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 MSWOnlinePrograms.org.
Areas of Expertise
Social work history
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
Gardella, L. G. (2011). The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work through the Holocaust. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University 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,
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
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.