Chicago State University
773.995.2000

Social Work Faculty

 Dr. Sherri Seyfried

Dr. Sherri Seyfried (Professor)

Department Chair and Program Director


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago

MSW, Norfolk State University

B.A., Hampton University

Location: SCI 116A

Phone: 773-995-2415

Email: sseyfrie@csu.edu



Scholarly Interests:

The translation of mindfulness practices with communities disproportionately impacted by stress-induced health disorders. She also has an interest in mindfulness practice as a means of professional and personal well-being for human service providers working with vulnerable communities. Dr. Seyfried currently teaches an interdisciplinary mindfulness practice class at CSU. She trained in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of California, San Diego.




Dr. Judith Birgen (Associate Professor)

Ph.D University of Chicago

MSW, Jane Adams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A. Pepperdine University

Location: SCI 229

Phone: 773-995-3747

Email: jbirgen@csu.edu




Dorretta Evans-Parker

Dorretta Evans-Parker (Clinical Assistant Professor)


MSW, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Location: SCI 116A

Phone: 773-995-2207

Email: devans23@csu.edu





Scholarly Interests:

Critical thinking and its importance in the development of direct practice social work skills. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 40 years of experience in direct clinical practice, administration, policy and program planning in maternal and child health at the local, state and federal level. She is committed to educating effective social workers to meet the challenge of the changing environment.


Lolita Godbold

Lolita Godbold (Director of Field Education)


MSW, Jane Adams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S.W, Jane Adams School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Location: SCI 116E

Phone: 773-995-2843

Email: lgodbold@csu.edu





Scholarly Interests:

Community development as it relates to the provision of services for children and families impacted by social emotional issues and trauma.  With a focus on systems theory, Ms. Godbold has provided direct services as a therapist and indirectly as an administrator for children and adults in the areas of child welfare, mental health and schools. Ms. Godbold is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed School Social Worker. 


Yolanda Harris (Clinical Assistant Professor)

MSW, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.A, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Location: SCI 116A

Phone: 773-995-2207

Email: yharri21@csu.edu

Scholarly Interests:

Yolanda Harris has extensive experience in organizational development, parent and staff development and training. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the areas of crisis management, grief counseling and early childhood education.


Dr. Youngjo Im (Assistant Professor)

Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.A., University of Chicago

M.S., University of Chicago

Location: SCI 116B

Phone: 773-995-3800

Email: yim@csu.edu

Scholarly Interests:

Youngjo Im studies children and youth in various contexts, and examines how context and experience contribute to disparities in social, emotional, and cognitive learning outcomes. She has strong expertise in quantitative research approaches. She is particularly interested in using research to develop interventions and social policy that will benefit low-income children, youth, and their families.


Dr. Mamie Kutame (Assistant Professor)

Ph.D., The Ohio State University

MSW, Howard University

B.A., Howard University

Phone : 773-995-3777

Email : Mkutam20@csu.edu

Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Kutame’s interests and expertise are in the areas of aging and health, cross-cultural aging, elder abuse and neglect, self-neglect, and informal social support systems. Dr. Mamie Kutame, formerly a social work consultant at the University of Illinois Hospital at Chicago, has more than twenty years’ experience in the field of social work.


Amzie Moore (Assistant Professor)

M. A., University Of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, A.B.D., Loyola University, Chicago

Location: SCI 116F

773-995-2441 


Camille Odeh (Lecturer)

MSW, University of Chicago, IL

B.S., Community Health Science, Michigan State University

Location: SCI 116A

Phone: 773-995-2207

Email: codeh@csu.edu

Scholarly Interests:

Areas of focus include community development and leadership, community organizing, juvenile justice, women, and refugees. She has worked in the field for over 25 years in non-governmental and governmental organizations where she dedicated the majority of her work to children, youth, and families locally and globally. She was the Executive Director of the Southwest Youth Collaborative.


 Dr. T. Chedgzsey Smith-McKeever

Dr. T. Chedgzsey Smith-McKeever (Assistant Professor)


Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

MSW, University of Southern California

B.A., University of California at Irvine

Location: SCI 116G

Phone: 773-995-2374

Email: tsmith82@csu.edu