Professor Liechty received her PhD in Family Studies from the University of Maryland in College Park, an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, and a BA in Social Work from Goshen College. She has worked for over 14 years as a licensed Social Worker in hospitals, clinics, and health promotion programs with families and adolescents, adults with developmental disabilities, and persons with physical disabilities and chronic illness. She also maintained a private practice and consulting business for 10 years prior to joining the faculty at UIUC in 2007. She holds faculty appointments in the School of Social Work, the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the College of Medicine at Urbana, and the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine.
Research and Practice Interests
Professor Liechty’s research and practice interests are in exploring the psychosocial dimensions of health, wellness, chronic conditions and disability, and processes of growth and healing leading to greater quality of life. Of particular interest is how family processes influence health beliefs and behaviors in young children through young adulthood; and the interplay between individual, family, culture, and social determinants of health. A second area of interest is in healthcare professional education to enhance cultural competency, family systems awareness, interdisciplinary team care, and integrated behavioral and primary care. Dr. Liechty is the Principal Investigator on a 4-year federal Behavioral Health Integration workforce development grant (1.9 million from 2017-2021) from the Healthcare Resources Services Administration (HRSA). She is also the PI on Social Work HEALS: Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars Program (2015-2020), 5-year a national leadership training program funded through the National Association of Social Workers, the NASW Foundation, and the Council on Social Work Education.Back to Faculty & Staff Directory