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Lissette Piedra

Associate Professor

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(217) 244-5236

School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada St.

Urbana, IL 61801

Office 2117


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SOCW 451A: HBSE I: Human Development

What I Do

My earlier work applies social work practice theory to the needs of communities that have experienced a rapid growth in their immigrant Latino population.  My recent work builds on this conceptual foundation by adapting a cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of depressed immigrant mothers living in communities with new Hispanic populations.  Subsequently, I developed Vida Alegre [Happy/Contented Life], a 10-week group CBT to address maternal depression and that trains bilingual BSW and graduate students to implement the model.


  • BA – Syracuse University College of Liberal Arts
  • MSW – Loyola University School of Social Work
  • PhD – University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration


Professor Piedra’s research interests explores the social consequences of an increasingly diverse society by examining how the language and culture of immigrants affect their access to and use of social and health services. Specifically, her analyses have focused on three interrelated topics, as they apply to Latino immigrants: (1) the mental health service barriers created by linguistic and cultural incongruence, (2) the increased need for bilingual and interpretational services in communities with rapidly growing immigrant populations, and (3) the adaption of interventions to these new service contexts through university and community partnerships.

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Piedra Awarded Extension Collaboration Grant

November 23, 2020

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