Lecturer

Christine Holmes

Christine is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, where her dissertation will examine the burden of transnational elder care from the perspective of U.S. diplomats and military overseeing their parents’ care from afar. She hopes to inform aging policy and practice by introducing the hidden support networks and strains of long-distance elder caregivers.

Christine has served internationally as Visiting Faculty for The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, an academic institution of The Banyan, a mental health and homelessness NGO in Chennai, India. Her work included developing a homeless shelter operations manual and a diploma course for homeless shelter coordinators. Christine also led a research team to develop a book on the history of colonial psychiatry in Kerala, India. Previously, she worked in Cambodia as a Regional Teacher Trainer for the Peace Corps, and an advisor to the Harpswell Foundation, the Youth with Disabilities Foundation for Education and Employment, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Christine’s clinical practice began at a diversion program of The New York Foundling where she delivered Functional Family Therapy in the South Bronx. Christine went on to support families as a case manager in D.C.’s juvenile justice system, the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Christine discovered her passion for family caregiving while managing adult guardianship cases at the D.C. Superior Court’s Guardianship Assistance Program. Afterward, she provided distance-counseling to adult child and spousal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias for the NYU Caregiver Intervention study.

Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Arizona State University, and her Masters in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work.