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Desirie McKay

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  • Director of Field Education
  • MSW
  • Social Work
  • Staff
  • 312.362.7385
  • ​14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1623​

Desirie K. McKay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by trade and a Master of Social Work DePaul Alum (class of 2009).  In fact, Desirie is a student pioneer of the MSW program and was a part of the very first cohort.  Desirie earned a BA in Political Science, a MS in Human Services Administration and a MSW in the Community Practice program. Desirie returns to DePaul as a staff with a vast career background in social services throughout the Chicagoland area. She has direct practice experience in child welfare, substance use services, psychoeducation and prevention work with “at-risk” youth, homeless services with both adults and children, and was a lead clinical practitioner in a mental health outpatient setting.  Additionally, Desirie held three leadership positions as Program Director at a supportive housing program, Director of Crisis Intervention and Supportive Services for an emergency shelter program and most recently was Associate Director of Clinical Operations for a federally qualified health center that emphasized care to the most vulnerable. As a Training and Development Consultant for a non-for-profit, Desirie also provided professional development opportunities for staff city-wide in Housing First and Harm Reduction Program Models and Best Practices.  Today, as the Master of Social Work Director of Field Education, Desirie looks forward to giving back to students some of what she gained and will provide great support/guidance to students as they embark on field education and placement endeavors in the Chicagoland area.​​