Catherine   Faver

Professor  

Phone: (956) 665-2628
Email: catherine.faver@utrgv.edu

Dr. Catherine Faver

Dr. Catherine Faver is Professor of Social Work. Her scholarly work focuses on plant-based nutrition, spiritual well-being, and attitudes toward animals and the natural environment.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • animal welfare and human well-being
    • plant-based nutrition
    • spiritual well-being
    • environmental beliefs and attitudes
  • Education

    • PhD, Social Work and Sociology, The University of Michigan, 1979
    • MA, The University of Michigan, 1976
    • MSSW, The University of Texas - Arlington, 1975
    • BA, Hardin-Simmons University, 1973
  • Currently Teaching

    SOCW 6336 90L - Adv Macro Assessment:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Catherine Faver, Xiaohui Wang, and Tina Schiefelbein. "Environmental worldviews among university students in the Texas-Mexico border region," Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences 4, no. 3 (September 2017): 181-188.

  • Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein. "A program to increase dietary consumption of plant-based foods among university students," Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 3, no. 3 (November 2014): 57-63.

  • Catherine Faver and Jacqueline Munoz. "Orientations to nonhuman animal welfare: A view from the border," Society & Animals 22, no. 4 (March 2014): 372-389.

  • Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein. "Sources and dietary consumption of fruits and vegetables among low income Latinos in south Texas," Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 3, no. 1 (March 2014): 47-54.

  • Catherine Faver. "Environmental beliefs and concern about animal welfare: Exploring the connections," Sociology and Social Welfare 40, no. 4 (November 2013): 149-168.

  • Catherine Faver and Jacqueline Munoz. "Environmental concern and action: A view from the border," Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 23, no. 3 (March 2013): 345-355.

  • Catherine Faver and Erika Alanis. "Fostering empathy through stories: A pilot program for special needs adoptive families," Children and Youth Services Review 34, no. 4 (March 2012): 660-665.

  • Catherine Faver. "Seeing ourselves in all: A spiritual perspective on the unity of life," Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work 30, no. 2 (March 2011): 113-124.

  • Catherine Faver. "It is in giving that we receive: The unity principle in everyday life," Counseling and Spirituality 29, no. 2 (2010): 13-32.

  • Catherine Faver. "School-based humane education as a strategy to prevent violence: Review and recommendations," Children & Youth Services Review 32, no. 3 (2010): 365-370.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Catherine Faver. An After School Literacy Program for English Language Learners , Dollar General Literacy Foundation, $3,990.00 (September 2017 - April 2018)

  • Catherine Faver. Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care, Faculty Development Fund Program, (October 2015 - December 2015)

  • Catherine Faver. Increasing Dietary Consumption of Plant-Based Foods: A Pilot Study, UTPA Faculty Research Council, (February 2013 - May 2013)

  • Catherine Faver. Community-Based Research on Plant-Based Nutrition, UTPA College of Health Sciences and Human Services, (September 2012 - May 2013)

  • Catherine Faver. T. Colin Campbell Foundation Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition, UTPA Faculty Development Fund Program, (May 2012 - May 2012)

  • Catherine Faver. School-Based Humane Education in the Rio Grande Valley: A Pilot Study, UTPA Faculty Research Council, ( 2010)

  • Catherine Faver. Women as Leaders and Social Activists, UTPA Faculty Research Council, ( 2003)



Selected Presentations


  • Janet Martinez, Catherine Faver, Patricia Buhidar, Christopher Ledingham, and Maricela Gonzalez. "Humane education for underserved and at risk children: ," Association of Professional Humane Educators, Orlando, Florida (March 2018)

  • Janet Martinez, Catherine Faver, and Patricia Buhidar. "RedRover Readers Program ," National Association for Hispanic and Latino Studies International Research Conference, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • Catherine Faver. "The emergence of therapeutic harp in the U.S.," Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern Plains Region, Edinburg, TX (March 2017)

  • Catherine Faver. "Environmental worldviews in a predominantly Latino student population," National Association for Hispanic and Latino Studies International Research Conference, South Padre Island, TX (October 2016)

  • Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein. "Curbing the obesity epidemic: Facilitating dietary change in a challenging food environment," Annual Conference of the Texas Society for Allied Health Professions, Houston, TX (September 2016)

  • Catherine Faver. "Strength in the storm: Simple strategies for self-care. ," UTRGV Department of Social Work and UTRGV Office of Continuing Education, McAllen, TX (May 2016)

  • Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein. "Social determinants of healthy eating," UTRGV Department of Social Work Research Symposium, Edinburg, TX (March 2016)

  • Catherine Faver. "Changing our minds: Self-care strategies for strength and renewal," Annual Conference of NASW/Texas, Galveston, TX (November 2015)

  • Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein. "Social determinants of healthy eating," UTPA Health Disparities & Health Humanities Interdisciplinary Thematic Scholarly Community, Edinburg, TX (April 2015)

  • Catherine Faver, Xiaohui Wang, and Tina Schiefelbein. "Exploring worldviews: The new ecological paradigm in a UTPA sample," UTPA Environmental Studies Symposium, Edinburg, TX (October 2014)

Current Courses

SOCW 6336 90L - Adv Macro Assessment:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses