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Lightfoot

Elizabeth Lightfoot

Professor; Doctoral Program Director
Ph.D., Indiana University,
M.S.W., University of Minnesota
B.S. Santa Clara University

School of Social Work
Rm 105 PetersH

1404 Gortner Ave
Tel: 612/624-4710

Areas of Interest

Social Welfare Policy, Community Practice (Community Organizing and Advocacy), Disability Policy and Services, Gerontology, Child Welfare, Community Based Participatory Research, International Social Work

Biography

Elizabeth Lightfoot is a Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. She has been on faculty at the University of Minnesota since 1999 and has been the doctoral program director there since 2006.  Her main research interests are in the area of disability policy and services, and the intersections of disability with child welfare, aging, violence prevention and health.  She currently has several research projects underway exploring parental supports for parents with disabilities. She also has recently been involved in several community based participatory research projects related to refugee health.  She also is currently involved in several community based participatory research projects related to refugee health, and has an ongoing partnership with several community groups that are interested in developing asset based approaches to health prevention among refugees and immigrants, particularly from East Africa. Liz is very interested in international social work, and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Namibia in 2008 where she has ongoing collaborations, is involved in developing the SSW's new International Specialization, and is coordinating the MSW overseas placement in Namibia. The MSW courses she teaches regularly include community practice and social work with people with disabilities.  She has taught doctoral seminars in policy and research for sixteen years, and has advised sixteen doctoral dissertations, and been on the committees of many other doctoral students. She is currently the President of the Group for the Advanced for Doctoral Education (GADE), the Secretary of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and a Board Member of the Council of Social Work Education.  

Selected Publications

  1. Lightfoot, E., Nienow, M., Moua, K. & Colburn, G., Petri, A. (2016). Insights on professional identification and licensure from community practice social workers. Journal of Community Practice, 24(2), 123-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2016.1165328

  2. Lightfoot, E. & DeZelar, S. (2016). The experiences and outcomes of children in foster care who were removed because of a parental disability. Children and Youth Services Review, 62, 22–28.

  3. Lightfoot, E., Blevins, J., Lum, T. & Dube, A. (2016).  Cultural health assets of Somali and Oromo immigrants in the United States: Findings from a community-based participatory research project. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(1), 252-260. 

  4. Maree, M., Lightfoot, E. & Ananias, J. (2016).  A comprehensive alcohol and drug testing policy in the workplace as an intervention in the mining sector. Journal of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. 5(1): 120-126.

  5. Lightfoot, E. & Lee, H. (2015).  Professional international service learning as an international service learning opportunity appropriate for graduate or professional students.The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 14(1), 32-41.

  6. Lightfoot, E. (2015).  Disablism. In Smelser, N. & Baltes, P. (Eds). International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition. Pergamon.

  7. Lightfoot, E. & Slayter, E. (2015). Disentangling over-representation of parents with disabilities in the child welfare system: Exploring child maltreatment risk factors of parents with disabilities. Accepted in Children and Youth Services Review.

  8. Lightfoot, E. (2015). Social work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In Solomon, P. (Ed.). Social workers’ desk reference. (3rd Edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

  9. Simmelink, J., Lightfoot, E. , Dube, A., Blevins, J. & Lum, T. (2014). Health beliefs and practices of East African refugees: Views of East African community leaders and health care providers.  Accepted in  American Journal of Health Behavior.

  10. Lightfoot, E., Simmelink, J. & Lum, T. (2014). Asset mapping as a tool for community based participatory research in social work.  Social Work Research.

  11. LaLiberte, T. & Lightfoot, E. (2013).  Breaking down the silos: Examining the intersection between child welfare and disability.  Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(5),  471-479.

  12. Ananias, J. & Lightfoot, E. (2012). Promoting Social Development: Building a Professional Social Work Association in Namibia.  Accepted in the  Journal of Community Practice.

  13. Lightfoot, E & LaLiberte, T. (2011) Parental Supports for Parents With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 49(5), 388-391.doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-49.5.388

  14. Hill, K., Lightfoot, E., & Kimball, E. (2011).  Independent living services for youth with disabilities as they transition from foster care. Child Welfare, 89(6), 62-81.

  15.  Lightfoot, E., Hill, K. & LaLiberte, T.(2011).Prevalence of children with disabilities in the child welfare system.  Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2069-2075, DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.02.019.

