Candace E. Coates, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Liaison

Candace E. Coates is a clinical assistant professor and field liaison in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience working within the area of housing individuals with clinical needs. Candace received her master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and holds an MSW from Loyola University Chicago.

Prior to her current position, Candace worked in various social work settings including outpatient and inpatient behavioral health, medical social work, social work education, and community-based services. She is especially interested in the effects of harm reduction housing and the housing first approach to ending homelessness. Candace has taught courses in diverse populations and social work policy and is currently working toward becoming a substance abuse counselor.


  • MSE, Master of Education, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 2015
  • MSW, Loyola University Chicago, 2008
  • B.A., Criminology and Law Studies, Marquette University, 2003

Professional Interests:

  • Homelessness
  • Clinical social work
  • Substance abuse
  • Harm reduction research
  • Politics and social work
  • Clinical crisis intervention

Professional Affiliations:

  • Appointed by Governor Tony Evers to the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board (2019-2023)
  • National Association of Social Workers member
  • African American Roundtable advisory board member

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