Faculty and Staff Profiles

The Social Work program consists of a dedicated team of faculty, instructors and staff who are committed to the education and growth of Social Work students at NEIU. 

Patricia Aguado
Patricia
Aguado
Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 403: Generalist Practice I
SWK 405: Generalist Practice II
SWK 491: Advanced Research I
SWK 492: Advanced Research II
SWK 495: Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK 496: Advanced Field Practicum II
Research Interests
Health Disparities, HIV & AIDS, Mental Health, Immigrant and Minority Health, Risk Behaviors, and Substance Use
Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

MSW, New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Background

Dr. Aguado earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a bilingual/bicultural clinical social worker with more than 15 years of practice and research experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her research interests focus on the social and cultural determinants of sexual health and retention in HIV care.

LWH 3043
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4760
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Jacqueline Anderson
Jacqueline
R.
Anderson
Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor, Director of BSW Program
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4767
Expertise
Trauma, Homelessness, Mental Health, Supervision and Leadership in Social Services, Feminist therapy
Courses Taught
SWK 353: Field Seminar I
SWK 354: Field Seminar II
SWK 314: Social Work Advocacy
Research Interests
Women and Trauma, Women and Homelessness
Education

Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work, 2009; M.S.W., Loyola School of Social Work, 1998; B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Psychology, 1990

Selected Publications

A Foot in Each World: Identity Complexity in Impinging Environments

Background

Director of Clinical Services, Deborah’s Place, 2000-2010.

Additional Information

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Ethical Practice in Social Services.” Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW). December 2013

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Trauma-Informed Services.” Deborah’s Place. November 2013.

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Motivational Interviewing.” Deborah’s Place. October 2013

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Evidence-Based Case Management Best Practices. Casa Central. July 2013 

Anderson, Jacqueline. “The Recovery Model of Mental Health.” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute. Heartland Alliance. May 13, 2011

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Your Silence Will Not Protect You.” Take Back the Night Event. Northeastern Illinois University. December 9, 2010

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Gender-Responsive Housing.” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute. Heartland Alliance. September 17, 2010

Anderson, Jacqueline “Dare to Lead: Leadership and Supervision Training.” Build Inc., November 9, 2007

Anderson, J., and Lundy, M. “Empowering Women Across Diverse Settings and Circumstances: Challenging Perceptions Regarding Women’s Roles and Relationships. Loyola University. November, 2007

Anderson, Jacqueline. “Feminist Principles and Women’s Rights.” Mount Carmel High School. October, 2007

Midwest Harm Reduction Institute. Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Deborah’s Place. February, 2007

Midwest Harm Reduction Institute. Motivation Interviewing and Advanced Harm Reduction. Deborah’s Place. November, 2006

Anderson, Jacqueline. The Six Stages of Clinical Supervision. Field Instructor Conference. Loyola University of Chicago. October 28, 2005.

Anderson, Jacqueline. Race Matters. Trilogy Mental Health Center, Chicago, Illinois. November 18, 2004.   

Anderson, Jacqueline. The Fundamentals of Supervision. Franciscan

Outreach Ministries. Chicago, Illinois. April 14, 2003.

LWH 3074
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4767
Office Hours
TR: 4-5:30 p.m.
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
Andrew Brake
Andrew
Brake
Ph.D., MSW
Assistant Professor, Curriculum Specialist: Introduction to Social Work
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5531
Expertise
Social work in schools; youth development, leadership, and mentorship; school transition; 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 305: Social Work Practice II
SWK 309: Research & Quantitative Application in Social Work
SWK 321: Social Work Practice in Schools
SWK 433: Advanced Practice with Children, Youth, and Families
Research Interests
Relationship-building practices in schools; School social work leadership and capacity-building; School, agency, and community partnerships
Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

MSW, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

M.A., Sociology, New School for Social Research

B.A., Sociology, DePaul University

Selected Publications

Brake, A. (2019). Right from the start: Critical Classroom Practices for Building Teacher–Student Trust in the First 10 Weeks of Ninth Grade. The Urban Review, 1-22.

Brake, A., & Kelly, M. S. (2019). Camaraderie, Collaboration, and Capacity Building: A Qualitative Examination of School Social Workers in a Year Long Professional Learning Community. The Qualitative Report, 24(4), 667-692.

Kelly, M. S., Key, W., Brake, A., Cortes, M. & Wardzala, S. (2017). Educator professional learning communities (PLCs) for improving academic, social, and behavioral outcomes in K-12 schools: A systematic review (Accepted title). The Campbell Collaboration, 1-9. 