  16. Lightfoot, E., LaLiberte, T. & Hill, K. (2010). Disability in the termination of parental rights and other child custody statutes. Child Abuse and Neglect, 34, 927-934.

  17. Lightfoot, E.& Kalomo, E. (2010).  The interplay of population aging and HIV/AIDS on social development in southern Africa: The case of Namibia. Social Development Issues, 32(1): 1-15.

  18. Haihambo, C. & Lightfoot, E. (2010). Cultural beliefs about disability in Namibia: Implications for inclusion of people with disabilities.  International Journal of Special Education, 25(3), 76-87.

  19. Hewitt, A., Lightfoot, E., Bogenschutz, M., McCormack, K., Sedlezky, L., & Doljanic, R. (2010).  Parental Caregivers’ Desires for Lifetime Assistance Planning for Future Supports for Their Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Family Social Work, 13(5).

  20. Lee, H., Park, E. & Lightfoot, E. (2009). When does a battered woman seek help from the police? The role of battered women’s functionality. Journal of Family Violence. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-009-9283-y. 

  21. Lightfoot, E., Maree, M. & Ananias, J. (2009). Exploring the relationship between HIV and alcohol use in a remote Namibian mining community. African Journal of AIDS Research, 8(3): 321-327.

  22. Moone, R. & Lightfoot, E. (2009). Social marketing strategies for reaching older people with disabilities: Findings from a survey of Centers for Independent Living Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 8 (2), 65-81.

  23. Lightfoot, E.& Williams, O. (2009).  The intersection of disability, domestic violence and diversity: Results of national focus groups. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 17(2), 133-152.

  24. Lightfoot, E.& Williams, O.  (2009).  Critical issues in researching domestic violence and people with disabilities. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 17(2), 200-219.

  25. Lightfoot, E. (2008).  Disability policy.  In  Midgley, J., Martin, T. & Livermore, M. (Eds.). Handbook of Social Policy. Thousand Hills, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 445-462.

  26. Lightfoot, E.(2008). Social work and case coordination with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In Roberts, A.  (Eds.). Social Workers’ Desk Reference. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Lightfoot, E. & Lee, H. (2011, June). Community Based Participatory Research: A methodological workshop for social work. APISWEA International Conference 2011. Shanghai, China.

  27. Lightfoot, E., LaLiberte, T., & Hill, K. (2007). Guide to Legislative Change: Disability status in termination of parental rights and other child custody statutes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.

  28. Lightfoot, E. & LaLiberte, T. (2006). Approaches to child protection case management for cases involving people with disabilities. Child Abuse & Neglect, 30 (4), 381-391.

  29. Lightfoot, E. (2007). Disability. In Blackburn, J. & Dulums, C. (Eds.) Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence based approaches to theory, practice and policy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

  30. Lightfoot, E. & Lum, Y. (2006). Work behavior of older people with disabilities in the era of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Journal of Social Services Research, 32 (4), 171-191.

  31. Lightfoot, E. (2006). Social Work Practice with Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities. In Berkman, B. & D'Ambruoso, S. (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. Oxford University Press.

  32. Lightfoot, E. & Gibson, P. (2005). Universal Instructional Design: An innovative framework for accommodating social work students. Journal of Social Work Education, 41 (2): 269-277.

  33. Lightfoot, E. (2005). International social welfare treaties: Implications for the United States. In Hokenstad, M. & Midgley, J. (Eds.) Lessons from abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

  34. Lum, Y. & Lightfoot, E. (2005). Effects of volunteering on the physical and mental health of older people. Research on Aging, 27 (1): 31-55.

  35. Umbreit, M., Vos, B., Coates, R. & Lightfoot, E. (2005). Restorative justice in the twenty-first century : A social movement full of opportunities and pitfalls. Marquette Law Review, 89 (2), 251-304.

  36. Lightfoot, E. (2004). Community Based Rehabilitation: A rapidly growing method of supporting people with disabilities. International Social Work, 47 (4): 455-468.

Selected Presentations

  1. Lightfoot, E. (2016, June). A PhD in social work: Exploring the possibilities.  Presented at the Joint World Conference in Social Work, Education and Social Development. Seoul, South Korea. 

  2. Lightfoot, E. (2016). The 2016 Presidential Elections from a Social Work Lens. CEUs on a Stick. Univerity of Minnesota School of Social Work, St. Paul, MN.

