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Michelle D. Hand, PhD, MSW, LSW



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I have been teaching since 2014 and have continued to enjoy learning along with students, especially as a perpetually curious former first generation student. My primary goals as a strengths-based, justice-oriented educator are to create a safe, supportive environment to foster enthusiasm for learning and critical reflection as well as motivation for excellence. To achieve this, a trauma-informed criticamulticultural approach is used along with various integrative teaching methods, including full class and group discussions and mixed media that emphasize diversity, social justice, and collaboration.

Teaching at George Mason University 

  • Social Work 380: Changing Social Policies and Systems                                                               
  • Social Work 200: Introduction to Social Work (Lead Instructor)                                                        
  • Social Work 200 DL (Distance Learning): Introduction to Social Work (Lead Instructor)                                        
  • Social Work 688: Program Evaluation for Social Workers                                                                                   
  • Social Work 688 DL (Distance Learning): Program Evaluation for Social Workers                                            
  • Social Work 678: Trauma and Recovery   
Courses Taught at West Virginia University

  • Gerontology 645: Fundamentals of Gerontology
  • Social Work 682: Advanced Field Experience
  • Social Work 322: Social Work Methods 2 - Generalist Practice with Families and Groups
  • Social Work 616: Evaluation Research 

  • Social Work 1130: Introduction to Social Work in Contemporary Society
  • Social Work 3301: Lifespan Development in Social Work [Online]                                               
  • Social Work 1120: Introduction to Social Welfare   
  • Social Work 5798.02: Social Issues and               Human Rights in Nicaragua
Courses Taught at the Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College

  • Social and Human Services (SAHS) 1111: Introduction to Social Work and Mental Health
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Michelle Hand, PhD, MSW, LSW


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George Mason University

College of Public Health
Department of Social Work
4400 University Drive, MS 1F8
Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

Exploring and Addressing Violence and Trauma
through Multi-level Non-pharmacological Interventions
for Greater Wellbeing and Justice

Among At-risk Communities Across the Lifespan

Professional Development

  • Public Speaking

    • Trauma, Resilience and Healing

    • Sexual Violence, Trafficking and Healing Across the Lifespan

    • Trauma-informed Teaching, Research and Practice

    • Nature- and Arts-based Strategies​ for Mental Health and Trauma

    • Social Work, Human Rights and Social Justice

    • Research (e.g., Systematic, Scoping, Rapid and General Literature Reviews)


  • Trauma-informed Consultation and Coaching                for Individuals, Agencies and Organizations

    • Trauma-informed Healthcare and Social Work

      • Trauma-informed Dentistry

    • Trauma-informed Teaching and Mentorship

    • Trauma-informed Research


  • PhD Candidate and Job Market Consultation and Coaching 

    • Highlights on Qualifications

      • Successful Dissertation Defense as a First-Gen Graduate, while Teaching and in Practice, as a Parent (Support is Essential)

      • 12 Campus Visit Invitations, Resulting in Multiple Offers ​

      • Pre- and Post-pandemic TT Market Experience (with a Spouse + Small Kids)

      • Experience Securing a Second R-1 TT Position Early on the TT 

      • Relevant Service: Candidacy, Dissertation and Search Committee Experience

Teaching Skills and Software

  • Curriculum, Syllabus and Lecture Development

  • Extensive Independent In-Person, Online and Hybrid Lecture Experience

  • Collaborative Study Abroad Leadership

  • Formal and Informal Mentorship


Advanced Quantitative Methods and Software

  • Systematic, Scoping and Rapid Reviews

  • Multiple Hierarchical and Logistic Regression Analysis

  • Chi-Square Analysis

  • Survey design and Implementation

  • Red Cap, Qualtrics and Lime, Survey

  • SPSS


Advanced Qualitative Methods and Software

  • In-depth Individual and Focus Group Interviews

  • Thematic Analysis and Synthesis

  • Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis

  • Discourse Analysis

  • Grounded Theory

  • Case Study

  • NVivo and Excel


Advanced Mixed Methods

  • Multistage Transformative Methods

  • Community-Based Participatory Research


Research, Writing and Presentation Collaboration

  • Excellent Written Skills, with a Record of High Impact First-authored Publications

    • Experience Successfully Training Colleagues and Students on Research and APA Formatting​

  • Over 30 Peer-reviewed National and International Conference Presentations


Social Work Practice Skills

  • Case Management

  • Individual, Group and Family Therapy

  • Structural Family and Solutions-Focused Therapy, as well as Trauma-Informed Approaches

  • Arts-based Social Work

  • School Social Work

  • Medical Social Work

  • Urban and Rural Social Work


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