731514550207
  15. Oxhandler, H. K., Parrish, D. E., Torres, L. R., & Achenbaum, W. A. (2015). The integration of clients’ religion/spirituality in social work practice: A national survey. Social Work, 60(3), 228-237. doi: 10.1093/sw/swv018
  16. Oxhandler, H. K. & Pargament, K. I. (2014). Social work practitioners’ integration of clients’ religion and spirituality in practice: A literature review. Social Work, 59(3), 271-279. doi:10.1093/sw/swu018

Recent Presentations

Download Dr. Oxhandler’s most recent CV (above) for recent presentations on her research. Frequent professional conferences include the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Society for Social Work and Research, Medicine and Religion, North American Associations for Christians in Social Work, and others.


Fellowships, Grants, and Sabbaticals

  • 2018-2019: John Templeton Foundation: Fostering spiritual and religious competencies in mental health care.
  • 2016 & 2017: Baylor University Summer Sabbaticals
  • 2015-2016: Baylor University Research Committee Mid-Range Grant (Integration of clients’ religion and spirituality among Texas helping professionals)
  • 2012-2014: Gulen Institute (University of Houston)
  • 2011-2012 & 2013-2014: Dr. Fernando J. Zuniga y Rivero Foundation (University of Houston)

Courses Taught

See Teaching & Speaking.