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Holly Nelson-Becker, PhD

Title/s: Full Professor

Office #: Lewis Towers - 1239

Phone: 312.915.7008

E-mail: hnelsonbecker@luc.edu

CV Link: Nelson Becker CV updated 2014


University of Chicago PhD- 1999

Arizona State University MSW-1988

Graceland University BA Modern Foreign Languages, BA International Studies


Awards and Recognitions (Selected):

2009-     Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, University of Kansas

2008-     Chancellor Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Kansas

2007-     National Program Advisory Committee, Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program

2006-10 PI, Hartford Geriatric Practicum Partnership Program grant

2008-9   Advisory Committee to Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of

              Palliative Care Project, Archstone Foundation.

2007-8   Aging and Social Work Research, National Institute on Aging Summer Institute

2008-9   CSWE Geriatric Social Work Competencies and Curricular Guidelines taskforce

2002-     Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work

Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas:

SW503 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Teaching Areas:

Loss, Grief, & Dying Well

Social Work and Aging

Spiritual Aspects of Social Work Practice

Strengthening Staff Performance in a Diverse Workplace

Research Interests

Current Research Projects:

Defining Wisdom, a multidimensional consideration of practical wisdom in older adults

Promoting leadership development in social work students with aging concentrations


Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service (Selected):

Advisory Board for Palliative Care in the Ukraine.

Editorial Board Journal of Social Work and Palliative Care, Ellen Csikai, Editor

Editorial Board for Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, Mo Yee Lee, Editor

Editorial Board for Journal of Religion, Spirituality, & Aging, Jim Ellor, Editor

Reviewer, special issue of International Social Work on aging, Mary Pat Sullivan, Editor


International Experience (Selected):

2010- Presentation-Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies, Brunel University, West London, UK

2009- Presentations, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

2007-2009, Presentations & Workgroup, Goal Nuri Aging Institute, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.

2008-Visiting Scholar City University of Hong Kong


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