Aimee Hilado, PhD, LCSW, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University.
Dr. Aimee Hilado is an academic, researcher, and clinician specializing in immigration trauma and refugee/immigrant mental health. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University where she serves as the Curriculum Specialist in Human Behavior in the Social Environment and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on practice with immigrants and refugees and practice with children and families. Dr. Hilado is also the Founding Clinical Director of the RefugeeOne Wellness Program, a mental health program established in 2011 for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in one of the largest resettlement agencies in Illinois. It is the first mental health program in the state that has integrated a home visiting program for trauma-exposed pregnant mothers and families with children under age 3 of refugee/immigrant status.
Additionally, Dr. Hilado continues to present nationally and publish in the areas of mental health, home visiting, and culturally sensitive clinical practice; her most recent edited book is Models for Practice With Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration, Cultural Awareness, and Integrative Theory. She has played key roles in community organizing and advocacy, cofounding the Illinois Refugee Mental Health Task Force; serving as cochair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, Refugee and Immigrant Policy Workgroup; and training Mental Health First Responders as part of the citywide Chicago Is With You Task Force.
Dr. Hilado completed her PhD in Social Work, With Distinction, at Loyola University Chicago and a dual-degree master’s program in Social Work and in Science in Applied Child Development at Loyola University Chicago and Erikson Institute, respectively.