Valerie Gordon-Garofalo, PhD, LCSW

Clinical Assistant Professor

Elk Place, Room 417
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A native of Mississippi, Dr. Valerie Gordon-Garofalo attended Ole Miss as an undergrad psychology major and received her MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Gordon-Garofalo earned her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. 

With over 30 years' experience as a social worker, her interests remain in clinical practice, group treatment, program evaluation and research on social work practice effectiveness, juvenile justice, and treatment of persons affected by HIV Disease and other chronic life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Gordon-Garofalo lives with her husband, two children, and family dog on the Northshore.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Social Work
  • Program Development and Evaluation


  • PhD in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin
  • MSW from The University of Southern Mississippi
  • BA in Psychology from The University of Mississippi

Community Involvement

  • Practice Sequence Co-chair, Tulane School of Social Work Educational Policy Committee, 2020-present
  • Faculty Advisor, Tulane School of Social Work Student Government Association, 2019-present 
  • Member, Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society, 1997-present 
  • Member, Society for Social Work Research, 1995-present 
  • Member, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, 1994-present 
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education, 1992-present 
  • Director of Program Evaluation, Juvenile Justice Program, LSU School of Public Health, 2009-2010
  • Editorial Board, Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 1998-2011
  • Editorial Board, AIDS Care: Psychological & Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 1998-2011
  • Director, TSSW Gary Lloyd HIV/AIDS Institute, 1997-2004
  • Board of Directors, Belle Reve & Belle Esprit HIV/AIDS Housing Support Services, 1998-2003
  • Board of Directors, AIDS Law of Louisiana, 1998-2000