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Michael P. Dentato, Ph.D.

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: Lewis Towers 1245

Phone: 312-915-7030

E-mail: mdentato@luc.edu

CV Link: Dentato CV


PhD     Loyola University Chicago, 2011
MSW    Fordham University, 1997
BA       Fordham University, 1991

Program Areas

Teaching/Areas of Interest

Dr. Dentato teaches practice, human behavior, policy and leadership/development courses.  His areas of interest include sexual minority health disparities and risk behaviors; minority stress theory; substance use and addiction disorders; mental health and public health policy; LGBTQ psychosocial and lifespan development; emerging adulthood; interdisciplinary collaborations; non-profit leadership, service delivery and program evaluation.

Undergraduate Courses

SOWK 200         Introduction to Social Work
SOWK 305         Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Graduate Courses

SOWK 500      Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 504      Social Work with Individuals & Families II
SOWK 602      Health Policy & Systems
SOWK 605      Human Sexuality & Sexual Dysfunction
SOWK 610H    Social Policy & Practice/Mental Health
SOWK 612      Family Assessment & Intervention
SOWK 616      Psychotherapy with Adults

SOWK 631S    Integrative Practice Seminar
SOWK 650      Staff Management & Development in the Social Services

SOWK 653      Program Management & Development Practice
SOWK 656      Social Work Practice with LGBTQ Populations
SOWK 724      Substance Abuse Treatment in Groups

Research Interests

Stress Theory, Sexual Risk Behavior, Substance Use, Addiction Disorders, LGBTQ Issues, Health Policy

Professional & Community Affiliations

Test Positive Aware Network, Board of Directors
Center on Halsted, Consultant Programs Evaluator
Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Member: Council on Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression
Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, New York University, Faculty Research Affiliate


Orwat, J., Boyle, L., Dentato, M.P., & Faulkner-Beard, T. (2014). Substance Use Disorders & Ethical Considerations for Social Workers in MySearchLab with eText for MyHelpingLibrary. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education.

Dentato, M.P., Craig, S.L. & Messinger, L., Lloyd, M. & McInroy, L.B. (2013). Outness among LGBTQ social work students in North America: The contribution of environmental supports and perceptions of comfort. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 1-17, doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2013.855193.

Dentato, M.P., Halkitis, P.N. & Orwat, J. (2013). Minority stress theory: An examination of factors surrounding sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men who use club drugs. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 25, 509-525, doi:10.1080/10538720.2013.829395.

Dentato, M.P.(2013). Gender identity disorder: What mental health providers need to know. Continuing Education, SW18, 1-18. Gannett Education.

Dentato, M.P. (2012). The challenges of coming out: The impact on well being. Continuing Education, SW12, 1-20. Gannett Education.

Dentato, M.P. (2012). The minority stress perspective. Psychology & AIDS Exchange, 37, 12-15. American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C. (Spring Issue).

Orwat, J., Saitz, R., Tompkins, C. P., Cheng, D. M., Dentato, M. P. & Samet, J. H. (2011). Substance abuse treatment utilization among adults living with HIV/AIDS and alcohol problems. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Dentato, M. P., Craig, S. L. & Smith, M. S. (2010). The vital role of social workers in community partnerships for GLBTQ youth.  The Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 27, 5, 323-334. Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10560-010-0210-0.

Orwat, J., Saitz, R., Tompkins, C. P., Cheng, D. M., Dentato, M. P. & Samet, J. H. (2010). Factors associated with participation in Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous groups among adults living with HIV/AIDS. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Elsevier Ireland, Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.07.021.

Dentato, M.P. (2001). At “Ground Zero”: September 11, 2001. Body Positive Magazine, 14(11), 6-12.




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