Helen Harris

EdD, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University
BA, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Full Curriculum Vita
Professional Credentials

LCSW, ACSW, DCSW (Diplomate)

Selected Publications
  • Harris, H., & Kramer, C. (In Press). Perinatal loss and grief: Part one-The pain and the promise. The Journal of Family and Community Ministries.
  • Harris, H., & Kramer, C. (In Press). Perinatal loss and grief: Part two-An awakening spiritual role and response. The Journal of Family and Community Ministries.
  • Harris, H. (In Press-2016). The helping process and Christian beliefs: Insights from Alan Keith-Lucas. In T. L. Scales and M. Kelly (Eds.). Christianity and Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (5th Ed.). New York, NY: North American Christians in Social Work.
  • Harris, H., Lee, C., & Yancey, G. (2015). Cognition in adult bereavement: Preliminary findings from five hospice bereavement focus groups. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care.
  • Harris, H. (2015). Much to do about protest: the Keith-Lucas theory for mourning. Social Justice & Christianity: An International Journal,42 (4), 413-429.
  • Harris, H. & Scheibner, A. (2015). Learning to give voice in ministry to persons with dementia: Student monologues. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 27(1), 34-47
  • Harris, H., Hale, J., Harris, B., & Hale, C. (2014). Four narratives of adoption: Creating family. The Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 27, 13-28
  • Harris, H., Harris, E., Hale, J. & Hale, C. (2013). Four narratives of adoption: Challenges and resilience. Journal of Family and Community Ministries
  • Harris, H. & Custable, V. (2013). Suicide in the professional literature: An annotated bibliography. The Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 26(1), 49-65
  • Harris, H. & Myers, D. (2013). Student perceptions of integrative field seminar: A comparison of three models.Journal of Administrative Issues: Education, Practice and Research, 3 (2), 2-16
Research Interests

  • Grief and Cognition in Children
  • Grief and Cognition in Adults
  • Trauma Loss and Grief
  • Current Applications of the Work of Alan Keith-Lucas
  • Faith and Adoption

Helen Harris came to Waco to begin the first hospice in Waco. She has served as a social worker and bereavement coordinator for Hillcrest Community Hospice, where she was the first director of the program. 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 Military Child Education Coalition, the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the Association for Death Education.

Dr. Harris was honored as a "Woman of Distinction" by Girl Scouts of America, and in 2013, was named Outstanding Faculty: Lecturer for Baylor University. She is also a Faculty Fellow for the University and Academy of Teaching of Learning.

Dr. 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.