Tania Alameda-Lawson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tania Alameda-Lawson (Assistant Professor of Social Work) began her tenure at Binghamton University in 2010 following a 13 year appointment in the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Her current research interests include innovative designs for family and community engagement, full-service community schools, as well as inter-professional education and training programs. Dr. Alameda-Lawson has many years experience as a practicing social worker who served vulnerable and special needs populations. She directed and developed the nationally-recognized "Rainmaker" parent engagement model in Miami, Florida which has since been replicated in low-income African American, Latino, and Appalachian communities in several states across the country. As a part of her work with the Rainmakers, Dr. Alameda-Lawson served as a consultant for numerous organizations and philanthropic foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She served as a participant in President William Jefferson Clinton's Domestic Policy Council White House meeting on Comprehensive Services to Children & Families: The Role of Schools & Community-based Organizations. Dr. Alameda-Lawson earned her MSW and PhD in Social Welfare Policy from Florida International University.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Social Welfare Policy,
    Florida International University
  • MSW, Florida International University
  • BA, University of Miami

Current Research Interests

  • Empowerment and strength-based practices with disadvantaged children, youth, families, schools, and communities
  • Community development with special emphasis on asset-based neighborhood and community development guided by local residents
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • University-community engagement
  • Family-centered, culturally competent, community-based service delivery systems
  • Transformational leadership in service systems to improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations
  • Interprofessional education and practice (including service integration)

Recent Publications

Alameda-Lawson, T. (in press). A pilot study of collective parent engagement and children's academic achievement. Children & Schools.

Alameda-Lawson, T., Lawson, M., & Lawson, H. (2013). An innovative intervention for collective parent engagement in schools and neighborhoods in arrival cities. Journal of Family Strengths, (12)1. 

Lawson, M., Alameda-Lawson, T., Downer, J., & Anderson, E. (2013). Analyzing sub-population profiles and risk factors for school bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 973-983.

Lawson, M., Alameda-Lawson, T., & Byrnes, E. (2012). A multi-level evaluation of a comprehensive child abuse prevention program. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 553-556.

Lawson, M., & Alameda-Lawson, T. (2012). A case study of school-linked collective parent engagement. American Educational Research Journal, 49, 651-684.



Tania Alameda-Lawson

Office:  University Downtown Center
               Room 309
E-mail:  talawson@binghamton.edu
Phone:  607-777-9159
Fax:       607-777-5683

Last Updated: 8/19/14