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Michael John Chifalo, MSW was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado until the age of 18 when he moved to Los Angeles to begin study as a Trojan at the University of Southern California. In 1996, he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and in 1998, he followed that up with an MSW in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from top ten ranked USC School of Social Work. He began his post-Masters career with 1736 Family Crisis Center, a private non-profit providing family services specializing in domestic violence. As CalWORKs program coordinator, Michael trained hundreds of welfare-to-work participants in domestic violence situations to transition from violence to stable financially-independent situations where survivor and children could restore healthy functioning. After three years, Michael was promoted to Director of Welfare-to-Work Services, where a 4.5 million dollar federal DOL grant assisted permanent job placement for hundreds more women in domestic violence situations on welfare. After 7 years of success, Michael left LA to move with his partner to Mobile, Alabama where he worked in post adoption services aimed at stabilizing and sustaining family placement. In 2008, Michael retuned home to Colorado to begin his PhD in social work at the University of Denver. At DU, Michael focuses his research and teaching interests on the following: