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Douglas Crews

Douglas Crews

Dr. Douglas Crews joined the faculty at Belmont in the Fall of 2017.  He started his working life in Christian ministry through roles such as: youth minister, program director, missions, and spiritual formation.  He is a certified Spiritual Director and Licensed Master Social Worker.  After many years in Christian ministry, he discerned a call to move into more focused therapeutic work through social work.  He has worked with diverse populations including: the developmentally disabled, older adults, sexual and gender minority persons, college students, and those experiencing homelessness. He has many years of experience as a clinician, and has also worked in a hospital social work, and has done grant writing, program evaluation, and community organizing.

When not working he enjoys traveling, road trips, exploring National and State Parks, discovering Nashville restaurants, and spending time with friends and family. 

Contact Information
Phone: 615-460-6291

Ph.D., Social Work, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
MSW, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

M.Div., Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, TN
BA in Religion, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Dr. Crews will teach in the BSW program across the curriculum.  He has a passion for teaching the intersection of spirituality and social work, diversity, and multi-level social work practice.

Research Interests
Self-compassion, mindfulness, diversity, social/economic/environmental justice, the intersection of spirituality and religion in social work, marginalized populations, issues and aspects of sexuality and gender, and social work education and professionalism.

Areas of Expertise
Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, Spirituality/Religion in Social Work practice, and working with marginalized populations. 

Bolin, B. L., Crews, D. A., Countryman-Roswurm, K., & Grant, N. (2014). Using six-word essays to explore social work identity.  Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 17(1), 28-38.

Crawford, M. R., Grant, N. S., & Crews, D. A. (2014). Relationships and Rap: Using Ecomaps to Explore the Stories of Youth Who Rap. British Journal of Social Work Br J Soc Work, 46(1), 239-256. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu096

Crews, D., & Besthorn, F. H. (2016). Ecosocialwork and transformed consciousness: Reflections on eco-mindfulness engagement with the silence of the natural world. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 35(1-2), 91-107. doi:10.1080/15426432.2015.1067588

Crews, Douglas A., Bolin, B. L., & Lee, K. K. (2016). Research Orientation, Research Anxiety, Research Courses, and Empowerment among Social Work Students. Professional Development Journal: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education.

Crews, D., & Crawford, M. (2015). Exploring the Role of Being Out on a Queer Person's Self-Compassion. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 27(2), 172-186. doi:10.1080/10538720.2015.1022272

Crews, Douglas A., Stolz-Newton, M., & Grant, N. S. (2016). The use of yoga to build self-compassion as a healing method for survivors of sexual violence. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 35(3), 139-156. doi:10.1080/15426432.2015.1067583

Stewart, K., Collins, B., Crews, D.A. (2014) Examining the Relationship between Substance Abuse and Suicide in the Mentally Ill Population: A review of the literature.  McNair Scholars Program Journal of Research Reports.  Volume 19, Wichita State University. 


Social Work Department  |  Phone: 615-460-6401