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Edward R. Canda Ph.D.

School of Social Welfare - Social Welfare
Coordinator of KU Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Initiative
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 203
University of Kansas
1545 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129

Professor Canda has been on the faculty of the KU School of Social Welfare since 1989. He has more than 150 publications and numerous presentations nationally and internationally, especially pertaining to issues of spirituality, cultural diversity, and resilience for health and mental health. In 2013 he received the Council on Social Work Education Significant Lifetime Achievement Award for innovations in scholarship and education about spiritual diversity and spiritual development.


Ph.D., Social Welfare, The Ohio State University

Master of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Master of Arts, Religious Studies, University of Denver

Masters Level Nondegree Program, Graduate Fellow of East Asian Philosophy, Sung Kyun Kwan University

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Kent State University

Teaching Interests

  • Social Work
  • Human Behavior Theory
  • Spiritual Diversity
  • Cultural Diversity
  • International Social Work
  • Philosophy of Social Welfare
  • Social Welfare in East Asia
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Study Abroad

Research Interests

  • Social Work
  • Spiritual Diversity
  • Cultural Diversity
  • International Social Work
  • Philosophy of Social Welfare
  • Social Welfare in East Asia
  • Health Resilience
  • Mental Health Recovery

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