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.


  • 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 ) 




  • 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)