Holly Nelson-Becker, PhD., LCSW, is Professor & Social Work Division Lead at Brunel University London. She is a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work. Her PhD is from the University of Chicago and she obtained a MSW from Arizona State University. She is a recognized expert in social gerontology who has investigated the pathways to resilience and well-being in older adults. Her research areas focus on spirituality and aging with an emphasis on end-of-life concerns and diverse cultural expressions. She helped create US national standards for spiritual care in palliative care and is past Chair of the Interest Group on Religion, Spirituality, and Aging for the Gerontological Society of America where she is a Fellow. She served on the National Program Committee for the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work. The strengths perspective and positive psychological principles form the foundation for her research and teaching. Her book Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: Illuminations for Therapeutic Practice was published in 2017.
Primary Affiliation: Brunel University - Uxbridge, Middlesex , United Kingdom
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