Lisa V. Blitz

Associate 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 associate professor in the Binghamton University Department of Social Work and Co-Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Studies. She is engaged in community-based participatory research with urban and rural schools to develop practice approaches that eliminate disproportionately negative outcomes for students of color and students 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 disproportionately negative outcomes for students of color and students 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

Blitz, L. V., Yull, D., & Clauhs, M. (in press). Bringing Sanctuary to school: Assessing school climate as a foundation for culturally responsive trauma informed approaches for urban schools. Urban Education.

Blitz, L. V., Yull, D., Solá, M. G., & Jones, J. E. (in press). Experiential learning to teach macro social work: Lessons learned from asset-based collective family engagement. Advances in Social Work.

Blitz, L. V., Anderson, E., & Saastamoinen, M. (2016). Assessing perceptions of culture and trauma in an elementary school: Informing a model for culturally responsive trauma-informed schools. Urban Review. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s11256-016-0366-9

Abramovitz, M., & Blitz, L. V. (2015). Moving toward racial equity: The Undoing Racism Workshop and organizational change. Race and Social Problems, 7(2), 97-110. doi:10.1007/s12552-015-9147-4

Blitz, L. V., & Lee, Y. (2015). Trauma informed methods to enhance school-based bully prevention initiatives: An emerging model. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24(1), 20-40. doi:10.1080/10926771.2015.982238

Anderson, E., Blitz, L. V., & Saastamoinen, M. (2015). Exploring a school-university model for professional development with classroom staff: Teaching trauma-informed approaches. The School Community Journal, 25(2), 113-134.

Lee, Y., Blitz, L. V., & Srnka, M. (2015). Trauma and resiliency in grandparent-headed multigenerational families. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96(2), 116-124. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.2015.96.13

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. doi:10.1093/sw/swu031

Lee, Y., & Blitz, L. V. (2014). We're GRAND: A qualitative design and development pilot project addressing the needs and strengths of grandparents raising grandchildren. Child & Family Social Work. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cfs.12153

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. The 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. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.4306

Book Chapters

Blitz, L. V., & Abramovitz, M. (2016). When does race matter? Examining antiracist organizational change through the lens of race. In A. J. Carten, M. Pender Greene, & A. Siskind (Eds.), Strategies for deconstructing racism in the health and human services. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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.

Lisa V. Blitz

Office:  University Downtown Center
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Phone:  607-777-9169
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Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated: 8/24/16