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Desirie McKay

  • Coordinator, Field Education
  • M.S.W.​
  • Social Work
  • Staff
  • 312.362.7385
  • ​14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1613​

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-Coordinator 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.