Chastity Owens, AM, LCSW
Chastity L. Owens, AM, LCSW, is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work where she teaches School Social Work Practice and Special Topics in School Social Work. Chastity is also a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Education. Her doctoral research investigates school-based clinical practice and social emotional learning. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to research that integrates the fields of social work, education, and health. Since earning an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and a B.A. in English Literature and Black American Studies from the University of Michigan, Chastity has served as a mental health advocate for underserved communities. Her clinical and administrative work has centered around students, teachers and families. She has served as a school social worker, a field instructor, Dean of Student Supports, Director of Social Work Practice, and Medical Social Consultant in the school setting. In these roles, she has trained and consulted with school-based leaders and practitioners on restorative practices, social justice issues, and emotional intelligence. Chastity Owens also 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.