Giselle Hernandez Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW, CADC

Title: Director, Area Health Education Center - Northeast IL
Division: CHHS
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 227 H
Office Phone: 815-753-1821
Office Fax: 815-753-6169


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University, May 2023
    Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited
  • M.A., Clinical Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, June 2009
    Council on Social Work Education accredited
  • B.A., Applied Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 2007
    Graduated Summa Cum Laude and with College Honors

Certification and Licenses

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 020788 (2009 – Present)
  • Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor (CADC), 34707 (2018 – Present)
  • School Social Worker Endorsement, 871714 (2009 – Present)
  • Contextual Behavioral Therapy Fellowship, University of Chicago (May 2018)
  • Certificate in Addictions Counseling, Waubonsee Community College, May 2017
    Illinois All and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) accredited

Manuscripts and Publications

  • Navarro, H. (2023). The ambiguous loss of alcohol use disorders on affected family members: Can Al-Anon involvement and psychological flexibility make a difference? [Unpublished dissertation]. Northern Illinois University.
  • (Navarro) Hernandez, , Salerno, J., & Bottoms, B. L. (2010). Attachment to God, religious coping, and alcohol use. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 20(2), 97-108.

Professional Interests

  • Mental Health, Trauma Recovery, Grief, Ambiguous Loss
  • Addiction Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Recovery
  • Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centered Counseling
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Underrepresented and Underserved Populations
  • Multiculturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed Counseling, Teaching, and Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association for Addiction Professionals (August 2022 – Present)
  • Illinois Certification Board’s Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) Leadership Team (April 2021 – Present)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Member (April 2021 - Present)
  • Northern Illinois University, Conversation on Diversity and Equity (CODE), Member (2020 - Present)
  • Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, Member (March 2020 - Present)
  • Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Member (August 2017 - Present)


  • Northern Illinois University, Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2023)
  • Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals (Illinois Chapter), Rising Star Award (2021)
  • Northern Illinois University, Outstanding New Professional (2019)
  • University of Chicago, Alex and Miriam Elson Fellowship (2009)
  • University of Chicago, Recipient of Leila Houghteling Scholarship (2007)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduated Summa Cum Laude and with College Honors (2007)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Recipient of the Sarah Madonna Kabbes Scholarship (2007)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor’s Service Award (2007)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Martin Luther King, Scholarship (2007)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, President’s Award Program (2004-2007)

Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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