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Dr. Elizabeth Lightfoot  [16]

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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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Caregiving in Times of Uncertainty: Helping Adult Children of Aging Parents Find Support during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Moone, Rajean (Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic, which is especially dangerous to older people, has disrupted the lives of older people and their family caregivers. This commentary outlines the adaptive and emerging practices in formal supportive ...

Preparing for the Academic Job Market: A Guide for Social Work Doctoral Students and Their Mentors

Lightfoot, Elizabeth (Journal of Social Work Education, 2019)
While the academic job market continues to be strong for social work doctoral graduates, there has been relatively little guidance for students and their mentors on how to prepare for and obtain these positions. Research ...

Parent Centered Planning: A new practice model for working with parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Lightfoot, Elizabeth (Children and Youth Services Review, 2020)
This article discusses the need for more models and interventions that focus on the broader support systems of parents with disabilities. Parent centered planning is introduced as a potential model for helping parents with ...

Consumer Activism for Social Change.

Lightfoot, Elizabeth (Social Work, 2019)
Consumer activism, or activism through participating in the market such as through boycotts or ethical shopping, is the most common form of political action in the United States aside from voting. While consumer activism ...

The GADE Guide: A Program Guide to Doctoral Study in Social Work

Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Beltran, Raiza (Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, 2016)

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