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Liliane Windsor

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Liliane Windsor seated outside smiling at camera


(217) 300-1782

Office: 2113

School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada St.

Urbana, IL



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What I Do

My dream is to live in a equitable society where everyone has a fair chance to thrive. To do that, I partner with community members to develop and test health interventions that change individual behaviors, relationships, and communities.


  • M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work – University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. in Education – FCH-FUMEC, Brazil



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.

Dr. Windsor is currently the principal investigator of a large randomized controlled trial designed to optimize Community Wise (1R01MD010629). Dr. Windsor is also a co-investigator in in the Social Action in Rural Communities Study where she is developing and testing a participatory action research online training protocol to engage community members from rural communities affected by the opioid epidemic in research and behavioral health services (DPDA048570, PI: Dolores Albarracin).

Selected Publications

  • Windsor, L., Pinto, R., & Lee, C. (2020). Interprofessional collaboration associated with frequency of life-saving links to HIV continuum of care services in the urban environment of Newark, New Jersey. Manuscript under review. BMC Health Services Research.
  • Windsor, L.; Benoit, E.,Smith, D., Pinto, R. M., & Kugler, K. (2018) Optimizing a community-engaged multi-level group intervention to reduce substance use: An application of the multiphase optimization strategy. Trials, 19 (255). DOI: 10.1186/s13063-018-2624-5. PMC5921441
  • Jessell, Smith, Jemal & Windsor,L. (2016). Using online learning communities to facilitate collaboration in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Journal of Technology in Human Services. 34(3), 241-255. DOI:10.1080/15228835.2016.1186581. PMC5646695
  • Windsor, L., Jemal, A. & Alessi, E. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy: A meta-analysis of race and substance use outcomes. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21 (2), 300-310. DOI: 10.1037/a0037929
  • Windsor,L., Jessell, L., Lassiter, T., & Benoit, E. (2015). Community Wise: A formative evaluation of a community based health intervention. International Public Health Journal, 7(1), 79-90. PMC4653082
  • Windsor, L.; Pinto, R.; Benoit, E.; Jessell, L., & Jemal, A. (2014). Community Wise:Addressing oppression to promote individual and community health. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 402-420
  • Windsor, L., Benoit, E., & Jemal, A. (2014). Community Wise: Paving the Way for Empowerment in Community Reentry. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. DOI 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.023. NIHMS576112
  • Windsor, L. (2013). Using Concept Mapping for community-based participatory research: Paving the way for community-based health interventions for oppressed populations. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 7(3), 274-293. DOI:10.1177/1558689813479175

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