Monica Peloso

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Monica Peloso

SW Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
Social Work, School of Public Affairs
ACAD 117
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Fall 2021 Office Hours:
Mondays 9:30-10:30 am in person, Thursdays 3-4:30 pm virtually, and by appointment

Biographical Information

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