Lissette Piedra


Office: 2117

(217) 649-8836

Full Vita

Educational Background

2006    Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration, Chicago, IL

1997      Master in Social Work, Loyola University School of Social Work, Chicago, IL

1992      Bachelor of Arts, Syracuse University College of Liberal Arts, Syracuse, NY

Research and Practice Interests

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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