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.
Ph.D. in Social Welfare Policy Florida International University 2003
M.S.W. Florida International University 1990
B.A. University of Miami 1985
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)
Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
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, 13, Issue 1, Article 1, http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol12/iss1/1
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.
Alameda-Lawson, T., Lawson, M., & Lawson, H. (2010). Social workers' role in facilitating the collective involvement of low income, culturally diverse parents in an elementary school. Children & Schools, 32 (3), 172-182.
Lawson, M., & Alameda-Lawson, T. (2002). What's wrong with them is what's wrong with us. Journal of Community Practice, 9 (1), 77-97.
Book Chapters & Other Publications
Alameda-Lawson, T., & Briar-Lawson, K. (in press). The power of advocacy, resilience and collective efficacy. In Hope Matters, NASW Press.
Alameda-Lawson, T. & Lawson, M. (2002). Building community collaboratives. In M. O'Melia & K. K. Miley (Eds.), Pathways to power: Readings in contextual social work practice (pp.108-127), Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Alameda, T. (1996). RAINmakers: The consumers' voice. In K. Hooper-Briar and H. Lawson (Eds.). Expanding partnerships for vulnerable children, youth & families. Washington DC: Council on Social Work Education.
Hooper-Briar, K., Lawson, M., & Alameda, T. (1996). Partnerships for vulnerable children and families: Empowering families and communities to develop educational and life success for poor children. Institute on Race & Ethnicity Report, Texas A. & M. University Press: College Station, TX.
Referred Papers and Presentations
Bransford, C., Alameda-Lawson, T., & Allen, J. Community as playground: Creating contexts of play and learning in a high-risk neighborhood. Paper presented at the Declaration of Play: Bringing Back Childhood for the Future of Society Conference, Bryn Mawr College, PA, 21 September 2013.
Lawson, M., Alameda-Lawson, T., & Anderson, E. A latent class analysis of risk factors and profiles of school bullying, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, 27 April 2013.
Alameda-Lawson, T., & Lawson, M. Social processes and outcomes of collective parent engagement in vulnerable school communities. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, 29 April 2013.
Alameda-Lawson, T., Lawson, M., Anderson, E., Kida, L., Follette, P., Walker, V. P., Behuria, N., Weeden, J., & Gresham, M. Collective, Community-Based Family Engagement in a High Poverty, Rural (Emerging) Community School, Presented at the Coalition for Community Schools Forum, San Francisco, CA, 10 May 2012.
Lawson, M. A., & Alameda-Lawson, T. Using Evidence to Transform the Development of Full Service Community Schools. Presented at the Coalition for Community Schools Forum, San Francisco, CA, 10 May 2012.
Alameda-Lawson, T., & Anderson, E. Interprofessional Education and Collaboration: Addressing Bullying Prevention and Intervention. Presented at the Advancing School Mental Health Conference, Charleston, SC, 22 Sept 2011.
Community Engagement Faculty Fellow, California State University, Sacramento, 2009.
Centros comunitarios para el fortalecimiento familiar. UNICEF Guatemala y la Secretaria del Bienestar Social de la Presidencia, Guatemala City, Guatemala.July 2008.
La detección y prevención de la violencia intrafamiliar. UNICEF Guatemala y la Secretaria del Bienestar Social de la Presidencia, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 2008.
Member, Discussion Group, Technical Assistance and Race Equity Meeting, Convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Denver, CO, March 2008.
Member, Latino Consultative Group, Five Year Strategic Planning, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD, 1997-1999.
Member, Discussion Group, Working Towards Racial Understanding: Clarifying Perceptions--Demystifying the Myth, California Tomorrow/The National Center for Community Education. Flint, MI, 1998.
Member, Planning Committee, Working Towards Racial Understanding, California Tomorrow, San Francisco, CA/The National Center for Community Education. Flint, MI, 1997.
Member, Planning Committee, Retreat on Issues of Race and Ethnicity and Implications on Technical Assistance Group, Hosted by California Tomorrow, Marconi, CA, 1997.
Member, Latino Caucus, Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL 1995-1997.
Fund and Program Development and Technical Assistance Provider, The Parent Assembly, Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL, 1995-1996.
Consultant, Evaluative Methodologies for Empowerment-based Locality Development Strategies, F.O.P.A.R. (Fondo Participativo de Inversíon Social), Unidad de Financiamiento Internacional, Secretaría de Desarrollo Social, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995.
Participant, The Human Face of Reform, The Policymaker's Program Winter Meeting, The Danforth Foundation, Clearwater, FL, 1994.
Participant, Comprehensive Strategies for Children and Families: The Role of Schools And Community-Based Organizations, Working Meeting, President William Jefferson Clinton's Domestic Policy Council, The White House, Washington DC, 1994.
Consultant, Empowerment-based Locality Development, F.O.P.A.R. (Fondo Participativo de Inversíon Social), Unidad de Financiamiento Internacional, Secretaría de Desarrollo Social, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1994.
Courses taught at Binghamton University
SW522 Advanced Social Work Practice with Organizations
SW512 Generalist Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
SW525 Advanced Social Work Practice with Communities
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