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Christopher Gjesfjeld

Associate Professor
School of Social Work
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Current Courses

223.001Human Behavior In The Social Environment I

223.002Human Behavior In The Social Environment I

498.001Specialized Practicum I Final Year

Ph D

University of Pittsburgh


Washington University

Book, Authored

Houston, D., Gjesfjeld, C., Miller-Ott, C., Gholson, T., Schaeffer, L., & Brown, M. (2016). Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment. Normal, IL: Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies.

Book, Chapter

Gjesfjeld, C. Social control and serious mental illness: Understanding and challenging current ideologies. Political authority, social control and public policy. Emerald (2019)

Journal Article

Gjesfjeld, C. D. & Kahn, J. H. (2024). Self-disclosure of mental illness in the college classroom: The role of stigma and avoidance, Social Work in Mental Health, 22, 1, 1-16, DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2023.2239411

Gjesfjeld, C. D. (2022). The Vital Role of Field Supervisors’ Perspectives: Connecting the Field Setting to Social Work Competencies. Field Educator, 12.2, Simmons School of Social Work.


Gjesfjeld, C., Weaver, A., & Schommer, K. Qualitative experiences of rural postpartum women and implications for rural social work.. Contemporary Rural Social Work 7.2 (2015): 115-126.

Gjesfjeld, C. D. (2014). Meeting student resistance with empathic teaching in the college classroom. GAUISUS, 2. Retrieved from

Gjesfjeld, C. D., & Jung, J-K. (2014). Teaching poverty with Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A case study of East Buffalo and food access. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 34, 5, 531-544.


Self-disclosure of mental health identity in the college classroom: The role of stigma and avoidance.. 2024 SSWR Conference. Society for Social Work and Research. (2023)
Gjesfjeld, C. D. (January 2023). Mental health disclosure in the classroom: A request for belonging. Oral presentation at 2023 ISU Teaching & Learning Symposium – Normal, Illinois.
Creating self-reflective spaces: Facilitating classrooms to enhance diversity learning outcomes. ISU Teaching and Learning Symposium. (2020)
They aren't talking! Student self-disclosure in the college classroom.. ITLC Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning. (2020)
Engage students through emotion. CTLT One-Day Workshop. (2018)

Gjesfjeld, C.D., Houston, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (April 2017). Former foster youth in college: A needs and assets assessment. Roundtable session at American Educational Research Association – San Antonio, TX

Weaver, A., & Gjesfjeld, C.D. (January 2017). Rural women’s depression prevalence: What do we know and where do we go from here? Oral presentation at Society for Social Work Research Conference – New Orleans, LA

Gjesfjeld, C., Houston, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (2016). Former Foster Youth in College: A Needs and Assets Assessment. American Educational Research Association (AERA), Unit: Division J - Postsecondary Education; Section: Division J - Section 2b: College Student Success and Outcomes.
Mothers in a Rural Community: Women's Lived Experiences and Implications for Rural Social Work. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. (2016)
Engage Students Through Emotion. CTLT Faculty Fellow. (2015)

Grants & Contracts

Sharing Hidden Identities: Attachment Identity as a Predictor of LGBTQ and Mental Health-Related Self-Disclosure Events among College Students in the Classroom.. Illinois State University's College of Arts and Sciences Pretenure Faculty Initative Grant. Illinois State University. (2020)
Competencies in the social work field: And those are what?. Assessment Services. Illinois State University. (2019)
Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment.. Spencer Foundation. Private. (2015)