Joan DiLeonardi, PhD

Joan DiLeonardi has taught at Jane Addams, Loyola School of Social Work, SSA, and currently teaches at ICSW in addition to leading independent studies and consulting on dissertations. Her theoretical orientation to practice is psychodynamic general, and she has been involved in research on child abuse and neglect, chronic neglect, day care, foster parenting, and foster care workers. Dr. DiLeonardi takes part in volunteer activities including serving as trustee and a former board chair at Oakton Community College, a region chair at North Suburban, and an executive committee member of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. She enjoys being a part of the ICSW community because it gives her a chance to help talented students grow and advance their skills in developing research questions and completing competent dissertation research.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Research Methods; Child Welfare; Chronic Neglect


  • BA, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago, IL

  • Certificate S&L Government, John F Kennedy School, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • RM 741: Dissertation Seminar I

  • RM 742: Dissertation Seminar II

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Research Advising

Significant Publications

  • DiLeonardi, Joan W., “Children in Poverty and Chronic Neglect” Families in Society. Milwaukee, November 1993.

  • DiLeonardi, Joan W., “Children in Poverty,” Policies and Programs for Children and Families in Poverty: The Illinois Experience. Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research.Chicago: The Jane Addams College of Social Work, The University of Illinois at Chicago, August 1993.

  • DiLeonardi, Joan W., “Using Child and Family Data to Improve Service Delivery: Boysville of Michigan,” R&E: Research and Evaluation in Group Care. Dobbs Ferry, New York, April 1991.

  • DiLeonardi, Joan W., and Kelly, Earl, “Prevention and Management of Child Abuse” in Balcerzak, Edward et al, Group Care of Children: Transitions Toward the Year 2000. New York, CWLA, 1989.

  • DiLeonardi, Joan W., and Curtis, Patrick A., What To Do When the Numbers are In: A User’s Guide to Data Analysis. Chicago, Nelson-Hall, 1988.

  • Gray, Ellen and DiLeonardi, Joan W., “How Programs are Evaluated,” In Tower, Cynthia Crosson, Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, D.C.: National Education Association, 1987.

  • DiLeonardi, Joan W., Information Technology and Social Work Practice: A Second Look,” in Geiss, G. and Viswanathan, N., Eds., The Human Edge. New York: Haworth Press, 1986.