Lisa V. Blitz

Assistant Professor

Lisa V. Blitz, PhD, LCSW-R, is a social worker, researcher, and educator with 25 years of experience in mental health and social justice centering on culturally responsive trauma-informed practice and organizational development. She received her BA from California State University, Los Angeles, and completed her MSSW and PhD at Columbia University. Dr. Blitz is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and the Associate Director of the Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships, a division of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies. She is engaged in community-based participatory research with urban and rural schools to develop practice approaches that eliminate disproportionally negative outcomes for students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged. 

Educational Background

  • PhD, School of Social Work, Columbia University
  • MSSW, School of Social Work, Columbia University
  • BA, Social Work, California State University, Los Angeles

Current Research Interests

  • Community-based participatory research to develop and test a culturally responsive, trauma-informed model for schools to enhance student engagement and reduce disproportionally negative outcomes for students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged

Current research projects include:

  • Understanding and addressing the professional development and team-building needs of elementary school teachers and classroom support staff to integrate trauma-informed methods into school climate initiatives and classroom management strategies
  • Identifying and testing methods to link teaching and classroom management strategies with knowledge about the neurophysiological impact of trauma and toxic stress to enhance student engagement in high schools
  • Assessing the impact of professional development activities with school personnel designed to integrate culturally responsive practices to engage students and families of color and those who are financially poor

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Lee, Y., Blitz, L. V., & Srnka, M. (in press). Trauma and resiliency in grandparent-headed multigenerational families. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.

Anderson, E., Blitz, L. V., & Saastamoinen, M. (in press). Exploring a school-university model for professional development with classroom staff: Teaching trauma-informed approaches. The School Community Journal.

Blitz, L. V., & Lee, Y. (2015). Trauma informed methods to enhance school-based bully prevention initiatives: An emerging model. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 24(1), 20-40.

Abramovitz, M., & Blitz, L. V. (2015, online ahead of print). Moving toward racial equity: The Undoing Racism Workshop and organizational change. Race and Social Problems. Published online ahead of print March 2015; doi:10.1007/s12552-015-9147-4

Blitz, L.V., Pender Greene, M., Bernabei, S., & Shah, V. P. (2014). Think creatively and act decisively: Creating an antiracist alliance of social workers. Social Work, 59(4), 347-350.

Blitz, L. V., & Pender Greene, M. (2014). Supporting her rise to power: Developing multicultural woman-affirming leadership. Training and Development in Human Services, 8(1), 35-49.

Yull, D., Blitz, L. V., Thompson, T., & Murray, C. (2014). Can we talk? Using community based participatory action research to build family and school partnerships with families of color. School Community Journal, 24(2), 9-31.

Blitz, L. V., Kida, L., Gresham, M., & Bronstein, L. R. (2013). Prevention through collaboration: Family engagement with rural schools and families living in poverty. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 94(3), 157-165.

Blitz, L. V., & Kohl, B. G. (2012). Using racial affinity groups to address racism in the organization. Administration in Social Work, 36, 479-498.

Pender Greene, M., & Blitz, L. V. (2012). The elephant is not pink: Talking about white, black, and brown to achieve excellence in clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40, 203-212.

Book Chapters

Blitz, L. V., & Pender Greene, M. (2013). Each person is sacred: Leading toward full inclusion in faith communities. In W. W. C. Ashley (Ed.), Learning to lead: Lessons in leadership for people of faith. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Kohl, B. G., & Blitz, L. V. (2010). White antiracism caucusing in a large human service agency: Lessons learned and unlearned. In J. Hitchcock (Ed.), Finding our direction. Roselle, NJ: Crandall, Dostie, & Douglass Books.

Lisa V. Blitz

Office:  University Downtown Center
               Room 211
Phone:  607-777-9169
Fax:       607-777-5683
Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated: 6/24/15