curriculum vitae

curriculum vitae

Abbreviated version, updated April 2019.
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)

*indicates current/previous student

  1. *Moffatt, K. M., Oxhandler, H. K., & Ellor, J. (In press). Religion and spirituality in graduate social work education: A national survey. Journal of Social Work Education.
  2. Oxhandler, H. K., Chamiec-Case, R., & Wolfer, T. (In press). The development and validation of the Social Workers’ Integration of their Faith – Christian (SWIF-C) Scale. Social Work and Christianity.
  3. Pearce, M. J., Pargament, K. I., Oxhandler, H. K., Vieten, C., & *Wong, S. (2019). A novel training program for mental health providers in religious and spiritual competencies. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/scp0000195
  4. Oxhandler, H. K. (2019). Revalidating the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale with five helping professions. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(2), 223-233. doi: 10.1177/1049731516669592
  5. Oxhandler, H. K., *Moffatt, K., & Giardina, T. D. (2018). Clinical helping professionals’ perceived support, barriers, and training to integrate clients’ religion/spirituality in practice. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/scp0000189
  6. *Moffatt, K. & Oxhandler, H. K. (2018). Religion and spirituality in master of social work education: Past, present, and future considerations. Journal of Social Work Education, 54, 543-553.
  7. Oxhandler, H. K., Ellor, J. W., & Stanford, M. S. (2018). Client attitudes toward integrating religion/spirituality in mental health treatment: Scale development and client responses. Social Work, 63, 337-346. doi: 10.1093/sw/swy041
  8. Oxhandler, H. K., Narendorf, S. C., & *Moffatt, K. (2018). Religion and spirituality among young adults with severe mental illness. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(3), 188-200 doi: 10.1037/scp0000164
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Oxhandler, H. K. & Pargament, K. I. (2018). Measuring religious and spiritual competence across helping professions: Previous efforts and future directions. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(2), 120-132. doi: 10.1037/scp0000149
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
    1. See GSSW’s Namaste Theory page for more
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

  • 2020: Baylor University Research Leave
  • 2019-2020: Spencer Foundation: Social work faculty views on preparing students to ethically integrate clients’ religion/spirituality in social work practice: A national survey.
  • 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.