Melinda Gronen, M.A., LCSW, received her Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2000.

Melinda has worked in child welfare for the past fifteen years in a variety of settings, including foster care, residential treatment, and school based mental health.  As the social work clinical coordinator for the protective services team at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Melinda worked, trained, and supervised staff in the areas of child maltreatment assessment and intervention; provided clinical supervision to a post-graduate social work fellow in child protection; and provided psychiatry intake and assessment for children who have been victims of sexual abuse and trauma. Melinda also provides training, consulting, and program development to community organizations.