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., & Kelly, M. (January, 2018). Structured, sustained, and reciprocal: Evidence-informed capacity building in Chicago’s School Social Work Professional Learning Community Project. Presentation at the 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D.C.

Brake, A. (November, 2017). Right from the start: Timing, trajectories, and teacher-student trust in the transition to high school. Invited workshop presentation for the Continuing Education Program at the University of Missouri Saint Louis, School of Social Work, Saint Louis, Mo.

Brake, A. & Omer, F. (March, 2016). Plugging the pipeline from within: School social work leadership and data driven discipline reform. Presentation at the annual meeting of the School Social Work Association of America National Conference, Baltimore, Md.

Background

Andrew Brake is an assistant professor in the NEIU Social Work program and has more than eighteen years of experience working for an array of youth agencies and public high schools in Chicago. He received his Ph.D. and MSW from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. At NEIU, Dr. Brake has developed the Introduction to Social Work curriculum and teaches in both the BSW and MSW programs. His research examines how trust and collaboration shape teacher-student relationships and teaching and social work practice in schools in improving policies, practices, and partnerships in urban public schools. Most recently, Dr. Brake was Co-Principal Investigator for the School Mental Health Professional Learning Community Project, a two-year qualitative examination of a professional learning community designed specifically for school social workers in metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Brake’s future teaching, research, and service activities aim to align social work leadership to advance school mental health and school climate initiatives in urban public schools.

LWH 3080
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5531
Office Hours
TBA
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
Crystal Cleggett
Crystal
Cleggett
Instructor, Interim BSW Field Director
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 303: HBSE I
SWK 306: HBSE II
SWK 304: Practice I
SWK 305: Practice II
SWK 353: Field Seminar I
SWK 355: Practicum I
SWK 314: Advocacy
Research Interests
Mental Health in African Americans Adolescents and Education
Education

Loyola University Chicago

Background

Crystal has more than 10 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds. She has extensive experience working within the mental health setting. For nine years she has worked in various departments within the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. Crystal seeks to encourage the development of social work professionals as she believes that this field, with its many facets and ever changing dynamics, is a wonderful journey to embark upon.

LWH 3097
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4760
Office Hours
By appointment
El Centro
Main Campus
Davidson
Kim
L
Davidson
Instructor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 297-1165
Expertise
Women's Issues, Trauma, Homelessness, Social Work Practice
Courses Taught
SWK 353: Field Seminar I
SWK 303: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SWK 306: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Research Interests
Women, Homelessness, Trauma, Harm Reduction, Recovery
Education

Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois At Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work

Background

Has extensive direct practice experience, and is currently employed as a Program Administrator for the Dolores’ Safe Haven and Patty Crowley Apartments of Deborah’s Place

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

(773) 297-1165
Office Hours
Monday 6pm-7pm or by appointment
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
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Courtney Francis
Courtney
L.
Francis
Instructor, Undergraduate Clinical Advisor
Social Work
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
English Language Program
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5872
Expertise
Mentorship of College Students in TESL Clinical Experience; Social Work Research and Evaluation
Courses Taught
ELP 099 - Developmental Writing
SWK 304 - Social Work Practice I
SWK 306 - HBSE II
SWK 309 - Research and Quantitative Applications in Social Work
SWK 310 - Research Practicum I
SWK 311 - Research Practicum II
TESL 330 - Language, Society and Education
TESL 340 - Practices and Procedures
TESL 341 - Principles of Language Teaching
TESL 399 - Clinical Experience in Teaching English as a Second Language
Research Interests
Social Work Systems, Social Work Program Evaluation, Programmatic Impact of Family Social Work Programs on Vulnerable Communities, Impact of Dialect on Academic Writing, History of and Societal Interface with African American Vernacular English, Language Contact, ESL policy in American Schools, Effective Methods of Teaching Writing in Inner City Schools.
Education

Bachelor’s Degree: Brown University, Major: Economics, Minor: Urban Studies.

Master’s Degree: University of Chicago, Social Service Administration and Policy.

Master’s Degree: Northeastern Illinois University, Teaching English as a Second Language.  

Background

Former elementary school principal on Chicago’s West Side; former program manager at Healthy Families Illinois Program; former Instructor at Robert Morris University; former program director at Drug Free Schools and taught  ESL at the Northeastern El Centro campus in the Community Program for four semesters.

