Liliane Windsor

Educational Background

Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., MSW is an Associate Professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work. She is a 2019-2020 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine with an assignment in Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois. Dr. Windsor is also a 2014 HIV Intervention Science Training Program Fellow at Columbia University and she currently serves in the program’s advisory board. Dr. Windsor is an elected member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. Her teaching interests include research methods, social justice, and substance use disorders. Born and raised in Brazil, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from FCH-FUMEC, Brazil in 1998. She moved to Texas in 2000 to pursue her Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.

Research and Practice Interests

Dr. Windsor’s research focuses on the application of critical consciousness theory to the development of multi-level interventions designed to reduce health inequalities related to substance use disorders, HIV prevention, and criminal justice in marginalized communities. Dr. Windsor follows community based participatory research (CBPR) principles and utilizes a variety of scientific methodologies including ethnography, randomized experimental controlled trials, measurement development, meta-analysis, and online survey. She is the founder and chair of the Newark Community Collaborative Board (, a group of researchers, service providers, and consumers who developed Community Wise, a multilevel intervention designed to reduce substance use frequency, criminal offending, and health risk behaviors. Dr. Windsor has overseen numerous research studies in the United States and in Brazil.

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