Andrew Brake, Ph.D, MSW
Curriculum Specialist: Introduction to Social Work
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760 ext. 5531
Social work in schools; youth development, leadership and mentorship; school transitions and high school reform
Courses Taught
SWK 200: Intro. to Social Work
SWK 207: Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 250: Issues in Social Service Delivery
SWK 303: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
SWK 304: Social Work Practice I
SWK 309: Research & Quantitative Application in Social Work
SWK 321: Social Work Practice in Schools
Research Interests
Relationship-building practices in schools; School social work leadership development; School, agency, and community partnerships

PhD, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

MSW, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

MA, Sociology, New School for Social Research

BA, Sociology, DePaul University

Selected Publications

Brake, A. & Roth, B. (2016). Contemporary Federal Policy and School Social Work: Implications for Practice and Opportunities for Leadership. In Villareal Sosa, L., Cox, T. & Alvarez, M. (Eds.), School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in School. Oxford University Press.

Roth, B. J., Sichling, F., & Brake, A. (2015). Recentering our tendencies: Immigrant youth development and the importance of context in social work research. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 1-12.

Brake, A. & Livingston, L. (2015). Tackling oppression in schools: Orienting skills for school social workers. In Massat, C. R., Kelly, M. S., & Constable, R. T. (Eds.), School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research. (8th edition). Lyceum Books, Incorporated.

Selected Exhibitions

Brake, A. & Omer, F. (2016). Plugging the Pipeline from Within: School Social Work Leadership and Data Driven Discipline Reform. Workshop Presentation at the School Social Work Association of America National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Sichling, F., Brake, A. & Roth, B. (2013). Right from the Start: Teacher-student relationships & the transition to high school in Chicago. Presentation at the ‘Educational Landscapes’ Cooperative Colloquium at Friedrich Alexander University, Nuremberg, Germany.

Brake, A. (2013). Realizing trust in transition: The impact of teacher collaboration & culturally responsive practice on ninth grade immigrant youth. Symposium presentation at the meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.



Andrew Brake holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (SSA), as well as a master’s degree in sociology from the New School for Social Research. As a social work educator, Dr. Brake has over five years of teaching experience in the field of social work as well as over twelve years of experience working for some of Chicago’s leading youth serving and leadership organizations, including the Posse Foundation and Youth Guidance. Dr. Brake’s research broadly examines social and academic supports in urban, public high schools, with a particular interest in the role of relationships in teaching and social work practice, as well as the leadership roles of social workers in schools. As an assistant professor in the NEIU Social Work Program Dr. Brake is the curriculum specialist for the Introduction to Social Work courses. He has also taught a number of courses across the curriculum and is developing course work focused on youth development and social work practice in schools.

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5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

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