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Dr. Diane Zosky

Director, School of Social Work
School of Social Work
Rachel Cooper - RC 323
Office Hours
by appointment
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Dr. Diane Zosky received the MSW degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1983 and a Ph.D in clinical social work from Loyola University Chicago in 2000. Her practice experience includes medical social work and work in the domestic violence field. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Illinois.

Research Interests & Areas

Domestic Violence

Ph D clinical social work

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago Illinois

MSW social work

University of Illinois

Other social work

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

College Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences

Illinois State University

Partners in Peace Award

Center for the Prevention of Abuse

Social Worker of the Year Award, Peoria District

National Association of Social Workers

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Zosky, D. (2016). I feel your pain: Do batter intervention programs impact perpetrator’s

            empathy for victims? Partner Abuse,7(1), 70-86.


Zosky, D. (under review). Changing hostile beliefs towards women through partner abuse intervention programs. Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Zosky, D., & Alberts, R. "What’s in a name? Exploring use of the word queer as a term of identification within the college-aged LGBT community". Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2016)

Zosky, D., Avant,D., & Thompson, J. (2014). Social work and special education students’ attributions of poverty: A leadership opportunity for school social workers. School Social Work Journal,38(2), 77-97.

Zosky, D. (2013). Wounded Healers: Students with Histories of Trauma in a Family Violence Course. Journal of Teachingin    Social Work, 33(3), 239-250.

Journal Article, In-House Journal

Ressler, P. & Zosky, D. (2010). LGBTQ students experience Illinois State University as benignly heteronormative. Gauisus Normal, IL: Illinois State University


Zosky, D. Survivors’ voices regarding domestic violence services: perceived supports and barriers to finding safety. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Strategic Planning Analysis (2009)

Technical Report

Howard, J., Smith, S., Ryan, S., Zosky, D., Howard, A., & Shelvin, K. Center for Adoption Studies, Special Report: An analysis of change occurring in DCFS adoptive families receiving adoption preservation services. Center for Adoption Studies (2004)
Zosky, D. Center for Adoption Studies, Quality Assurance Report (2004)
Zosky, D. Center for Adoption Studies, Quality Assurance Report (2003)
Smith, S., Howard, J., Woodman, K., & Zosky, D. Center for Adoption Studies, Special Report: The dynamics of child problems, parenting stress, and coping in child welfare families receiving adoption preservation services (2002)
Zosky, D. Center for Adoption Studies, Quality Assurance Report (2002)


Creating Culturally Responsive Academic Departments. Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference. (2017)
Becoming an Affirming LGBTQ provider. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Conference. (2016)
My Daily commitment to becoming an ally. Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference. (2016)
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Promoting Critical Thought And Inclusive Perspectives In The Classroom. Culturally Responsive Campus Community 2016 Conference. CRCC at Illinois State University. (2016)
Understanding clinical and developmental needs of LGBTQ youth. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Conference. (2016)
Promoting Change: Helping Participants Move Through Re sistance/Ambivalence.. Building Safer Communities National Conference. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (2013)
The Silent Victims: The developmental impact on children from witnessing domestic violence. Illinois Association of School Social Workers. IASSW. (2012)
Poverty Simulation: An Experiential Learning Tool Emphasizing Economic and Social Justice Content. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education. (2010)
Closing Keynote: The Silent Victims: Understanding the. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Children’s. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (2009)
Insurance Plain and Simple: Increasing Patient Understanding and Overcoming Access Barriers. National Hemophilia Foundation Symposium. National Hemophilia Foundation. (2009)

Grants & Contracts

Expansion of Transgender Voice Modification Services. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2018)
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