Luca Badetti, PhD

Welcome to all! Through academic and community work, I integrate reflective scholarship and care with inclusive community engagement. 

I approach encountering self and others, particularly those at the margins, in an interdisciplinary way, merging theological and psychosocial insights. 

 

In my teaching and program coordination at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center I foster learning through service.

On this web-space you may find more about my academic, community, clinical, and research experience, and the vision that animates my work.

In my work I promote personal and social growth through inclusive community belonging.

background

  • PhD in Disability Studies

  • MS in Clinical Psychology

  • BA in Theology; Communication Arts. Minors: Mental Health and Human Services; Philosophy.

  • Fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

  • Post-graduate fellowship in Psychoanalysis

teaching+  RESEARCH

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC Department of Disability and Human Development) 

  • Adler University (Public Policy/Human Rights Advocacy)

Performed research for:

  • UIC Institute on Disability and Human Development

    • Special Olympics International

    • The Autism Program

    • LEND

    • Support Service Teams

    • Aging and Disability Research Centers (IDHD)

Taught at:

  • Loyola University      Chicago (Institute of Pastoral Studies)

  • DePaul University (Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies)

  • University of Roehampton London (Catherine of Siena College)

community+ CLINICAL

Worked at:

  • L'Arche Chicago (Director    

       of Community Life)

  • L'Arche Greater Washington DC (Assistant) 

  • L'Arche Irenicon (Assistant)

Lived and volunteered at:​

  • L'Arche Il Chicco (Italy)

  • L'Arche Trosly (France)

Co-created and co-chaired:

  • L'Arche USA Inclusion Team

     Provided Consultancy to:

  • L'Arche International

  • The Lay Centre

       Clinical Experience at:

  • UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics (Clinical Intern: Therapist and Social skills group co-leader ) 

      

PUBLICATIONS +   TALKS

Book:

  • I Believe in You (New City Press)

           Encyclopedia entries:

  • "Community" &"L'Arche," Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies and Controversies (ABC-CLIO)

Journal Articles (see CV)

 

Media writing:

  • The Huffington Post UK

Talks/Conferences (see CV)

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VISION AND ACTIOn

ENCOUNTER. How to believe in oneself and the other? In what ways can someone live out who they really are and relate to others beyond masks and projections? This book, grounded in simple and meaningful stories from a community with persons with disabilities, brings together psychological and spiritual insights for authentic individual and community living.

ENCOUNTER. How to believe in oneself and the other? In what ways can someone live out who they really are and relate to others beyond masks and projections? This book, grounded in simple and meaningful stories from a community with persons with disabilities, brings together psychological and spiritual insights for authentic individual and community living.

ENCOUNTER. How to believe in oneself and the other? In what ways can someone live out who they really are and relate to others beyond masks and projections? This book, grounded in simple and meaningful stories from a community with persons with disabilities, brings together psychological and spiritual insights for authentic individual and community living.

WATCH

READ

HEAR

Luca Badetti: Embrace your inabilities (Hoomans)

Interview w/L'Arche Chicago

(Relevant Radio)

CONNECT

  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
 

This book, grounded in simple and meaningful stories from a community with persons with disabilities, brings together psychological and spiritual insights for authentic individual and community living.

This beautiful book is about becoming who we are, with stories from the amazing community of L'Arche, one of the great Christian ministries of our age.

James Martin, SJ
Author of "Between Heaven and Mirth" 

The relevant insights and inclusive stories in these pages can help us believe and grow in our humanity, healing our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with the others.

Helen Prejean, CSJ

Author of "Dead Man Walking"

This book is a very profound human story of acceptance. Through stories, it (...) invites us to let down our barriers to celebrate what it is to be truly human. 

Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

President, Oblate School of Theology