 

Additional Information

Courtney  Francis is a native of NYC and graduate of Brown University (Providence, RI), who came to Chicago for graduate school. Her BA is in Economics with a minor in Urban Studies. Courtney holds a Master's degree from University of Chicago in Social Service Administration and Policy, with a focus in Program Management and Administration. She is one class away from an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics, here at NEIU. Her academic interests include language contact, American English dialect, research in Innovative ESL teaching methods, and English language learner interface with native English speakers in urban settings. Outside interests include swimming, art appreciation, researching her family history, and spending time with her husband, and their  four children, aged 10-20.

In TESL, Courtney Francis teaches TESL 399 (TESL Clinical Experience) and TESL 340 (Practices and Procedures). She also teaches Developmental Writing and select courses in the Social Work Department and taught four semesters of ESL at the Northeastern El Centro campus.

LWH 3067
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5872
Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Main Campus
Dr. Casey Holtscheider smiles into the camera while wearing a blue Northeastern T-shirt.
Casey
Holtschneider
Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Studies and Research
(773) 442-4760
Expertise
Youth homelessness; youth development; trauma
Courses Taught
SWK 207: Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 357: Social Welfare Policy II
SWK 403: Generalist Practice I
SWK 405: Generalist Practice II
SWK 406: Social Welfare Policy
SWK 407: Social Work Research
SWK 432: Family Centered Policy
SWK 434: Child Welfare Policy
SWK 441: Empowerment and Change
SWK 472: Trauma Treatment
SWK 473: Special Topics in Advocacy
SWK 495/496: Advanced Field Practicum
Research Interests
Youth housing models; expressive therapies; housing policy; structural social work practice
Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S.W., University of Michigan

B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

Mattaini, M.A., & Holtschneider, C. (2017). Collective leadership and circle processes: Not invented here. The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 126-141

Mattaini, M. A., & Holtschneider, C. (2016). Foundations of social work practice: A graduate text (5th ed.). Washington, DC:  NASW Press.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). From independence to interdependence: Redefining outcomes for transitional living programs for youth experiencing homelessness. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 97, 160-170.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). A part of something: The importance of transitional living programs within a Housing First framework for youth experiencing homelessness. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 204-215.

Selected Exhibitions

Holtschneider, C. (2018). Addressing hunger, housing instability and homelessness on campus. Pride Action Tank, Housing Instability in Higher Education Convening. Chicago, Ill.

Holtschneider, C. (2017). Building power: Community, resistance, and the role of social work. Chicago Social Worker Collective. Chicago, Ill.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). It saved my life: From homelessness to community with youth in transitional living. Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). Rethinking aftercare: Experiences of youth exiting housing programs. Oral presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Holtschneider, C. (2015). The impact of transitional living programs: Perspectives of homeless youth. Oral presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program, Denver, Colo.

 

Background

Dr. Casey Holtschneider is an assistant professor of social work at NEIU and has spent the last 20 years working with young people experiencing homelessness. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago where her dissertation research investigated the long-term impact of housing and support services for youth in situations of homelessness. Her findings raised critical concerns with regard to: the systemic barriers and further harm youth experience when accessing services; the prioritization and quality of those services; and the continued structural violence that leads to and perpetuates poverty and homelessness for youth. In effort to take action on these findings, Dr. Holtschneider teamed up with a group of former participants in, and directors of, homeless youth services in Chicago and together they founded the LYTE Collective where she currently serves as executive director. Dr. Holtschneider is the co-author of Foundations of Social Work Practice: A Graduate Text (5th ed.) and her present research focuses on improving services for young people through the implementation of intervention models that are youth-driven, evidence-guided, and grounded in anti-oppressive practice.

 

Additional Information

State of Illinois Licensure, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LWH 3001
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4760
Office Hours
TBD
Main Campus
Aimee Hilado Villalpando smiles into the camera.
Aimee
Hilado Villalpando
PhD, LCSW
Curriculum Specialist: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5881
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 304 Social Work Practice I
SWK-305 Social Work Practice II
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)
SWK-430 Social Work Practice with Families
SWK-433 Social Work Practice with Children, Youth & Families
SWK-470 Immigrant Practice
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

Ford-Paz, R.E., DeCarlo Santiago, C., Coyne, Rivera, C., Guo, S., Rusch, D., St. Jean, N., Hilado, A., & Cicchetti, C. (2019). You're Not Alone: A public health response to immigrant/refugee distress in the current sociopolitical context. American Psychological Association

Hilado, A., Leow, C., & Yang, Y. (2019). Understanding Immigration Trauma and  the Potential of Home Visiting Among Immigrant and Refugee Families. ZERO TO THREE Stories from the Field, 38, 117-133.

