Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy


Bridget Colacchio, PhD, LCSW

Title/s:  Co-Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

Office #:  Burrowes Hall 206

Phone: 773-508-8656

Email: bcolacchio@luc.edu


Bridget joined the FCIP team in January 2019, but has been a Loyola staff member since 2007. Bridget received her BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Boston College and MA in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. She recently completed her PhD in Social Work here at Loyola University Chicago. Bridget’s commitment to and passion for Jesuit education began as a student at BC, grew as a teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School on Chicago’s southwest side, and has been the guiding force in her work with students and colleagues since then.

Bridget supports FCIP in our overall efforts to promote excellence in teaching at Loyola, and to support faculty, staff and graduate students as they incorporate Ignatian Pedagogy, anti-oppressive pedagogy and student-centered learning in their work in and out of the classroom. As an instructor in Loyola’s School of Social Work, Bridget employs the principles and tactics of FCIP's Pedagogy of Justice to challenge and support her students, and enrich their educational experience. Bridget's research is focused on the well-being of systems-impacted youth, particularly those who have experienced the foster care system. Away from the office and classroom, Bridget lives in Edgewater with her family and is a loyal Loyola sports fan. Go Ramblers!


PhD, Social Work, Loyola University Chicago (2023)

MA, Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago (2005)

BA, Sociololgy and Women's Studies, Boston College (2001)

Research Interests

Foster youth well-being, systems-involved youth, art-based research

Ignatian pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy, mindfulness in the classroom, trauma-informed teaching