Institute for Migration and International Social Work - Faculty Affiliates
Priscila R. Freire, LCSW, ICDVP, PhD. is a Clinical Instructor of Social Work and Director of the Domestic Violence Certificate Program at Loyola University Chicago. Her teaching interests span Human Behavior and the Environment, Research, and Practice. She was been a practicing community based clinical social work for over 15 years, clinical supervision, and program management. Her main professional areas of interest are domestic violence and cross-cultural practice, including migration.
Carlean Gilbert, LCSW, PhD. joined the faculty of the School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, in 1999 following 17 years of experience as a pediatric social worker. She teaches courses in the Human Behavior and Social Environment in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and clinical social work practice in health care, group treatment, and brief therapy courses. Her areas of scholarship focus on clinical supervision, health and mental health issues of children and their family systems, group treatment, and the role of spirituality and religion in clinical social work practice. Dr. Gilbert is editor of The clinical supervisor: An interdisciplinary journal of theory, research, and practice, a member of the editorial board of Social Work in Health Care, and co-chair of the health track for the Council of Social Work Education. Following completion of her Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was awarded her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (Hunter College). Dr. Gilbert is a Licensed Clinical Social Work in Illinois and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.
Susan Grossman, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University. She teaches social welfare policy and research courses in the BSW, MSW and Ph.D. programs. Her research interests and publications focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness and service utilization. She has also worked on projects related to the experience of migrants in the service system and the impact of social welfare policies on their well being. Currently, she is collaborating with researchers in the School of Social Work and Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning to look at shelter utilization and the homeless service system in Chicago. Dr. Grossman is an Associate Faculty member in the Women’s Studies/Gender Studies program and the Center for Urban Research and Learning.
Philip Young P. Hong, PhD. is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago. His main academic interest is in poverty and workforce development. In particular, his research program focuses on structural poverty in the United States and international/comparative social welfare. He is currently partnering with local workforce development initiatives to develop bottom-up strategies for empowering low-income individuals and families in their quest to achieve self-sufficiency. Dr. Hong serves as the principal evaluator and consultant for various community agencies and international organizations.
Caleb Kim, PhD. is an Associate Professor and graduate program director in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago and MSW degree from the Norfolk State University in Virginia. Prior to this appointment, he held the positions of chair and director of the BSW program at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois; he had worked in various universities including the University of Chicago and the Yonsei University in Korea. Dr. Kim's current research interests are school social work, child welfare, and immigration issues.
Marta Lundy, PhD. is a Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Her primary academic interest is in family violence and clinical social work theory and has worked on numerous publications and research projects related to the issues of migration and domestic violence. She has also contributed to analyze service data collected by Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assaults since 1998. As a clinician and researcher, Dr. Lundy has provided clinical services to individual, couple, and family over the past 20 years and consultations to many social service agencies
Ivan Medina, M.S.W., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Social Work at Loyola University, and teaches in the School of Social Work’s Leadership and Development in Social Services concentration. Mr. Medina has recently been appointed to the directorship of Loyola’s Philanthropy and Non-Profit Sector Graduate Certificate Program. Mr. Medina holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, both from Loyola University. Previously, Mr. Medina was Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for Prevention, the Director of Child Welfare Services at Association House of Chicago, Associate Executive Director of Gads Hill Center and Executive Director at Onward Neighborhood House, which was recognized with the Orba Award for Excellence in Financial Management. Mr. Medina has also been a member of several boards of directors of Chicago-area organizations including Chicago Global Donors Network. Mr. Medina has worked in fundraising and development for over 20 years. He recently has been involved with Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Chicago Community Trust’s Latino Giving Circle. He also volunteers with numerous non-profits in the Chicago area providing them with capacity building expertise.
Shweta Singh, PhD. is an Assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Singh’s research agenda is directed towards creating an interdisciplinary program of research of international and national relevance. Her research endeavors to target four key issues concerning Asian populations. These are education and schooling, physical wellbeing and mental health, work and employment, and violence and abuse. Her ongoing research projects include studies of immigration and identity of Asian women; and collaboration research work with international researchers, including those based in India. In addition, she focuses on application of interdisciplinary research methods in social work research. Dr. Singh teaches in the streams of Social Research, Social Welfare Policy, Women’s Studies, India Studies, & Advanced Statistics. Dr. Singh’s international work experience includes conducting field-based research on issues of child sex abuse, child rights and evaluation. Through her affiliation with the Migration Institute, she aims to take forward her goals in doing research and teaching collaborations with India and other Asian countries. .
Maria Vidal de Haymes, PhD. joined the faculty of Loyola University-Chicago in 1992, where she is the Lucien and Carol Matusak Professor of Social Work and Director of the new Institute for Migration and International Social Work of the Loyola University School of Social Work. In 2002 Dr. Vidal received the distinction of Loyola Faculty Scholar and in 2003 she received the Peña Community Service Award from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for her work in child welfare. She has published research concerning the economic and political incorporation of Latino immigrants in the U.S., child welfare, and social work education and she has been the primary investigator on a number of foundation and national and state grants focused on migration and child welfare practice with children and families of color. Dr. Vidal de Haymes is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Poverty and Inequality and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Child welfare, and Illinois Child Welfare Journal.