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Giesela Grumbach, Ph.D., LCSW, PEL


Social Work, School Social Work, Social and Racial Justice Expert

Grumbach-FINALGiesela Grumbach is an Associate Professor at Governors State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level social work practice courses and coordinates the School Social Work Specialization. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Grumbach also holds a two-year postgraduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and holds a professional educator license (PEL) for school social work.

Dr. Grumbach has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education and ten years in school social work. Dr. Grumbach has operated her own private practice and consulting business with social/legal systems, including legal aid and mitigation work for the Murder Task Force of Cook County Department of Corrections. Her therapeutic experience includes work with vulnerable populations with a specialization in family therapy and reunification counseling. She has also worked with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital system where she provided clinical treatment for Vietnam veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder as well as veterans with other chronic mental disorders.

Dr. Grumbach's Research Focus:

  • Social work practice
  • School social work
  • Social and racial justice

Recent Relevant Work:

Podcast: Social Workers as Education Collaborators with Dr. Giesela Grumbach

Campos-Moreira, L. D., Cummings, M. I., Grumbach, G., Williams, H. E., & Hooks, K. (2020). Making a case for culturally humble leadership practices through a culturally responsive leadership framework. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 44(5), 407-414.

Johnson, A., McKay-Jackson, C., & Grumbach, G. (2017). Critical Service Learning Toolkit: Social Work Strategies for Promoting Healthy Youth Development. Oxford University Press.

Quinn, C. R., & Grumbach, G. (2015). Critical Race Theory and the Limits of Relational Theory in Social Work with Women. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work24(3), 202-218.