Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Marcy Wilroy, DSW

Title/s:  Clinical Assistant Professor CADC Director

Office #:  Maguire Hall 5436

Phone: 312.915.7375

Email: mwilroy@luc.edu

Mission in Action

Empowerment.  My crucial goal is to empower students to want to learn. When students want to learn, they develop an increased awareness of their values and strengths, so that they will be ready to confidently enter into a professional work setting and engage with social problems. I believe that to be an effective educator, an interactive and collaborative setting promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills. To create this interactive learning environment, I encourage students to ask questions and give their views on the material covered at each class period. I solicit feedback from their colleagues first, in order to empower the students to assist each other before I present the formal answer, if further clarification is needed. My focus on ethics in my classroom helps prepare students with skills and tools for sound ethical decision making for complex issues they will face in every social work field of practice they may join. Small group discussions allow students to be actively involved in examine their own beliefs, which empowers the student to match the six ethical principles and core values of the NASW: service, social justice, dignity and worth of a person, integrity, importance of human relationships, and competence. 


Marcy received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mississippi, Oxford Mississippi. She earned her MSW and Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degrees from Aurora University where she also taught as an adjunct professor for six years. For the last 30 years she has had a rewarding career as a social worker in many avenues of the healthcare industry. She has assisted in the development of turning businesses into DUI treatment centers and created many new treatment options for individuals who have addictions or who are impacted by addiction to allow them to see how the addiction is impacting their lives, without judgement. She is the founder of CODE, Children of Divorce Empowered, a support group for children of divorce.

Research Interests

Forgiveness Theory in the Social Work Setting

Professional & Community Affiliations



Illinois Certification Board

Illinois Coalition on Substance Use and Aging

The North American Association of Christians in Social Work 

Selected Publications

Panel Member: Jailbreakers Foundation,‚Äč McHenry County 

"The Hospice Heart" Unity Hospice, Heartland Hospice 

"Addiction and the Elderly" Speakers Bureau