Carmen Monico

Assistant Professor of Human Service Studies
Psychology & Human Service Stu 129A
2337 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6485

Brief Biography

Carmen Mónico, B.S., M.S., M.S.W., PhD, ERYT-500, SE Int. III

Dr. Mónico is an Assistant Professor at Elon University developing international opportunities for students in the department and across campus. She has the following taught courses at Elon: Arts & Science of Human Services, Working with Groups and Communities, Practicum Away (to Guatemala),  International Human Services, Global Violence Against Women, and Global Awareness (COR110), with an emphasis on Global Civil Society and Youth Engagement. She uses extensively Moodle in her teaching, aims at going paperless in her courses, and is constantly thriving for excellence in her teaching and student writing. To do this, she gets ongoing support from the Center for Learning and Technologies, the Teaching and Learning Technologies, and the Writing For Excellence Initiative. She was named 2014 Sustainability Faculty Scholars to integrate sustainability principles and practices in her courses and continues to do that since then. Before coming to Elon University, she was an Adjunct Professor and PhD candidate at the School of Social Work at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Using Blackboard, she taught the undergraduate course Social Welfare Legislation & Services (classroom format), and graduate courses Social Work and Social Justice (classroom and online) and Social Policy Concentration on Children and Youth (classroom).

Dr. Mónico completed her dissertation research on child protection and child welfare systems in Guatemala. Specifically, she documented the experience of Guatemalan mothers whose children were stolen for the purposes of intercountry adoption using qualitative, constructivist and feminist approaches. She has written a book chapter on birth parents searching for their forcibly disappeared children during and after El Salvador’s civil war for the book titled Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes by Ashgate. A collaborative chapter on international development, humanitarian aid and relief was published the Encyclopedia of Social Work in 2014. She has in press, a book in Spanish summarizing her dissertation work with the support of the Women's Institute at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala; as well as two joint book chapters on intercountry adoption for the book  Intercountry Adoption: Dialogues, Debates, and Discussions by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and one joint book chapter in Transracial and Intercountry Adoption Practices and Policies: A Resource for Educators and Clinicians by Columbia University Press. With the support of Elon’s University Undergraduate Research Program, she is engaged in undergraduate research mentoring on issues of human trafficking in North Carolina. She has ongoing IRB-approved research on intercultural/global competence and community/global engagement linked to the courses she teaches. She is awating for decision on a joint manuscript already submitted to an educational journal. She is finalizing three other joint manuscripts on issues concerning three topics relevant to her past professional experience, such as migration and human trafficking,  child abduction and intercountry adoption, and civic engagement and land rights.

Dr. Mónico’s scholarship includes being a research fellow of the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC), and a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Universidad del Valle of Guatemala. She  completed a year of academic exchange with the Women’s Institute at the Universidad of San Carlos de Guatemala when engaged in her dissertation research in that post-conflict country. She has earned academic awards from the Child Welfare Education and Support Program (2008-2009), and the Council of Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program (2009-2011). She also served as an Ambassadorial Research Scholar in Guatemala with support from the Rotary Foundation (2011-2012).

Prior to her academic career, as a Senior Consultant for the World Bank’s Social Development Department, Dr. Mónico monitored civil society involvement in World Bank-supported operations and conducted annual reviews of project and policy documents, with results published periodically. She also developed theoretical framework and managed research projects assessing and reporting on civic engagement and social accountability in various African, Latin American and Eastern European countries. She has worked for the largest U.S. coalition of PVOs, the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction) on development concerns. She has extensive work experience on U.S. refugee and foreign policy issues, and managed national and local organizations and grant-supported programs when working for the National Development Foundation (FUNDE) and the Foundation for Cooperation with Rural Communities (CORDES) in El Salvador, and with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and Central American Refugee Committees (CRECEN) Network in the United States.

Dr. Mónico has earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from VCU, and a Master’s degree in Development Management from American University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College. In addition, she earned a graduate certificate in International Economic Relations at American University. She also completed two years of clinical training with the Foundation for Human Enrichment on Somatic Experiencing for trauma healing. She received clinical training in Trauma First Aid, and undertook courses on mental health and trauma psychology/ psychiatry from the University of Missouri International Center for Psychosocial Trauma (UMICPT) and the International Medical and Education Trust (IMET). She also earned several certificates in Advanced Yoga and Thai Yoga Therapy from various prestigious American and Canadian health-oriented institutions. 


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