Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Julia Pryce, PhD

Title/s:  Professor
Associate Director, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

Office #:  Maguire Hall 544

Phone: 312.915.7495

Email: jpryce@luc.edu

CV Link: Pryce_J_CV

Mission in Action

I believe in the transformative potential of non-parental adults in the lives of young people. My domestic and international research focuses on adult-youth relationships, such as mentoring, and how they contribute to strength and resilience among young people. I am particularly interested in relationship processes between adults and young people within the child welfare system. I value Loyola's identity as a Jesuit institution; as a teacher, I am committed to using tools of Ignatian Pedagogy to empower students as active and engaged learners. 



Dr. Pryce’s research focuses on school-based interventions, the role of mentors in the lives of system-involved youth, and program development. Her additional areas of scholarship include the development and study of mentoring programs internationally and the role of social justice in social work curricula. Dr. Pryce teaches in the HBSE and research sequences in the undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral programs.


Ph.D. from University of Chicago, 2006
MSW, University of Michigan, 1998
BA, Kenyon College, 1996

Program Areas

Mentoring, Youth Development, Relational Practice


Research Interests

Training on the Mentoring FAN, in collaboration with Erikson Institute and funded in part by the Provost Fellowship, LUC, and the Faculty Innovation Fund, Erikson Institute

The Development & Implementation of an Economic Mentoring Program for Male Youth Impacted by the Juvenile Justice System, collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, University of Illinois at Chicago Schools of Public Health, and four community agencies

Qualitative Examination of the experiences of youth aging out of the child welfare system, Project with University of Chicago & Chapin Hall Center for Children

Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service:

HBSE, Rank & Tenure Member

Loyola Steering Committee Representative

Volunteer Team Member, Leading India’s Future Today, Chicago, IL

Reviewer, Journal of Research on Adolescence

Reviewer, Clinical Supervisor

Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Member

Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Member

Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) Member

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Member

Courses Taught

SOWK 305 & 500, SOWK 361 “Youth Development & Mentoring”

SOWK 506 “Research Methods

SOWK 819 “Qualitative Methods”


Schweitzer Foundation Faculty Mentor, 2012

Center for the Human Rights of the Child Faculty Affiliate, Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Mentor of the Year Award Nominee, Loyola University Chicago, 2011

Democracy, Culture & Catholicism International Research Program, Loyola University Chicago, 2010

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Youth Empowerment Program, 2009

Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage Grant, Loyola University Chicago, 2008/2009

Global Initiatives Incentive Fund, Loyola University Chicago, 2008/2009

International Dissertation Award in Mentoring, 2006/2007

NIH Summer Fellow, 2007

Selected Publications

Weiler, L., Chesmore, A., Pryce, J., Krafchick, J., Haddock, S., Zimmerman, T., & Rhodes, T. (under review). Mentor response to youth academic support-seeking behavior: Does attunement matter?.      Youth & Society.

Pryce, J. M., Jones, S. L., Wildman, A., Thomas, A., Okrzesik, K., & Kaufka-Walts, K. (2015). Aging Out of Care in Ethiopia Challenges and Implications Facing Orphans and Vulnerable Youth. Emerging Adulthood.

Spencer, R., Pryce, J. & Walsh, J. (2014). Philosophical approaches to qualitative research. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of qualitative research methods. New York: Oxford University Press.

Pryce, J., Kelly, M., & Guidone, S. (2013).  Matching relationships. In DuBois, D. & Karcher, M. Handbook of Youth Mentoring, second edition.

Johnson, S. & Pryce, J. (2013). Therapeutic mentoring: Attenuating the Impact of Trauma on Youth in Foster Care. Child Welfare.

Pryce, J. (2012). Social Work for Social Justice: Strengthening Social Work Practice Through the Integration of Catholic Social Teaching.  In Scales, L. & Kelly, M.S. (Eds.) Christianity & Social Work (4th Ed.).  NACSW Press, Connecticut.

Pryce, J. (2012).  Mentor attunement: An approach to successful school-based mentoring relationships. Child & Adolescent Social Work, 10.1007/s10560-012-0260-6.

Keller, T. & Pryce, J. (2012).  Different roles and different results:  How activity orientations correspond to relationship quality and student outcomes in school-based mentoring. Journal of Primary Prevention, 10.1007/s10935-012-0264-1.

Johnson, S., Pryce, J., & Martinovich, Z. (2012). The Role of therapeutic mentoring in enhancing outcomes for youth in foster care.  Child Welfare, 90 (5), 51-69.

Pryce, J. & Keller, T. (2012). An investigation of volunteer-student relationship trajectories within school-based youth mentoring programs. Journal of Community Psychology, 40 (2), 228-248. 10.1002/jcop.20487