Milka Ramírez, PhD - Academic Associate Dean and Director of the Master's Program

Milka Ramírez earned her Ph.D. in Social Work with a certificate in Gender and Women's studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Ramírez’s dissertation was titled "An Examination of Homophobia and Social Work Practice Among a Sample of School Social Workers" and was drawn from a national sample. Dr. Ramírez has 10 years of experience in higher education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to coming to the Institute for Clinical Social Work she was an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University and Chair of the Practice curriculum. She has experience with the accreditation process at  the undergraduate and graduate level, and over 15 years of practice experience in diverse settings such as: school social work, child welfare, the criminal justice system, substance abuse, community practice, and mental health. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed school social worker in the state of Illinois. In addition, she is currently part of a group practice providing Spanish-speaking mental health services to older adults experiencing depression, anxiety and trauma.

Dr. Ramírez has presented in various local and national conferences on the topic of gender and sexuality, her research interest includes social work practice, gender, race and sexuality, as well as, performing arts as a vehicle for social change. She is the co-founder of En Las Tablas Performing Arts, NFP, located in Chicago's Hermosa community. Additionally, she recently competed a tri-state research study examining help giving resources among LGBTQ populations and intimate partner violence. Her recent publications include Traversing gender, sexual orientation, and race-ethnicity: Sexual victimization in a Population-Based Sample, with Dr. Kim, a book chapter titled, “LGBTQ refugee immigrants: A practice framework” in Reorienting Transnational Practice with Immigrant and Refugees: Theory, Practice and Culture, edited by Drs. Hilado & Lundy, and a forthcoming article on Help giving resources among Trans populations, co-authored with Ms. Kurdyla and Dr. Messinger. Dr. Ramírez is a firm believer in the importance of integrating practice and academic training to prepare 21st century practitioners and scholars in addressing diverse, multiple factors that impact contemporary society.



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