Jennifer C. Hollenberger

Associate Professor of Social Work, BSW Program Director
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Contact Information
Email: HollenbergerJC@GCC.EDU

Jennifer C. Hollenberger


  • Ph.D. Baylor University 
  • M.S.W. University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S.W. University of Pittsburgh
  • A.A. Biblical Studies, Liberty University


  • Explorations of Pregnancy Options Counseling Across Varying Settings

What are the main focuses of your research?

  • Psychosocial Assessment within the medical setting
  • The intersection of faith and social work practice

What specific courses or specialties do you teach?

  • Foundations in Social Work
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Generalist Practice I & II
  • Field Education and Practicum Seminar

What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?

  • We are commanded, in scripture, to love God and love people (Mark 12:30). When we can do both things well and with our whole heart, then we will experience success. Such success may not meet the perspective of what the world defines as successful, but, that should never be our end goal. 

Selected Publications

  • Homan, K. & Hollenberger, J.C. (2021) Religious support moderates the long reach of adverse childhood events on physical health. Journal of Religion and Health. https.// 10.1007/s10943-021-01259-w 5.
  • Hollenberger, J.C. & Madden, E.E. (2021) Teaching note: Integrating family planning in social work education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work [in press]
  • Dew, M.A., Hollenberger, J., Obregon, L.L., Hickey, G., Sciortino, C.M., Lockard, K.M., (2018). Psychosocial evaluation of candidates for mechanical circulatory support and risk for adverse post-implantation medical outcomes. Manuscript in preparation. 
  • Steel, J., Smith, T., Hollenberger, J., Phillips, C., Swartz, K. & Rudow, D. (2015).  The Psychosocial and Independent Living Donor Advocate Evaluation and Post-surgery Care of Living Donor. Journal of Clinical Psychology in the Medical Setting 10.1007/s10880-015-9426-7

Is there any additional personal experience you would like to share?

  • I spent years as a young professional trying to navigate clinical practice within the context of my personal faith. It wasn’t until I received great mentorship within an organizational setting where I was taught to effectively integrate faith into social work. I am thankful for those who poured into me and I am honored to be at Grove City enriching the lives of future practitioners.