Melinda Gronen

Melinda Gronen


  • 32700 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • 41700 Clinical Treatment of Abusive Family Systems
  • 45822 A Systems Approach to Prevention, Assessment, and Advocacy Work with At Risk Children and Families

Job experience

  • Owner, Melinda Gronen Counseling and Consulting, LLC
  • Social Work Clinical Coordinator - Protective Services Team, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Adjunct Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work/UIC
  • Program Coordinator/Therapist, The Youth Campus Residential Treatment Facility
  • Residential Case Manager, The Jewish Children’s Bureau

Fields of Special Interest

  • Child Maltreatment
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Pediatric Medical Social Work
    o    Protective Services
    o    Emergency Department
    o    Chronic Illness
    o    Intensive Care
  • Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Forensic Social Work Assessments

Publications or presentations

  • Social Work Practice in Health Care: Advanced Approaches and Emerging Trends; Chapter 12 Pediatric Health Care Social Work Practice; Sarah E. Power and Melinda Gronen, editors Karen Allen and William John Spitzer (Sage Publishing; Anticipated Publish Date Fall 2014)
  • "Out of the Shadows: Child Physical Abuse Assessment and Intervention." Erikson Institute Professional Development Program, July 31, 2014.
  • "Understanding the Psychosocial Dynamics of Child Abuse." DCFS/Police Child Abuse Investigator Training, Multidisciplinary Pediatric Education and Evaluation Consortium,  May 29, 2014.
  • Child Maltreatment: Social Work Assessment and Intervention. 18 CEU Certificate Course for Practicing Social Work Professionals. January – June 2014.
  • "Child Physical Abuse Assessment." St. Charles Police Department, February 27 and March 6, 2014.
  • "Coping with Crying: Understanding Infant Crying to Prevent Future Abuse." North Shore Evanston Hospital, Infant Special Care Unit, November 18, 2013.
  • "Infant Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention." Maternal Child Health Network Perinatal Disparities Conference, Schererville, IN. September 11, 2013.
  • "Community Partnerships in Keeping Kids Safe."  North Chicago Police Department Community Police Academy,  April 4, 2013.
  • "Understanding Medical Child Abuse (aka Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy): Hot Topics Panel." International United Mitochondrial Medicine Foundation Conference, June 18, 2011.