Hilado, A., Leow, C., & Yang, Y. (2018). Baby TALK- RefugeeOne Randomized Controlled Trial: A study examining the impact of home visitation among refugee and immigrant families. Submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) Registry.

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

Lundy, M. & Hilado, A. (2017). Transnational practice as the client’s process: Reorienting practice. In A. Hilado & M. Lundy (Eds).  Models for Practice with Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration, Cultural Awareness and Integrative Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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).

Selected Exhibitions

2019

Hilado, A., Annan, J., & Firchow, P. Evidence-based approaches to working with conflict-affected populations. University of Chicago, Keller Center. Chicago, IL (Dec. 3)

2019

Cervantes, W., Usry, L., Hilado, A. & Norona, C.R.  Understanding the impact of immigration policies on families at the border, local immigrant communities and across early childhood programs. ZERO TO THREE Issue Intensive Session. Hollywood, FL. (Oct. 4)

2019

Hilado, A. & Rich.T. Opportunities to Address Trauma and Other Stressors for Immigrant Families through Home Visiting Programs. Migration Policy Institute. Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2)

2019

Rusch, D., Ford-Paz, R., Hilado, A., Quinonez, V., Ferrera, M., Rivera, C., Coyne, C. & Cabrera, T. Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of All Immigrants: Chicago’s Local Response to Increased Distress in the Current Sociopolitical Climate. Paper presented at the SCRA Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action. Chicago, IL. (Jun. 26)

2019

Hilado, A.  Trauma and Refugee Children. Canada Series: Saskatchewan Early Childhood Mental Health Provincial Network. International webinar. (May 17)

2019

Hilado, A. & Chu, A. Supporting infant-early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) among very young children of immigrant and refugee status. South Carolina Mental Health Association. Statewide webinar. (May 16)

Background

Aimee Hilado, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and academic researcher specializing in immigration trauma and immigrant/refugee mental health. Dr. Hilado is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University where she teaches and conducts research on the importance of early development, early childhood and adult mental health, social support, and culturally-sensitive clinical practice with immigrants and refugees. She is also the Founding Clinical Director of the RefugeeOne Wellness Program, a mental health program established in 2011 for immigrants and refugees at the largest refugee resettlement agency in Chicago.

Additionally, Dr. Hilado continues to present nationally and publish in the areas of mental health, home visiting, and culturally sensitive clinical practice; her most recent edited book is Models for Practice With Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration, Cultural Awareness, and Integrative Theory. She has played key roles in community organizing and advocacy, selected as a ZERO TO THREE Fellow, cofounding the Illinois Refugee Mental Health Task Force; serving as co-chair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, Refugee and Immigrant Policy Workgroup; and training Mental Health First Responders as part of the citywide Chicago Is With You Task Force.

Additional Information

State of Illinois Licensure, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LWH 3075
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5881
Office Hours
TBA
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
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Melissa
Iverson
Instructor, Field Seminar Instructor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773)442-3097
Courses Taught
SWK 207: Policy I
SWK 310: Practicum I
SWK 311: Practicum II
Research Interests
Non-profit management; Non-profit philanthropy; Health Care
Education

Masters of Social Work- Loyola University Chicago

Masters of Arts- Gender Studies- Loyola University, Chicago

 

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

(773)442-3097
Office Hours
Thursdays 5-6:30pm or by appointment
El Centro
Main Campus
Jin Kim
Jin
Kim
PhD, JD
Curriculum Specialist: Social Welfare Policy
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4875
Courses Taught
SWK 207 – Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 357 – Social Welfare Policy II
SWK 310 – Research Practicum I
SWK 311 – Research Practicum II
Research Interests
Social Policy, Aging Policy, Elder Law, Public Program Participation Among the Elderly (Supplemental Security Income, Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Food Stamps), Health Outcomes and Health Service Utilization Among the Elderly, Elder Abuse
Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D.: Social Welfare, Applied Economics (Minor)

Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., M.S.W.: Law, Social Work

Cornell University, A.B.: Government, Sociology

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

(773) 442-4875
Office Hours
By Appointment
El Centro
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
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Maribel
Lopez
MSW
Instructor, Field Seminar Instructor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 600-2194
Expertise
Concentration in Children and Families
Courses Taught
SWK 303: HBSE I, SWK 306: HBSE II, SWK 353: Field Seminar I, SWK 354: Field Seminar II, SWK 310: Practicum I, SWK 311: Practicum II
Research Interests
Latinas and Higher Education
Education

National Louis University, Chicago IL., Ed.D Adult Education Program

Jane Adams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Social Work

Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, Bachelors of Social Work 

Morton College, Cicero, Illinois, Associates in Liberal Arts

Truman College, Chicago, Illinois, Basic Certificate in Earl Childhood Ed.

