Tania Alameda-Lawson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tania Alameda-Lawson is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Binghamton University. Prior to her appointment at the University in 2010, she served as Associate Professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento for 13 years. A Cuban immigrant, Dr. Alameda-Lawson's research interests center on innovative designs for collective parent, family, and community engagement; full-service community schools; and interprofessional education and training programs. Her work has been published in leading education and social work journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Research on Social Work Practice, Children and Youth Services Review, and Children & Schools.

Dr. Alameda-Lawson has over two decades of experience working as a social worker in multiple organizational, clinical, and community settings. As part of this work, she developed and directed the nationally recognized "Rainmaker" collective parent engagement model in Miami, Florida. This pioneering effort — which engages low-income, culturally diverse parents in the design and development of full-service community schools — 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 on collective parent engagement, Dr. Alameda-Lawson has served as consultant for numerous organizations and philanthropic foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, as well as President Clinton's Domestic Policy Council on enhancing wrap-around service models in low-income communities. More recently, she has expanded her national reputation to include international consultancies with non-governmental and governmental agencies in Columbia and Guatemala.

Educational Background

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

Current Research Interests

  • Collective parent and community engagement
  • Empowerment and strength-based practices (with disadvantaged children, youth, families, schools, and communities)
  • Community development (with special emphasis on asset-based neighborhood development)
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • University-community engagement
  • Transformational leadership (in service systems to improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations)
  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation

Recent Publications

Alameda-Lawson, T. (2014). A pilot study of collective parent engagement and children's academic achievement. Children & Schools. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdu019

Alameda-Lawson, T., & Briar-Lawson, K. (2014). The power of advocacy, resilience and collective efficacy. In Hope Matters. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

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, 13(1), 1-24. 

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(6), 973-983. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.03.006

Lawson, M., Alameda-Lawson, T., & Byrnes, E. (2012). A multilevel evaluation of a comprehensive child abuse prevention program. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(5), 553-556. doi:10.1177/1049731512444165

Lawson, M., & Alameda-Lawson, T. (2012). A case study of school-linked, collective parent engagement. American Educational Research Journal, 49(4), 651-684. doi:10.3102/0002831211427206



Tania Alameda-Lawson

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

Last Updated: 10/21/14