Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, MSW, LCSW


Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rutgers School of Social Work


Congratulations to Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, MSW, LCSW on her appointment as Dean of the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago effective July 1, 2024! Findley has been a steadfast champion for interprofessional education at Rutgers University and is a valued member of multiple university-wide interprofessional leadership committees.

Read the full Loyola University announcement below and here (as of 3/12/24).


Loyola University Chicago announced today that Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, MSW ’89, LCSW, has been appointed as Dean of the School of Social Work effective July 1, 2024. 

Findley is currently Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Her research interests include chronic illness, physical disability, interprofessional health education, disaster preparedness and response, and cancer survivorship. She is a board member of Rutgers Health, co-chair of the Rutgers Health Council, and sits on the Interprofessional Education Faculty Advisory Committee for the university.

“As a graduate of the School of Social Work herself, Dean Findley has embodied the mission of Loyola throughout a life of devoted service, scholarship, clinical practice, and higher education leadership,” said Provost Margaret Callahan. “We look forward to welcoming her back to campus.”

As a research scholar in the Veterans Administration, Findley explored physical, mental health, and trauma issues within the veteran population. She has a long clinical history of working with those with disabilities in medical rehabilitation settings, and co-authored a book, The Cancer Survivor Handbook: The Essential Guide to Cancer Survivorship. She also researched the impact of Hurricane Sandy on both individuals in New Jersey, as well as the state’s behavioral health system response to the storm.

Findley said, “I’m honored to be named Dean of the School of Social Work. My experience at Loyola was formative and inspired me to become the person and professional I am today. School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff are woven into the fabric of Chicago doing incredible work. After nearly 20 years at Rutgers, I’m thrilled to return to the city and University where I began my academic and clinical practice.”

Findley’s research appears in peer-reviewed rehabilitation, public health, and medical journals including Archives of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationWomen’s Health Issues, Preventive Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She serves as senior associate and managing editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and is a fellow of both HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) and the Rutgers Leadership Academy.

She earned her BA in Human Services from the National College of Education, her MSW from Loyola University Chicago–where she was inducted into the honor society of Jesuit universities, Alpha Sigma Nu–and her DrPH from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois Chicago.