Welcome to my website. This site is intended to share information about the profession of social work and my own progress as a social work practitioner, teacher, and researcher. I hope you enjoy my work. If you find that we have common interests or that I can help in some way, please let me know.


Are you interested in how spirituality can shape the dying process? Please consider reading my book Spirituality and Hospice Social Work published by Columbia University Press. This book is the product of many years of clinical and research experience. The article Key Concepts in Spiritual Care for Hospice Social Workers: How an Interdisciplinary Perspective Can Inform Spiritual Competence provides a topical overview. The book further explains the evidence supporting spiritually sensitive hospice social work.

This will prepare social workers well for their direct work with clients and for their partnership in palliative care and hospice teams.
— Edward R. Canda, The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Course evaluation is central to good teaching. The last article I wrote with Dr. Kalea Benner, at the University of Kentucky, evaluates an online spirituality course. We evaluate the conceptual processes associated with the building of spiritual sensitivity and the potential implications for social work practice.