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Shahnaz Savani

Shahnaz Savani

Shahnaz Savani

Lecturer of Social WorkSocial Work


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Central Asia

Islamaphobia and Social Work Education and Practice

Degrees Earned

University of Houston MSW 2008

University of London M.A. Religious Education 1993

University of London M.A. Islamic Societies and Cultures 1992

Bombay University B.A. Ancient Indian Cultures 1988

Courses Taught

Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
Human Behavior and the Social Environment 2
Urban Practice I
Issues in Field Practicum I & II
Contextualized Strength based Practice
Assessment in Social Work Practice

Understanding Suicide

Experience Qualifications


Savani, S. (2015) Reframing pastoral counseling: Towards developing a model of pastoral care within Muslim communities In Maynard, E. and Snodgrass J. (Ed.) Understanding Pastoral Counseling. Springer Publishing Company.

Savani, S. & Gearing, R. (2018, under review) Suicide in Central Asia: Prevalence, Risk and Protective factors. Archives of Suicide Research, Routledge.

Council on Social Work Education
Society for Social Work and Research

International Academy for Suicide Research

More Information

2014 Honoree, Social Work Person of the Year Award, University of Houston-Downtown, Social Work Program,
2017 Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, Travel Fellowship.
2018 Curricular Innovation Award, College of Public Service, University of Houston-Downtown.
2018 Gulen Scholarship, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.