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Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella

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Associate Professor and M.S.W. Program Coordinator

Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella entered social work as a settlement house volunteer. She served as a consultant in children’s law and as a director of community based services for persons with developmental disabilities before beginning her career in social work education. Dr. Gardella led initiatives to improve access to college in her positions as professor of social work, founding chair of the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice, and associate dean at the University of Saint Joseph; and as Vice President for Professional and Graduate Studies at Albertus Magnus College. She joined the SCSU faculty in 2015.
Dr. Gardella has held voluntary leadership positions in national social work organizations, including the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education, president of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, and chair of the NASW Legal Defense Fund; as well as local organizations such as the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership, the Greater Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Health Leadership Fellows Network of the Connecticut Health Foundation.
She has published and presented widely in the areas of social work history; multicultural health equity; educational access; and social work with groups. Her award-winning biography, The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work through the Holocaust (Syracuse University Press, 2011) is included in “One Hundred Great Books for the Social Worker’s Library” by  

Areas of Expertise

  • Social work history
  • Educational access
  • Social work with immigrants, migrants, and refugees
  • Social work with groups

M.S.W.  University of Connecticut, 1983
J.D.  University of Connecticut, 1977

A.B.  Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1973

Courses Regularly Taught
SWK572 Practicum III and Capstone Proposal

SWK573 Practicum IV and Capstone

Selected Scholarship
Gardella, L. G. (2011).  The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work through the Holocaust. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 
Gardella, L. G. (2010).  Writer, Faces of Disparity:  Video and Multimedia Community Awareness Campaign.  Hartford, CT:  Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership.
Gardella, L. G. & Haynes, K. S. (2004).  A Dream and a Plan: A Woman’s Path to Leadership in Human Services.  Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.

Gardella, L. G. (June 15-18, 2016).  Presenter and moderator, Sumner Gill Memorial Plenary. Welcoming Newcomers: Social Group Work with Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees. International panel, 38th Annual Symposium, International Association of Social Work with Groups.  New York, NY.

Gardella, L. G. (2015, Nov. 19).  The Past and Future of Social Group Work in Germany: Contributions of Louis Lowy.  German Chapter, International Association of Social Work with Groups. Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany.  

Gardella, L. G. (2015, June 4-7).  Remembering Jim Garland: Loneliness in the Group.  2015 Annual Symposium, International Association of Social Work with Groups, Chapel Hill, NC.
Gardella, L. G. (2015, April 17).  19th Annual Joan Greenstone Lecture, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and Institute of Clinical Social Work, Chicago, IL.
Gardella, L. G. (2013, June 6-8).  Joan K. Parry Invitational Address.  2013 Annual Symposium, International Association of Social Work with Groups, Boston, MA.
Gardella, L.G. (2013, March 12).  Faces of Disparity.  Diversity Rx Conference Film Festival, Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, Oakland, CA.

Gardella, L. G.; Dearing, N.; & Canty, L. (2011, October 27-30).  “Save My Baby!” Promoting Multicultural Health Equity in Social Work Education.   Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education,  Atlanta, GA.