My name is Monica Furey Peloso. I am a clinical social worker, school board president, and president of the Colorado Association of School Boards. I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas--Austin, a Masters in English from Georgetown University, and a BS in German from Georgetown University. I am currently in the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership (Dissertation phase) here at UCCS
Prior to joining academia, I worked in Washington, DC's Department of Human Services with abused children. I was a social work fellow in the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) and went on to a faculty position in the Yale Child Study Center's HIV-Affected Children and Families Program, offering community based therapy as well as traditional case management services to children and families, and was a therapist in a long-term children's group. I also had my own private practice at that time.
After moving to Colorado Springs in 2004, I became active in schools. I was elected to the Cheyenne Mountain School District Board of Education in 2013, and elected president in 2017. I was elected to the Colorado Association of School Boards Board of Directors in 2015, elected president in 2018. I serve on multiple committees, councils, and boards at the local, state and national level.
It has been an honor to attend and now teach at UCCS. I was thrilled to learn of the planned Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work programs. With these amazing opportunities, I am able to integrate my passion for leadership, community organization and social work. It is a privilege to serve the students, staff, faculty, and community at UCCS as part of the talented SPA team.
Areas of Interest
- Positive psychology
- Human growth and development
- Strengths based interventions
- Clinical social work
- Issues pertaining to gender, trauma, and violence