Helen Harris

Helen Harris

Assistant Professor
Phone: 254-710-4431
E-mail: Helen_Harris@baylor.edu

"I have always been drawn to persons who are experiencing separation, loss and grief. Social work is a profession that provides real knowledge and skill for helping persons negotiate the changes and transitions in their lives."

"In my social work experience with children and families in foster care and adoption, with patients and families in hospice, and with grieving children, social work has provided the structure and evidence-based practice that is difference making. I am grateful for God's call to be part of social work education, preparing other social workers for this important work."


Ed.D., Mary Hardin-Baylor
M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University
B.A., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Full Curriculum Vita

Professional Credentials

LCSW, ACSW, DCSW (Diplomate)

Selected Publications

  • Csikai, Ellen I., and Jones, Barbara. (2006). Harris, Helen. "Assignments and Syllabus: When Mourning is Complicated." Social work in end-of-life and palliative care: A Compendium of syllabi and teaching resources. In press. Lyceum Books, Inc.
  • Harris, Helen. (2006). "Growing While Going: Spiritual Formation at the End of Life." Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging.In press.
  • Thirty items on the National Intermediate Social Work Examination. 2005-2006. Association of Social Work Boards. Richmond, Va.

Research Interests

  • Grief and Cognition in Children
  • Grief and Cognition in Adults
  • Loss and Grief
  • Effectiveness of On-line Education
  • Current Applications of the Work of Alan Keith-Lucas
  • Faith and Adoption


Helen Harris has served as a social worker and bereavement coordinator for Hillcrest Community Hospice, where she was the first director of the program. She came to Waco to begin hospice work in the Waco/Central Texas area. Since coming to Baylor in 1997, she has continued to work with hospice by volunteering with Providence Hospice and by providing volunteer training for several area hospices.

She is a member of the Texas Field Educators' Consortia and was honored as a "Woman of Distinction" by Girl Scouts of America.

Mrs. Harris served as a social worker at the Methodist Children's Home and at South Texas Children's Home, where she developed the first independent living program and directed the foster care program. Before joining the School of Social Work faculty, she taught adjunctively for six years in Baylor's Health Education Department.

She is married to Don Harris; they are the parents of Daniel and Beth.