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

(773) 600-2194
Office Hours
By Appointment
El Centro
Main Campus
Job E. Ngwe
Job
E.
Ngwe
Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4764
Expertise
Prevention Resource
Courses Taught
SWK 202: Community Analyses
SWK 309: Research and Quantitative Applications in Social Work
SWK 310: Practicum I
SWK 311: Practicum II
Research Interests
Youth violence prevention, youth development
Education

Ph.D. (Public Health), M.Ed. (Education), B.Ed. (Education)

Selected Publications

Ngwe, J. E. (2013). Social Work Research Methods: An Invitation. Boston, MA: Pearson publishing company (ISBN-13: 978-1-269-56132-7. USA: Pearson publishing company

Ngwe, J. E. (2011). Social Work Research Practicum: A Step-by-Step Planning Handbook (Second edition). Boston, MA: Pearson publishing company (ISBN 0-536-29551-4). USA: Pearson publishing company

Ngwe, J. E. (2010). Social Work Research Practicum II: A User-friendly Data Analysis and Statistics Handbook (Second edition). USA: Pearson publishing company

Ngwe, J. E. (2007). Social Work Research Practicum II: A User-friendly Data Analysis and Statistics Handbook”. Boston, MA: Pearson publishing company (ISBN 0-536-338-124)

Ngwe, J. E. (2006). Social Work Research Practicum: A Step-by-Step Planning Handbook. Boston, MA: Pearson publishing company (ISBN 0-536-29551-4).

Ngwe, J. E. & Elechi, O. O. (2013). Human Trafficking: The modern day slavery of the 21st century. African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies: AJCJS, 6 (1 & 2): 95-112

Elechi, O. O., Okosun, T. Y. & Ngwe, J. E. (2007). Factors Vitiating Against the Effectiveness of the Nigerian Police in Combating the Criminal Exploitation of Children and Women. African Journal of Criminology & Justice Studies (AJCJS), 3(1): 1-49.

Eisuke, S., Ngwe, J. E., & Flay, B. R. (2005). Evaluation of the effects of the Aban Aya Youth Project in reducing violence among African American adolescent males using Latent Class Growth Mixture Modeling Techniques. Evaluation Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research, 29(2): 128-148.

Ngwe, J. E., Li, Q., Flay, B. R., & Eisuke, S. (2004). Violence prevention among African American Adolescent Males: Test of mediating mechanisms. American Journal of Health Behavior, 28(Supplement 1): 24-37.

Ngwe, J. E. (1999). Peer Mediation in Elementary Schools: Toward a comprehensive framework. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois

Ngwe, J. E. (1987). Assessment of education needs of health educators in Manitoba, Unpublished master's thesis, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Ngwe, J. E. (1987). Education Needs of Health Educators in Manitoba. Journal of Education Administration and Foundation, 2 (1): 55-60 (ED# 164 746)

LWH 3078
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4764
Office Hours
Tuesday: 1-2:30 p.m.
Main Campus
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Donald
M
Waddell
Instructor
Social Work
African and African American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
(773)442-4760
Expertise
I have worked in the Social Service field for over 20+ years. I earned my undergraduate degree in Communications in 1988 from Wilberforce University and earned my Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001 from The University of Chicago. In these years in the Social Service field I have served a wide range of underserved populations. I have expertise and extensive experience in individual/group counseling/therapy, workshops, trainings, consulting and program/curriculum development
Courses Taught
SWK 200: Intro to Social Work
SWK 250: Issues in Social Service Delivery
SWK 250: Social Work Issues and Delivery Models/African American Males
SWK 303: HBSE I
SWK 304: Practice I
SWK 305: Practice II
SWK 314: Social Work Advocacy
SWK 327: Social Work with Families
SWK 328: Social Work with Groups
SWK 353: Field Seminar I
SWK 354: Field Seminar II
SWK 356: Practicum II
AFAM 200: Intro to African/African American Studies
Research Interests
African American Fathers Diabetes, Youth, Headstart
Education

Wilberforce University (BA) The University of Chicago (MA)

Selected Publications

IMAGES: A Collection of Poetry featuring poems by D. Maurice Waddell Volume 1 is available on Amazon.com and createspace.com/3717413



DONSONGS: An Anthology of Literary Sound Volume 2 is available on https://www.createspace.com/4126373


365: Imprints of a Beautiful Mind 
Volume 3 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-0607373-2363401?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=365+imprints+of+a+beautiful+mind+by+d+Maurice+Waddell

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5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773)442-4760
Office Hours
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Curriculum Vitae
Welcome to the NEIU Social Work Program!

