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Elaine Maccio

Elaine Maccio

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Women’s and Gender Studies

What was your previous position and where?

I was an assistant professor at the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio from 2004-06.

What brought you to LSU?

The opportunity to fulfill my dream of working at a Research I university. And, a U-Haul van.

What is your research interest?

My research interests include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people, and homeless and runaway youth. My recent projects include LGBT quality of life in Baton Rouge, LGBT employee policies among Baton Rouge employers, and substance use and mental health problems among homeless and runaway youth in New Orleans.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

Tenure! And along the way, educate social work students so that they’re able to work competently with their LGBT clients; raise public awareness of the social and political realities of LGBT people locally and nationally; contribute to the visibility and acceptance of LGBT students, faculty and staff at LSU; and obtain federal research funding - not necessarily in that order.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

The students, my colleagues and the beautiful campus.

What are your major accomplishments?

I introduced the school’s — and perhaps the campus’s — first graduate course dedicated solely to educating students in mental health professions to work with LGBT individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. I earned three teaching awards in two years, which is really a credit to the incredibly talented students the school recruits each year and a wonderfully supportive group of colleagues. I like to think, though, that my best accomplishments are yet to come....


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