  3. Lightfoot, E., Bellin, M., Bricout, J., Hock, R., & Porterfield, S. (2016, January). How disability related research fits within the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative? Society for Social Work and Research’s 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

  4. Lightfoot, E. & DeZelar, S. (2016, January). Children’s experiences in foster care when their removal reason relates to a parent’s disability.  Society for Social Work and Research’s 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

  5. Lightfoot, E. & De Zelar, S. (2015, November). The effects on foster children of using parental disability as a removal reason. Presented at the 37th Annual Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Miami, Fl.

  6. Lightfoot, E. & Nienow, M. (2015, October). Community Practice Social Workers Views towards Professional Identity and Social Work Licensing. Presented at the 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

  7. Lightfoot, E., Berrick, J., Franklin, C. & Harrington, D. (2015, October). Preparing Doctoral Students for the Academic Job Market.  Presented at the 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

  8. Dube, A. & Lightfoot, E. (2015. October). Building on Cultural Health Assets to Promote Health among Somali and Oromo Refugees. Presented at the Minnesota Department of Health’s 2015 Community Health Conference. Public Health: Everyone, Every Day, Everywhere. Brainerd, MN

  9. Lightfoot, E. (2015, July). A cultural health assets approach to health promotion. International Consortium for Social Development’s 19th International Symposium, Singapore.    

  10. Lightfoot, E., LaLiberte, T., & Cho, M. (2015, January). A case record review of termination of parental rights cases involving parents with a disability. Presentation at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.

  11. Nurius, P., Luben, J., Gehlert, S., Palinkas, L., Hall, K., Lightfoot, E., Uehara, E., Goldbach, J., & Lanesskog, D.  (2016, January).  Training our next generation scientific work force to tackle Grand Challenges.  Invited Symposium.  Society for Social Work and Research’s 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC. 

  12. Lightfoot, E. (March 2014). Views of community practice social workers on professional identity and licensing 120th Minnesota Social Service Association Annual Training Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  13. Lightfoot, E. & Ananias, J. (2013, July). Professional Associations as a New Frontier in Promoting Social Development. International Consortium for Social Development’s 18th International Symposium, Kampala, Uganda.  

  14. Powell, R., Kaplan, K., LaLiberte, T. & Lightfoot, E. (2013, April). Ensuring the rights of families affected by parental disability: A call to action. Invited presentation,  Child Welfare League of America’s National Conference, Washington, DC.

  15. Bricout, J., Lightfoot, E., Blakey, J. & Ateek, S. (2012, November).  Designing university community partnerships as platforms for sustainable social work innovation. Presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC.

  16. Lightfoot, E. (2012, May).  Community based participatory research: A natural fit for social work research.  Invited workshop, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

  17. Lightfoot, E.  (2012, February).  Community based participatory research: Explorations for research in the Thai context. Special lecture, the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  18. Lightfoot, E., Lum, T., Dube, A. & Blevins, J. (2012, January). Cultural health asset mapping to reduce health disparities: A community based participatory research project in the East African refugee community. Presentation at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

  19. Putnam, M., Lightfoot, E. & Lum, T. (2012, January). Mixed measures: Distinguishing disability from aging in social science research on successful aging. Presented at the 17th  Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

  20. Lightfoot, E. & LaLiberte, T. (2011, October). Parental supports for parents with disabilities. Presented at the 57th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

  21. Bogenschutz, M. & Lightfoot, E. (2011, October). Twin Cities-Zambia Disability Connection: Creating community for inclusion of people With disabilities. Presented at the 57th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

  22. Lightfoot, E. & Lee, H. (2011, June). Community Based Participatory Research: A methodological workshop for social work. APISWEA International Conference 2011. Shanghai, China.

  23. Hollister, D. & Lightfoot, E. (2011, March). Advantages and limitations of short-term overseas study tours for MSW students.  Presented at the 4th Conference on International Social Work, Los Angeles, CA.

  24. Lightfoot, E., Bricout, J., Cramer, L., Slayter, E., Parish, S., & Putnam, M. (2011, January). Methodological, logistical and ethical issues in social work research related to people with disabilities.Presentation atthe 16th  Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research, Tampa, FL.

  25. Lightfoot, E., Lum, T. & Blevins, J. (2010, November) Community-Based Participatory Research: A sustainable approach to social work research. Presented at the 56th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR.