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Curriculum Specialist: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise 
Human behavior in the social environment, clinical practice with trauma-exposed immigrants and refugees, early childhood and adult mental health, crisis intervention.
Courses Taught 
SWK 303: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 306: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
SWK 308: Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees I (Intro)
SWK 323: Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees II (Advanced)
SWK 401: Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (Graduate)
Research Interests 
Culturally sensitive interventions for young children and adults with mental health needs, refugee mental health, community-based early intervention models with at-risk families with young children, and program evaluation.
Education 

PhD,  Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Graduated with Distinction, Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, Chicago, Illinois

MSW, Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, Chicago, Illinois, Specialization: Mental Health and Leadership and Development in the Social Services

MS, Master of Science in Applied Child Development, Erikson Institute, Graduate School in Child Development, Chicago, Illinois, Specialization:  Infant Studies

BA, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, Minor:  Communications

Selected Publications 

Hilado, A., & Lundy, M. (Eds.) (2017). Models for Practice with Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration, Cultural Awareness and Integrative Theory. Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks, CA.  

Hilado, A. Leow, C., & Yang, Y. (2016). The Baby TALK Model: A comprehensive review of research efforts to support model efficacy. Submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. 

Hilado, A. & Hong, P.Y. (2016). Social support, economic pursuit and economic stability: Promoting acculturation, employment and overall health and wellbeing among migrant workers. In Q. Xu & L.P. Jordan (Eds).  Migrant Workers: Social Identity, Occupational Challenges and Health Practices. NOVA Science Publishers, Inc. 

Leow, C., Hilado, A., Limlingan, M.C., & Howard, E. (2014). Challenges of planning a birth-to-three evaluation: An early childhood statewide system evaluation. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 12(2), 129-139. doi: 10.1177/14761718X13515430

Hilado, A., Kallemeyn, L., & Phillips, L. (2013). Examining Understandings of Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: Implications for Policies and Practice. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 15 (2), ISSN 1524-5039.

Hilado, A. Leow, C., & Walsh, E. (2013). Baby TALK’s Early Childhood Professionals Program Pilot Study: Innovations and Implications for Early Childhood Teacher Training. Decatur, IL: The Baby TALK Research Series, Summary Report, 1.

Kim, C. & Hilado. A. (2013). Culturally-sensitive clinical social work practice with refugee populations. Gannet Education Publications.

Selected Exhibitions 

Hilado, A. (2017). Culturally-sensitive mental health services with refugee populations: Preparing first responders. Chicago is With You (CWY) Task Force, Mental Health and Wellness Committee Training Initiatives (Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and Mar. 8)

Hilado, A., Garcia-Arena, P.,  & Ejeh, S. (2016, December).  The Importance of Studying a Relationship-Based Home Visiting Model. Poster presented at the 31st Zero to Three Conference. New Orleans, LA (Dec. 10)

Hilado, A. (2016, February). Understanding refugee resettlement: Current context, policies and implications. Presentation to the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter. Chicago, IL. (Feb. 12)

Hilado, A. (2015, October). Trauma-informed mental health services: Building a refugee-centered mental health program within refugee resettlement agencies. National webinar hosted by the National Association of Refugee Health Coordinators, Refugee Wellness Committee. Chicago, IL. (Oct. 15)

Hilado, A. (2015, June). Acknowledge, heal and empower: Strategies for addressing sexual violence among newly arrived refugees in resettlement agencies. Conflict Zones and Zones of Conflict: War, Peace and the Continuum of Sexual Violence in East Africa National Symposium at the Northwestern University. Evanston, IL. (Jun. 12)

Hilado, A. (2014, October). Unaccompanied Child Migrants: Examining the current humanitarian crisis and implications for early childhood mental health. National Webinar hosted by Erikson Institute. Chicago, IL. (Oct. 1)

Hilado, A., Quigg, C., & Widenhofer, D. (2014, December). The impact of home visiting with English and Spanish-speaking families. Field presentation presented at the 29th Zero to Three National Training Institute Conference. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (Dec. 10-13)

Hilado, A., Quigg, C., & Allweiss, S. (2013, December). Access for New Immigrant Children: Early Intervention with Refugee Families using the Baby TALK© model. Field presentation presented at the 28th Zero to Three National Training Institute Conference. San Antonio, Texas. (Dec. 11-14)

Kim, C. & Hilado, A. (2013, November). Multi-dimensional associations of refugee's mental health symptomatology between ethnicity and resettlement process. Paper presented at the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting.  Dallas, TX (Nov.1-3)

Background 

Dr. Aimee Hilado (Villalpando), PhD, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a PhD in Social Work, with Distinction, from Loyola University Chicago and a M.S. in Applied Child Development from Erikson Institute. In her role as Assistant Professor at NEIU, she serves as the Curriculum Specialist in the area of Human Behavior in the Social Environment and also teaches a course on Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees within the Social Work program. Her teaching, research and practice interests are informed by her work in the field over the past eight years. Dr. Hilado is also the Founding Manager of RefugeeOne’s Wellness Program, a mental health program for refugees at one of the largest resettlement agencies in Chicago. She developed the program and has remained the Program’s Manager since June 2011, providing oversight of the daily operations, providing direct clinical services, and providing testimony and consultation on both asylum and criminal cases.  Additionally, Dr. Hilado has been recognized at national conferences including Zero to Three  and the Council on Social Work Education for her practice and research efforts around refugee mental health, early intervention for vulnerable immigrant children and their families, and program evaluation. And she continues to publish in the areas of mental health, trauma, program evaluation and culturally sensitive clinical practice with new immigrant and refugee children and families, including her most recent edited book "Models for Practice with Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration, Cultural Awareness and Integrative Theory." Moreover, Dr. Hilado is the coordinator of the Mental Health First Responder team as part of the Chicago Is With You (CWY) Task Force, Mental Health and Wellness Subcommittee managing  the city-wide effort to train and mobilize mental health providers at to support detainees at O'Hare International Airport, refugee-serving programs, and immigrant communities impacted by the current Administration's policies. 

Additional Information 

State of Illinois Licensure, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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