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Liliane Windsor

Associate Dean for Research, Professor

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(217) 300-1782

Office: 2113

School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada St.

Urbana, IL



SOCW561 Critical Dialogue

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


Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., MSW is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Windsor’s research focuses on the application of critical consciousness theory to the development of multi-level interventions designed to promote health equity in the fields of substance use disorders treatment, infectious disease, and the criminal legal system in marginalized communities. Dr. Windsor follows community based participatory research (CBPR) principles and the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). She 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 Critical Consciousness Collaborative (, a group of researchers, service providers, and consumers who partner with marginalized communities to develop evidence-based health interventions with real world impact.

Dr. Windsor is currently the principal investigator in two large randomized controlled trials funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to optimize the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Cascade.

Dr. Windsor is a 2019-2020 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with a placement in Senator Dick Durbin’s office.

Born and raised in Brazil, Dr. Windsor 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.

Selected Publications

  • Campbell, J., Kaur, A., Gamino, D., Benoit, E., Amos, B. & Windsor, L. (2023) Individual and Structural Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in a Marginalized Community in the United States. Vaccine. Aug 5:S0264-410X(23)00923-4. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.07.077. PMID: 37550145.
  • Lee, C., Gamino, D., Lore, M., Donelson, C. (2023) Use of research electronic data capture (REDCap) in a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART): A practical example of automating double randomization. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 23 (162).
  • Jemal, A., Windsor, L., Inyang, C., & Pierre-Noel, C. (2022) The critical dialogue cornerstone: Suggested Practices to guide implementation, facilitation and evaluation. Journal of Progressive Human Services: Radical Thought & Praxis. DOI: NIHMS1794814
  • Jung, H., Sunderrajan, A., Durantini, M., Sanchez, E., Windsor, L., Chan, S., Jung, A., O’Brien, T., Fayaz, B., Karan, A. Lee, C., Kwon, S., Albarracin, D. (2022) Testing a digitally distributed recruitment method to recruit a network of community agencies to fight the consequences of the drug epidemic: A study in thirteen American states. Journal of Community Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22846
  • Kim, H., Chiang, C.J., Song, E., J., Windsor, L. (2022) Do county mental health, physical health, and care provider availability predict child maltreatment report rates? Child Abuse & Neglect, 134. DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105880
  • Kim, H., Gundersen, G., Windsor L. (2022) Community food insecurity predicts child maltreatment report rates across Illinois zip codes, 2011-2018.  Annals of Epidemiology. DOI:
  • Kim, H., Gundersen, C., Windsor, L. (2022) Community food insecurity and child maltreatment reports: County-level analysis of U.S. national data from 2009 to 2018. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI:10.1177/08862605221080148
  • Kim, H., Song, E.-J., Windsor, L. (2022). Evidence-based home visiting provisions and child maltreatment report rates: County-level analysis of us national data from 2016 to 2018. Child Maltreatment. DOI: 10.1177/10775595221107533
  • Kim, H., Song, E.-J., Windsor, L. (2022). Longitudinal changes in the county-level relationship between opioid prescriptions and child maltreatment reports, United States, 2009-2018. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. DOI: 10.1037/ort0000682
  • Mogro-Wilson, C., & Negi, N., Acquati, C., Bright, C., Chang, D.F., Clark Goings, T., Greenfield, J.C., Gurrola, M., Hicks, T., Loomis, A., Parekh, R., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Valdovinos, M.G., Walton, Q.L., Windsor, L.  (2022).  Reflections from academic mothers of young children on social work research and education.  Journal of Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2021.2014726
  • Windsor, L., Benoit, E., Pinto, R., Sarol, J. (2022) Optimization of a new adaptive intervention using the SMART Design to increase COVID-19 testing among people at high risk in an urban community. Trials, 23(310). DOI:
  • Windsor, L. Jemal, A., Goffnet, J. Smith, D., & Sarol, J. (2022) Linking Critical Consciousness and Health: The Utility of the Critical Reflection About Social Determinants of Health Scale (CR_SDH). SSM Population Health, 17. DOI:
  • Windsor, L., Benoit, E., Pinto, R. M., Gwadz, M., and Thompson, W. (2021) Enhancing Behavioral Intervention Science: Using Community Based Participatory Research Principles with the Multiphase Optimization Strategy. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11(8):1596-1605. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab032. PMC8367018
  • Windsor, L., Pinto, R., & Lee, C. (2021). Interprofessional collaboration associated with frequency of life-saving links to HIV continuum of care services in the urban environment of Newark, New Jersey. BMC Health Services Research, 20 (1014).

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