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Chastity Owens



Chastity L. Owens is a Lecturer of Social Work whose research seeks to understand evidence-based interventions in schools. Her clinical and administrative work has centered around advocating for students, teachers and families. She has served as a school social worker, a field instructor, a dean of student supports, a director of social work practice, and a medical social consultant in the school setting. She created several K-12 programs to provide positive behavioral intervention and support to students, increase school attendance and to enhance overall academic performance in schools. One such program was the highly successful Peer Mediation Program, which was a collaboration between the Schweitzer Fellowship Program and the American Medical Association.

Professional Interests:
Evidence-based interventions in schools
Clinical practice in education
Social and Emotional Learning

Teaching Experience:
SocW 588 Practice III: School Social Work
SocW 589 Practice IV: School Social Work
SocW 480 Special Studies in School Social Work

Selected Publications

Owens, C. L., Bradfield, T. B., & Frew, K. (2022). Playlists in play therapy: Using music-based technology to engage African American boys. International Journal of Play Therapy.

Owens, C. L., Humphries, M. L., & McKay-Jackson, C. (2022). Perceptions of a culturally affirming multidisciplinary pre-service social and emotional learning training. School Social Work Journal, 46(2), 87-110.

Owens, C. L., Johnson, A. H., & Thornton, A. (2021). Addressing Equity in Schools: Youth Participatory Action Research and Transformative Social and Emotional Learning during COVID-19. Children & Schools.


BA, University of Michigan
AM, University of Chicago

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois
Professional Educator License, State of Illinois

Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers
School Social Work of America
Illinois Association of School Social Workers
Society for Social Work Research