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Program Director, MSW Program, Associate Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Urban youth, trauma-informed practice, restorative justice, traditional and non-traditional community mental health, violence prevention, reentry, addictions, boys and men of color, urban social work
Courses Taught 
SWK 400: Overview of the Social Work Profession
SWK 430: Transition to the Advanced Curriculum
Research Interests 
Community-based interventions with urban youth, returning citizens, and veterans and veteran families; trauma-informed practices and restorative justice

Ed.D., Doctorate of Education Curriculum Studies, DePaul University School of Education, Chicago, Illinois

M.S.W., Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work, Chicago, Illinois

B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Publications 

Harden, T., Kenemore, T., Mann, K., Martinson, K. & Edwards, M. (2015). Addressing trauma through a youth-led, trauma-informed, restorative framework. Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work, (32)1, 65-79. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-014-0366-0

Harden, T. (2015). Merging practice and policy by restoring the social imagination. NASW Networker Magazine.  February 2015, Chicago, Illinois.

Harden, T. (2014).  Street-life oriented African American males and violence as a public health concern. (24)6, 678-693, DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2014.930300

Harden, T. & Walton, L. (2012).  Hoops and healing:  The use of athletics for youth involved in recovery.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.  (30)3, DOI:10.1080/07347324.2012.690702

Hall, D., Kenemore, T. & Harden, T. (2011). Social Work and Advocacy: A case example. NASW Networker Magazine.  Chicago, Illinois.

Brown, S., Garvey, T. & Harden, T.  (2011) A sporting chance: Using athletics and social work with groups for urban youth.  Groupwork (21) 3, 62-77. DOI 095182411X636563.

Harden, T. (2009). Issues of Identity, Place, and Praxis for a Black Man as a Service-Learning Educator in a Predominantly White Institution. African Americans and Community Engagement, Evans, S., Taylor, C., Dunlap, M., & Miller, D., Eds.  SUNY Press, NY.

Selected Exhibitions 

(Harden, 2016) Mentoring when it matters: Engaging youth in mentoring, trauma-informed care and justice, presented at the Illinois Mentoring Partnership Research Symposium, Country Club Hills, Illinois (May 26th)

(Harden, T. & Henry, Y., 2016). Interrupting systemic violence, symposium at Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (April 7th)

(Harden, 2016) Systemic Violence, Race, and Social Trauma.  Public lecture presented at Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (April 6th)

(Harden, 2016) African American males and trauma informed care, public lecture presented for University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (January 19th)

(Harden, 2014) Restoring Community: Race, Trauma and Healing, Annual Anti-racism lecture at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (June)

(Harden, 2013) Project MENTOR: A holistic health mentoring program, presented at Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, Texas (October)


Troy Harden, EdD, LCSW, has over 25 years experience serving and consulting in social service and community settings. Dr. Harden currently serves as the Director of Northeastern Illinois University’s Master of Social Work Program, where is also  an Associate Professor.  His specialization areas include in trauma and traditional and non-traditional interventions within community settings.  He has worked as a clinician, administrator, educator, activist and community practitioner concerning community issues in diverse settings.  Dr. Harden served as a consultant with such diverse institutions as the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Appraisal Institute, the Pan African Association, the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention and Burrell Communications, and concerning the development of Cook County’s Project Brotherhood, a Men’s Health Clinic.  He is currently a Co-Principal Investigator with DePaul University’s Multifaith Veterans Support Project, an initiative in the state of Illinois to engage the faith community in supporting veterans.  He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Master of Social Work program, and received his doctorate from DePaul University’s School of Education, specializing in curriculum studies.

Additional Information 

State of Illinois Licensure, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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