Liliane C. Windsor, MSW, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Texas at Austin
As a female born and raised in Brazil, I experienced the impact of privilege and oppression in my own life and in the lives of others around me. The desire to understand and address the roots and dynamics of social and health disparities led me to pursue a career in social work in the United States. During my master and doctoral education, I incorporated critical consciousness theory into my research. These experiences nurtured my interest in seeking multi-level solutions to health problems such as substance abuse and HIV/HCV infection at the intersection of criminal justice and social justice.
My research agenda aims to address health disparities by applying Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles in the development of an innovative theoretical framework informed by critical consciousness theory. This framework will be applied in the development and evaluation of multi-level community based interventions aiming to address health disparities. Currently, I lead the Newark Community Collaborative Board, a group of researchers, service providers, and consumers who have been developing, testing, and disseminating Community Wise, a multilevel intervention designed to reduce substance use frequency, HIV/HCV risk behaviors, and reoffending among residents in Newark, NJ who have histories of substance abuse and incarceration. I have overseen numerous externally and internally funded research studies in the United States and Brazil. Publications reporting my research findings have been published in several journals including Journal of Mixed Methods Research, AIDS Care, and Journal of Law and Psychiatry.