Welcome message from the Social Work Program Chair

Job Elom NgweA logo image with a white capital N on a blue background with the words Social Work Thirty Years

Welcome to the Social Work Department at Northeastern Illinois University. It is an exciting time for our program and for the University as we strive to prepare competent professional social workers for the challenges ahead. Part of our mission is to continue to disseminate knowledge and engage our communities. We invite you to join us. We have both baccalaureate (BSW) and master's (MSW) programs in our department. Our BSW program has been continuously reaffirmed every eight years since 1988. Our MSW program received its initial accreditation in 2019 and will be reaffirmed in 2023. Our BSW program is probably the second largest major in the College of Arts and Sciences and our BSW and MSW are the fastest growing programs in the college.

Our dedicated faculty are recognized for their exceptional teaching, research, mentorship, service and scholarship in a variety of areas: clinical social work practice, policy, research, supervision, child welfare, public health, domestic violence, trauma, homelessness, school social work, social activism, and so on. This faculty continuously engage with state and private agencies to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of the most vulnerable and underserved populations among us. Many thanks for the many ways these professors support and enhance our programs and our college.

Our student interns are placed in a variety of social service settings including nursing homes, schools, homeless shelters, hospitals, mental health facilities, juvenile justice systems, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, domestic violence shelters, and so on. Together, our interns in the BSW and MSW programs provide more than 90,000 hours of service per year to our local agencies through our signature pedagogy, the field education. 

Learn more about our history, our mission and the amazing career opportunities in the social work field.

Sincerely, 
Job Ngwe, PhD., MSW, M.Ed.
Department Chair and Professor


Our History

Since 1988, our Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.S.W.) Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE accreditation signifies that our B.S.W. program meets nationally accepted standards in eight areas:

  • Mission, goals and objectives
  • Curriculum governance, structure and resources
  • Faculty
  • Student professional development
  • Non-discrimination and human diversity
  • Program renewal
  • Program assessment and continuous improvement

Our Mission 

The Social Work Program’s mission is to produce generalist practitioners who are prepared for entry-level social work positions and admission into graduate schools of social work. Our students become critical thinkers, gaining social work values, professional identities and knowledge through self-reflection and service learning. The NASW Code of Ethics highlights the core values that govern our work and program curriculum, which is integrated into both the undergraduate and graduate programs. 

We train a diverse student body to engage with their own strengths and the strengths of diverse communities. We emphasize the intersections among this diversity across local and global contexts to promote social justice and human rights. As the only publicly funded B.S.W. and M.S.W. program in the Chicago area, Northeastern provides affordable, socially responsible and community-based, quality undergraduate social work education. 

Career Opportunities in Social Work

Careers opportunities in social work are numerous and include such areas as mental health; health services; substance abuse; school social work; local, state and federal government; corrections; homelessness outreach and services; services in international settings; domestic violence treatment and prevention; hospice services; and many others. After the completion of Northeastern’s Social Work Program, social work graduates are regularly offered positions by the agency at which they completed their field practicum.

If you have any questions about your educational opportunities in Northeastern’s Social Work Program, please feel free to contact our office at (773) 442-4760 or at csbudd@neiu.edu.

Accreditations

Northeastern Illinois University Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and offers a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work.

Accreditation of the​ baccalaureate social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program

NEIU​'s Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1988​. Our current accreditation document can be found below.

NEIU's Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program has been accredited since February 2019.

For more information about the accreditation process, please review the information on CSWE's website.

Judith Rocha
Judith
Rocha, Ph.D., MSW
Interim MSW Director
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 580-3302 (mobile - preferred) (773) 442-4763 (office)
Expertise
Dementia family caregiver well-being; Alzheimer’s disease in the Latinx/a/o community; Art benefits in the elder population
Courses Taught
SWK 415: Foundation Field Practicum I
SWK 416: Foundation Field Practicum II
SWK 495: Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK 496: Advanced Field Practicum II
Research Interests
Culturally responsive practices & interventions; the Chicago-based Mexican experience
Education

Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

MSW, Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

BSW, Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Publications

Balbim, G.M., Marques, I.G., Cortez, C., Magallanes, M., Rocha, J., Marquez, D.X. (2019). Coping strategies utilized by middle-aged and older Latino caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology 34(4) 355-371. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10823-019-09390-8.

