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About Michael P. Dentato

Michael P. Dentato, PhD, MSW is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Dentato received his Bachelor of Arts and MSW degrees from Fordham University in New York and a PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. His community-based experience spans over twenty years of service in New York, Miami and Chicago including clinical, administrative, consultation, non-profit leadership and policy work. Dr. Dentato's teaching experience includes practice, policy and human behavior courses at Barry University, School of Social Work, where he was also the BSW Program Director; The University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work; The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration; and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Research and scholarship centers around three domains including: 1) the assessment of health and health disparities among sexual minority populations; 2) the preparedness of social work students to provide affirming practice and services for the LGBTQ community and; 3) the impact of macro practice, interprofessional education, effective non-profit leadership and service provision for vulnerable communities. Dr. Dentato's past and present affiliations include: Ambassador for the Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE) at Loyola: Research Affiliate for The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies at New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; Associate Editor of Behavioral Medicine, an interdisciplinary journal; co-chair of the Council on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) for the Council on Social Work Education; and board chair at TPAN, a Chicago based HIV/AIDS service organization.


2012 - Present Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work
2010 - 2012 Clinical Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae


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2011 Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago ‐ School of Social Work
1997 M.S.W., Fordham University ‐ Graduate School of Social Service
1991 B.A., Fordham University ‐ Fordham College at Lincoln Center

Contact Information

Loyola University Chicago
School of Social Work
Maguire Hall
1 East Pearson Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611


Recent Works (6)

Research Works (1)

Book (1)

Refereed Journal Publications (16)