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Asbury Social Work Professor Publishes Article on Mental Health

November 7, 2022

This month, Ethan Engelhardt, assistant professor of social work at Asbury University, co-published an article in the Military Medicine journal about help-seeking behavior for mental health needs among active duty Air Force personnel. Engelhardt worked collaboratively with several active duty military social workers and a retired Air Force social worker in the research process. The article can be viewed here:

As an Asbury alumnus, Engelhardt earned his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and is writing his dissertation for his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. His academic interests and professional experience surround adult mental health, engagement in the classroom, in-home counseling, medical social work, and school-based mental health services.

Engelhardt is both an adoptive and foster parent with a passion for Christian higher education, challenging students to think outside of the box to better their abilities in the social work field. He spoke on the news this week about National Adoption Month: As the online coordinator for social work, Engelhardt encourages students to explore Asbury’s online program:

Engelhardt highlights the benefits of studying social work and entering the field.

“Social work is one of the broadest fields out there with career options in healthcare, child welfare, foster care/adoption, and mental health,” he said. “Getting a bachelor’s degree in social work is a great pathway to step into a master’s degree. If you get a bachelor’s degree in social work, you can get a master’s degree in one year. One hundred percent of Asbury respondents who applied for graduate school within the last year were accepted.”

Engelhardt enjoys weaving his Christian faith with his teaching and research. “I love that I get to teach from a biblical perspective to incorporate the grace perspective of the Wesleyan Holiness movement, teaching students how to serve clients graciously. At Asbury, we connect our teaching with the life of Jesus and how to serve our communities well.”

The Asbury University Social Work Department offers a major in social work, two minors (in human and social services as well as international human and social services), and an online major in social work. Learn more: