Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Priscila R. Freire, PhD

Title/s:  Interim Associate Dean for Academics; Clinical Assistant Professor

Office #:  Maguire Hall 512

Phone: 312.915.7309

Email: pfreire@luc.edu

CV Link: Freire, P. CV


Priscila Rodríguez Freire is a clinical social worker with a doctoral degree in clinical social work, licensed by the state of Illinois, and a certified domestic violence professional. She has worked with families, individuals, and children in a variety of settings, providing clinical services for over 15 years. As a clinical supervisor she managed the Family Violence Intervention Program; the Safe and Sober program, focusing on the intersection between substance abuse and domestic violence; and the Southside Teens About Respect, a teen dating violence prevention program. Another area of interest has been the work with Latino aggressors of domestic violence, a population with which she worked for over two years and wrote about on her dissertation. Currently in addition to being the director of the MSW Program, she teaches full-time at Loyola University Chicago, with courses on counseling multicultural populations, domestic violence, practice issues working with modalities such as individuals and families, issues in the work with women, group social work, and research methodology.


Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work, May 2008, Loyola University Chicago
MSW in May 1991, State University of New York at Albany
BS in May 1989, State University of New York at Brockport

Program Areas

Undergraduate Courses

  • SOWK 370     Cultural Diversity

Graduate Courses

  • SOWK 502     Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • SOWK 504     Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families II
  • SOWK 506     Methods of Social Work Research
  • SOWK 612     Family Intervention and Assessment
  • SOWK 619     Issues in the Treatment of Women
  • SOWK 604     Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups

Research Interests

  • Domestic Violence
  • Cross-cultural counseling issues, including the impact of migration
  • Family centered services
  • School-based services

Professional & Community Affiliations

Presentations in the community regarding cross-cultural counseling issues and a variety of topics on domestic violence.

International Experience:
Lived Abroad: Puerto Rico, Mexico
Speak fluent Spanish