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Valerie Cintrón

Clinical Associate Professor

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(217) 265-0578

School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL
Office: 2046


SOCW 509: Advanced Clinical Assessment and Interviewing
HBSE I: Human Development

What I Do

I aim to model enthusiasm for embracing lifelong learning of the social work profession. I believe that learning is a dynamic process, and I strive to create a collaborative and supportive classroom environment in which students are empowered to participate as significant contributors.


Valerie Cintrón received her MSW from the University of Illinois in 2010. After graduation, Valerie provided bilingual counseling services in a local health clinic serving low-income and underinsured families. Her background includes providing support to individuals, couples, families, and groups using evidence based practice interventions that are adapted for cultural relevancy and to fulfill specific demographic needs. Valerie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also has a master’s degree in Community Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.

Selected Publications

• Cintron, V., Piedra, L. M., & Pineros-Leano, M. (2018). Vida Alegre: Teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Spanish. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(3), 292-310.

• Pineros-Leano, M., Cintrón, V., & Piedra, L. M. Culturally Adapted Cognitive Interventions for Depression-Treatment Tools from Vida Alegre. Benuto, L.T. (Ed.), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. New York, NY: Springer Press

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