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Michael P. Dentato, Ph.D.

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: Lewis Towers 1245

Phone: 312-915-7030

E-mail: mdentato@luc.edu

CV Link: M. Dentato CV 2014


PhD     Loyola University Chicago, 2011
MSW    Fordham University, 1997
BA       Fordham University, 1991

Program Areas

Teaching/Areas of Interest

Dr. Dentato teaches practice, human behavior, policy and non-profit leadership and development courses.  Scholarship and research interests include: sexual minority health disparities and risk behaviors; minority stress theory; substance use and addiction disorders; mental health and public health policy; LGBTQ psychosocial and lifespan development; emerging adulthood; interdisciplinary collaborations; non-profit leadership, service delivery and program evaluation.

Research Interests

Addiction Disorders, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities, Minority Stress Theory, Sexual Risk Behavior, Social Work Student Preparedness

Professional & Community Affiliations

Center on Halsted, Consultant Programs Evaluator

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE), Co-Chair

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, Member
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR)

Test Positive Aware Network, Board of Directors

The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, New York University, Faculty Research Affiliate

The Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation, Advisory Committee Member

The LGBT Caucus of Social Work Faculty & Doctoral Students, Member

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

SOWK 200     Introduction to Social Work
SOWK 305     Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Graduate Courses

SOWK 500      Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 504      Social Work with Individuals & Families II
SOWK 602      Health Policy & Systems
SOWK 605      Human Sexuality & Sexual Dysfunction
SOWK 610H  Social Policy & Practice/Mental Health
SOWK 612      Family Assessment & Intervention
SOWK 616      Psychotherapy with Adults

SOWK 631S    Integrative Practice Seminar
SOWK 650      Staff Management & Development in the Social Services

SOWK 653      Program Management & Development Practice
SOWK 656      Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Populations
SOWK 724      Substance Abuse Treatment in Groups

Selected Publications


Craig, S.L., Dentato, M.P. & Iacovino, G. (2014). Patching holes and integrating  community: A strengths-based continuum of care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. (In Press).

Craig, S.L., Dentato, M.P., Messinger, L. & McInroy, L. (2014). Educational determinants of readiness to practice with LGBTQ clients: Social work students speak out. British Journal of Social Work, 1-20, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu107.

Dentato, M.P.,Orwat, J., Spira, M.K. & Walker, B. (2014). Examining cohort differences and resilience among the aging LGBT community: Implications for education and practice among an expansively diverse population. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(3) 316-328, doi: 10.1080/10911359.2013.831009.

Dentato, M.P. (2014). Queer Communities (Competency and Positionality).NASW Encyclopedia of Social Work, 1-13, doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.881. Oxford University Press.

Dentato, M.P. (2014). Gender dysphoria: Examining diagnostic criteria and implications for mental health providers. Continuing Education, SW21, 1-18. Gannett Education.

Dentato, M.P., Craig, S.L. & Messinger, L., Lloyd, M. & McInroy, L.B. (2013). Outness among LGBTQ social work students in North America: The contribution of environmental supports and perceptions of comfort. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 1-17, doi: 10.1080/02615479.2013.855193.

Dentato, M.P., Halkitis, P.N. & Orwat, J. (2013). Minority stress theory: An examination of factors surrounding sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men who use club drugs. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 25, 509-525, doi: 10.1080/10538720.2013.829395.

Dentato, M.P. (2013). Gender identity disorder: What mental health providers need to know. Continuing Education, SW18, 1-18. Gannett Education.

Dentato, M.P. (2012).The challenges of coming out: The impact on well being. Continuing Education, SW12, 1-20.Gannett Education.

Orwat, J., Saitz, R., Tompkins, C.P., Cheng, D.M., Dentato, M.P. & Samet, J.H. (2011). Substance abuse treatment utilization among adults living with HIV/AIDS and alcohol or drug problems. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41, 233-242. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2011.04.002.

Dentato, M.P.,Craig, S.L. & Smith, M.S. (2010). The vital role of social workers in community partnerships for GLBTQ youth.  The Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 27(5), 323-334. Springer Netherlands, doi: 10.1007/s10560-010-0210-0.

Orwat, J., Samet, J.H., Tompkins, C.P., Cheng, D.M., Dentato, M.P. & Saitz, R. (2010). Factors associated with attendance in 12-step groups (Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous) among adults with alcohol problems living with HIV/AIDS. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 113, 165-171. Elsevier Ireland, Ltd.doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.07.021.

Book Chapters

Sokolec, J & Dentato, M.P. (2014). The Effect of Marginalization on the Healthy Aging of LGBTQ Older Adults. In H. Pereira & P. Costa (Eds.), Coming out for LGBT Psychology in the Current International Scenario. Lisbon: International Academy of LGBT Psychology and Related Fields, 321-326.

Orwat, J., Boyle, L., Dentato, M.P., & Faulkner-Beard, T. (2014). Substance Use Disorders & Ethical Considerations for Social Workers in J. Marley (Ed.), MySearchLab with eText  for MyHelpingLibrary. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 1-22.

Orwat, J., Dentato, M.P. & Lloyd, M. (2014). The Influence of a Neo Liberal World View on Health Care Policy. In S. Haymes; M. Vidal de Haymes & R. Miller (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States. London: Routledge Press. 1-22.

Dentato, M.P., Craig, S.L. & McInroy, L.B. (2014). Well-Being and Health Considerations for the Aging Lesbian Community: Understanding Age Cohorts, Partnerships and Caregiving among Other Unique Needs. In T. Kilbane & M. Spira (Eds.), Older Women: Current and Future Challenges of Professionals with an Aging Population. Benham Publishing. 1-12.

Invited Publications

Dentato, M.P. (2012). The Minority Stress Perspective. Psychology & AIDS Exchange, 37, 12-15. (Spring Issue). American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.

Dentato, M.P. (2001). At “Ground Zero”: September 11, 2001. Body Positive Magazine, 14(11), 6-12.



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