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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Ann T. Petrila

Professor of the Practice 
Coordinator of International Initiatives
Director of Global Practice Bosnia
MSW, MPA, University of Denver


  • field education
  • international social work
  • children's mental health
  • child maltreatment
  • foster care


Professor of the Practice of Social Work Ann Petrila is GSSW's Associate Dean for Field Education, coordinating the more than 600 agencies that offer field internships to MSW students. Her goals for the program include increasing the number and variety of international field internships.

Petrila’s previous teaching and community work focused on children's mental health issues, child maltreatment, the foster care system's impact on children and families, and psychosocial issues in the health care delivery system. She was the coordinator of the Clinical Social Work Department at the Children's Hospital in Denver and the social work director for the Fostering Healthy Futures program at the Kempe Children's Center.

Petrila also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics’ Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She serves as program director of Global Practice Bosnia, the oldest international service-learning program at the University of Denver.

See Web page and CV.