Liz Lightfoot is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Doctoral Program at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Her main research interests are in the area of disability policy and services, and the intersections of disability with child welfare, aging, violence prevention and health. She currently has several research projects underway exploring parental supports for parents with disabilities. She also has recently been involved in several community based participatory research projects related to refugee health. Liz is very interested in international social work, and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Namibia in 2008 where she has ongoing collaborations, and is involved in developing the SSW's new International Specialization. Finally, she has been interested in how people and professionals have adopted new technologies into their lives and work, and is particularly interested in how technology has been used for broader social change both locally and internationally. The courses she teachers regularly include social policy and research courses in the PhD program, and community practice, community organizing, policy, management and new technology courses in the MSW program. She also advises a number of doctoral students.