Magaña, S. M., & Rocha, J. S. (2016, March 1). Aging in a Latino World [Review of the book Latinos in an Aging World: Social, Psychological and Economic Perspectives, by R. J. Angel & J. L. Angel]. The Gerontologist, 56(2), 372-374. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw041

O’Grady, C., & Rocha, J. S. (2016). Social work practice with Latinos: A review of the literature. TS Cuadernos de Trabajo Social No 15. Retrieved from http://www.tscuadernosdetrabajosocial.cl/index.php/TS/article/view/95  

Selected Exhibitions

Rocha, J. S. (2019). ¡Oh! ¿Y ahora quien podrá ayudarnos? An aging society and its reliance on caregiving. Invited keynote presentation at the Latino Social Worker Organization Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rocha, J. S. (2017). By Caring for Myself: A Promotora Intervention for Latino Families of Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In R. Shaffert (Chair), Family support spotlight: Supporting caregivers, expressive art and parents with disabilities. Oral presentation at The Arc National Convention, San Diego, CA.

Rocha, J. S. (2017). Caring of Caregivers Organically (CoCO): Health Education for Latina Family Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia – Phase I Findings. Oral presentation at the Latin American Studies Association Conference, Lima, Peru.

Rocha, J. S. (2016). Predictors of Depression in Latina Mothers of Youth and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: An Overview of Baseline Data for a Health Promotion Intervention. Poster presentation at the Society of Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Background

Dra. Judith Susan Rocha is an assistant professor of Social Work and currently serves as the Interim Program Director of the Master's of Social Work program at NEIU. As a proud Chicago Public Schools alumna, she is a strong believer and advocate for quality public education. All her social work degrees were completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work. As a Mexicana born in Chicago and raised in the Little Village and Gage Park neighborhoods (both Chicago working class ethnic enclaves), by a hard-working single mother and loving older siblings, all Mexican-born; Dra. Rocha has always been interested in helping Latinx/a/o families navigate systems in order to have full access to a more just and prosperous life. Her work in the last 20 years has included parenting education and counseling for children and families in the southwest and southeast sides of Chicago, where resources are oftentimes few and opportunities for a higher quality of life can be challenging to reach. With input from dementia family caregivers, content area experts, service providers and other stakeholders, she developed Caring of Caregivers Organically (CoCO), a culturally responsive health education program for Latinas that are caring for a family member with dementia. The intervention aims to address the higher risk of developing health conditions such as depression and reduced overall health in this population. As a caregiver herself, providing care for her mother that was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a decade ago, there is a personal passion and commitment to this work. She is invested in finding practical ways for family members providing care to someone with this complex disease, to stay healthy. Included in her service to the community is a program called La BROCHA which she co-founded, that carries out free art workshops and activities for the Latinx community with a focus on elders 60 years of age and older. More recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she began co-facilitating the support group ANCLA for Spanish-speaking individuals that provide care to a loved one living with dementia. 

Social work is not only a career for her but a way of life. She started as an aviation flight major at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995, never imagining the heights she would reach in the Social Work field as a Ph.D., a couple decades later, in her beloved city of Chicago.

Additional Information

Licensed Clinical Social Work – Illinois

(773) 580-3302 (mobile - preferred) (773) 442-4763 (office)
Office Hours
Email for office hours
Main Campus
Casey Holtschneider
Casey
Holtschneider
Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4775
Expertise
Youth homelessness; youth development; trauma
Courses Taught
SWK 207: Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 357: Social Welfare Policy II
SWK 403: Generalist Practice I
SWK 405: Generalist Practice II
SWK 406: Social Welfare Policy
SWK 407: Social Work Research
SWK 432: Family-Centered Policy
SWK 434: Child Welfare Policy
SWK 441: Empowerment and Change
SWK 472: Trauma Treatment
SWK 473: Special Topics in Advocacy
SWK 495/496: Advanced Field Practicum
Research Interests
Youth housing models; expressive therapies; housing policy; structural social work practice
Education

PhD, Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

MSW, University of Michigan

BA in Psychology and BA in Sociology, University of Michigan

Selected Publications

Mattaini, M. A., & Holtschneider, C. (2016). Foundations of social work practice: A graduate text (5th ed.). Washington, DC:  NASW Press.

