John Belcher, Professor
Phone: (410) 706.3613
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
MDiv, Lexington Theological Seminary
MSW, University of Kentucky
PhD, Ohio State University
Honors & Awards:
Founders Day Excellence in Teaching, University of Maryland, 2005
School of Social Work, Excellence in Teaching, University of Maryland, 2004
Leadership and Service to the School of Social Work and Community Planning
Community Service Award, University of Maryland
Expertise and Research Interests:
Children, Youth, and Families
Community, Poverty, and Social Justice
Substance Abuse, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Belcher, J.R., & Tice, C. (In Press). Protestant church charity: History, trends, and implications. Social Thought: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Belcher, J.R., Pecukonis, Edward, & Knight, Carolyn. (2011). Where have all the teachers gone? Journal of Social Work Education, 31(2),
Belcher, J.R., Pecukonis, Edward, & DeForge, Bruce (2011). Family social capital: Implications for interventions with families. Journal of Family Social Work, 14: 1-18.
Park, JuYoung, & Belcher, J.R. (2010). Review of observational pain scales in nonverbal elderly with cognitive impairments. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(6), 651-664.
Belcher, J.R., Pecukonis, Edward, & Knight, Carolyn (2011). Where have all the teachers gone? Journal of Social Work Education, 29.
DeForge, B.R., Belcher, J.R., O’Rourke & Lindsey (2008). Personal resources and homelessness in early life: Predictors for depression in consumers of homeless multi-service centers. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspective on Stress and Coping, 13, 2: 222-242.
Belcher, J.R., & Burry, C. (2007). Charismatic/Pentecostal Christians spirituality and treatment: The revival phenomenon. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 7, 93-112. Belcher, J.R., & DeForge, B.R. (2007).
Faith-based social services: The challenges of providing assistance. Social Thought: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 26, 1-19.
Ringel, S., & Belcher, J.R. (2007). Comparing women’s roles in two faith-based communities with implications for value-based practice. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 26, 17-33.
Benda, B.B & Belcher, J.R. (2006). Alcohol and other drug problems among homeless veterans: A life-course theory of forgiveness. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 24(1/2),147-171.
Belcher, J.R. (2006). Protestantism and Alcoholism: Spiritual and Religious Considerations. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 24(1/2), 21-32.
Belcher, J.R., DeForge, B.R., & Jayshree S. Jani.(2005). Inner-City Victims of Violence and Trauma Care: The Importance of Community Prevention, Discharge, and After-care planning. Journal of Health and Social Policy, 21, 17-34.
Belcher, J.R., DeForge, B., & Zanis, D. (2005). Why has the Social Work profession lost sight of how to end homelessness. The Journal of Progressive Human Services, 16, 5-24.
Belcher, J.R., & Herr, S. (2005). Development of Grounded Theory: Moving Towards a Theory of the Pathways into Street Prostitution Among Low-Income Women. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 16, 117-124.
Belcher, J.R., & DeForge, B.R. (2005). The Longitudinal discharge planning and treatment model (LDPTM) Part I. Social Work in Mental Health, 3, 17-31
DeForge, B.R., & Belcher, J.R. (2005). The Longitudinal discharge planning and treatment model DPTM) Part II. Social Work in Mental Health, 3, 33-61.
Belcher, J.R. & Benda, B. (2005). Issues of Divine Healing: Opening a Dialog. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 24, 21-38.