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Christine Goggins

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023


Lead Violence Recovery Specialist, University of Chicago Medical Center





Christine Goggins serves at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she helps patients and their families recover from intentional violence by providing crisis intervention and intensive clinical case management. Christine has been an advocate for Chicago residents impacted by violence in various capacities for the past 15 years. She experienced the devastating impact of gun violence first-hand when her best friend, Blair Holt, was shot and killed on a Chicago Transit Authority bus in 2007. Through her work she has engaged with the root causes of gun violence, and maintains a vested interest in addressing housing insecurity as a critical solution to the issue of gun violence in the community.

Christine is pursuing her second master’s degree in clinical social work with a focus in trauma response at The University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.