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Leticia Villarreal Sosa

Assistant Professtor, School of Social Work

Villarreal Sosa has worked as a school social worker for Chicago Public Schools, Burbank School District, and High School District 214. She was also a clinical intern at the Women’s Treatment Center in Chicago, a counselor for Rape Crisis Services in Champaign, IL and a caseworker for Illinois Migrant Education Program. Her dissertation work focused on Mexican American youth as they transition to high school to understand how the school context impacts social identity and how social identity influences academic trajectories. Her current research projects involve working on a national role paper for school social work, defining accompaniment as a model of social service delivery to Latinos, and Latinos’ use of complementary and alternative medicine for mental health issues.

Expertise: 
Adolescent identity development
social identity
Latino education
community and psychological violence
youth gangs
school social work
Latino families
Chicana feminism
school dropout
mental health
qualitative methods
immigrant adaptation
Office & Location: 
Priory 101
Office Phone: 
708-714-9440