Gail Grabczynski

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Gail Grabczynski received her Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University; she had a double major in Psychology and Social Work and a minor in Business. Gail then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work; her focus was as a school social worker. She received her Masters degree in Social Work. Gail continued her educational pursuit by gaining her Master Online Teacher Certificate and also earned another Masters in the Science of Organizational Leadership from Dominican University. Gail earned a Doctorate from Olivet Nazarene University, writing her dissertation on Emotional Intelligence and its relationship to social media use, interpersonal violence, and gender.
Dr. Gail founded Making the Difference International, Inc. which assists in program development for both for-profit and non-for-profit companies, the company’s focus is on long-term behavioral modification and alterations. Making the Difference International, Inc. has consulted with various organizations including the National Football League, Chicago Bears, Welfare to Work programs, character development programs, employee assistance programs, domestic violence programs, and has conducted train-the-trainer programs around the world. In addition to her own consulting company, Gail is a tenured professor at Malcolm X College in the Behavioral Sciences Department. Her focus in the Department of Behavioral Sciences includes HIV/AIDS education and domestic violence awareness.
Dr. Gail also started her own private practice over 15 years ago. She utilizes multiple milieus with her clients, but most frequently utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions and follows it up with psycho-dynamic therapy. Many of Gail’s clients are professional athletes or high-level executives who have unique and challenging situations that they need to navigate. Gail is able to assist in steering her clients in ways to navigate their situation that is most advantageous for her clients. Dr. Gail partners with her clients to navigate their challenges and help them to be the best versions of themselves.
Dr. Gail has been solicited to give presentations on sexual and racial biases. Dr. Gail has been able to blend her academic training and her mental health training to develop programs and trainings to introduce and educate participants on their own biases and prejudices. The programs assist in challenging beliefs and attitudes while assisting in applying newly acquired skills into real-life situations. Dr. Gail has been sought out by universities, professional sports teams, and Fortune 500 companies to assist in developing their diversity and inclusion programs. Due to Dr. Gail’s research in emotional intelligence, she has uniquely created programs utilizing emotional intelligence as the foundation of the work, while challenging and altering antiquated and harmful ideologies both in the workplace as well as within one’s personal life.
Dr. Gail’s latest venture is creating evidence-based aromatherapies. She has collaborated with a French-trained Perfumer certified by Cinquieme Sen, Grasse. to create olfactory stimulants to assist individuals dealing with stress, anxiety and other troubling ailments. These scientifically supported fragrances have been utilized by executives in the C-Suite as well as professional athletes to assist in navigating their extraordinary stressors and anxiety.


EdD, Olivet Nazarene University



BS, Eastern Michigan University