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Dr. Elizabeth Lightfoot  [11]

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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.

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A comprehensive alcohol and drug testing policy in the workplace as an intervention in the mining sector

Maretha, Maree; Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Ananias, Janetta (Journal of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences., 2016)
The abuse of alcohol and drugs can negatively affect the workplace. The testing of workers for substances is a sensitive, yet effective intervention to minimise the percentage of workers who test positively for substance ...

The Inclusion of Disability as a Condition for Termination of Parental Rights

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Hill, Katharine; LaLiberte, Traci (Child Abuse & Neglect, 2010)
The number of families headed by a parent with a disability has increased substantially during the past century, particularly those headed by parents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (Tymchuck, Llewellyn, ...

Exploring the relationship between HIV and alcohol use in a remote Namibian mining community

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Maree, Maretha; Ananias, Janet (African Journal of AIDS Research, 2009-09)
In southern Africa, the use of alcohol is increasingly seen as creating a context of risk for HIV transmission. This qualitative study investigates the links between alcohol use and higher-risk sexual behaviours in a remote ...

Disentangling over-representation of parents with disabilities in the child welfare system: Exploring child maltreatment risk factors of parents with disabilities

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Slayter, Elspeth (Children and Youth Services Review, 2014-12)
The study explores the risk factors for child maltreatment and self-reported child maltreatment among a population-based sample of parents with disabilities. Drawing on a nationally-representative, population-based data ...

Cultural Beliefs Regarding People with Disabilities in Namibia: Implications for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Haihambo, Cynthy; Lightfoot, Elizabeth (International Journal of Special Education, 2010)
Namibia is a southern African country with national level policies promoting community inclusion and inclusive education. Despite these policies, people with disabilities are often excluded from schools and community life. ...

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