Mattaini, M.A., & Holtschneider, C. (2017). Collective leadership and circle processes: Not invented here. The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 126-141

Holtschneider, C. (2016). From independence to interdependence: Redefining outcomes for transitional living programs for youth experiencing homelessness. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 97, 160-170.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). A part of something: The importance of transitional living programs within a Housing First framework for youth experiencing homelessness. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 204-215.

Selected Exhibitions

Holtschneider, C. (2018). Addressing hunger,housing instability and homelessness on campus. Pride Action Tank, Housing Instability in Higher Education Covening. Chicago, IL

Holtschneider,C. (2017). Building Power: Community, resistance, and the role of social work. Chicago Social Work Collective. Chicago, IL.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). It saved my life: From homelessness to community with youth in transitional living. Invited webinar, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Holtschneider, C. (2016). Rethinking aftercare: Experiences of youth exiting housing programs. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Holtschneider, C. (2015). The impact of transitional living programs: Perspectives of homeless youth. Oral presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program, Denver, CO.

Background

Dr. Casey Holtschneider is an assistant professor of Social Work at NEIU and has spent the last 20 years working with young people experiencing homelessness. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago where her dissertation research investigated the long-term impact of housing and support services for youth in situations of homelessness. Her findings raised critical concerns with regard to: the systemic barriers and further harm youth experience when accessing services; the prioritization and quality of those services; and the continued structural violence that leads to and perpetuates poverty and homelessness for youth. In effort to take action on these findings, Dr. Holtschneider teamed up with a group of former participants in, and directors of, homeless youth services in Chicago and together they founded the LYTE Collective where she currently serves as executive director. Dr. Holtschneider is the co-author of Foundations of Social Work Practice: A Graduate Text (5th ed.) and her present research focuses on improving services for young people through the implementation of intervention models that are youth-driven, evidence-guided, and grounded in anti-oppressive practice.

Additional Information

Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Illinois

LWH 3001
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4775
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Aissetu Ibrahima
Aissetu
B
Ibrahima
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 402- Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SWK 404 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SWK 415 – Field Practicum I
SWK 415 – Field Practicum II
SWK 432 – Family Centered Policy
Research Interests
Indigenous social work, community health, health disparities, maternal health
Education

Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S., Social Work, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

B.A., Sociology and Social Administration, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Selected Publications

Ibrahima, A. B. (2017). 16 Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). Transforming Society: Strategies for Social Development from Singapore, Asia and Around the World91, 229.

Ibrahima, A. B., & Mattaini, M. A. (2018). Social work in Africa: Decolonizing methodologies and approaches. International Social Work,  0020872817742702.

Additional Information

Aissetu Barry Ibrahima got her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Dr. Aissetu has more than 10 years of post-master's social work field experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and care, community health, education, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, addiction, and monitoring and evaluation in Ethiopia as well as the U.S. Dr. Aissetu’s research area can fall under community health and grassroots development. Her research broadly examines indigenous knowledge and cultural relevance in social services, and international polices, and health disparities in maternal health service provision and utilization. 

LWH 3073
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4760
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Patricia Aguado
Patricia
Aguado
Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 403: Generalist Practice I
SWK 405: Generalist Practice II
SWK 491: Advanced Research I
SWK 492: Advanced Research II
SWK 495: Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK 496: Advanced Field Practicum II
Research Interests
Health Disparities, HIV & AIDS, Mental Health, Immigrant and Minority Health, Risk Behaviors, and Substance Use
Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

MSW, New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Background

Dr. Aguado earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a bilingual/bicultural clinical social worker with more than 15 years of practice and research experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her research interests focus on the social and cultural determinants of sexual health and retention in HIV care.

LWH 3043
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4760
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Dr. Resto
Angel
D.
Resto-Gallardo
Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4760
Courses Taught
SWK 310: Research Practicum I
SWK 311: Research Practicum II
Research Interests
I am research-oriented professional in Management. Areas of interest include: Entrepreneurship; Identifying critical needs and areas for improvement in the handling of knowledge and technology; Defining and integrating best practices in sustainable businesses; Leveraging corporate wide knowledge; Integrating Knowledge Management needs and approaches with the strategic planning process in technology driven businesses; Fostering a culture that reinforces the creation, retrieval, sharing, and use of knowledge; and Building social and human networks that foster the sharing of knowledge in global perspective.
Education

Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University, Minessota

MBA in Finance, Inter American University, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Territory of Puerto Rico, USA.

BA in Economics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, Territory of Puerto Rico, USA.

LWH 3077
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-4760
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus