Leah K. Lazzaro, DSW, LSW
Leah K. Lazzaro, DSW, LSW, is the Assistant Dean of the School of Social Work. She completed her Doctor of Social Work Degree Master’s degree at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, her MSW degree at Monmouth University and her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
Her areas of research and experience include social work leadership and management, feminist theory, field education, volunteer management, program development/evaluation, online teaching and learning.
D.S.W., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
M.S.W., Monmouth University
B.A., Women’s Studies & Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Current Research and Scholarship
Cummings, C. & Lazzaro, L.K. (in process). Perceptions, preferences, and educational needs: Alumni voices in DSW development
Lazzaro, L.K. & Ward, K. (in process) Book chapter on Gatekeeping in Baccalaureate Program Directors Book
Lazzaro, L.K. (in process) Social work leadership: Still the missing ingredient
Publications or other Scholarly Work
Lazzaro, L. K. (2019).”Social work educators’ perceptions of their leadership and management competencies.” Social Work Doctoral Dissertations. 10.
NASW (2012). Community Development. (p. 55-59) NASW National Delegate Assembly Policy Panelist.
Jou, M.K., & Lazzaro, L.K. (2009). Collaborative Forensic Social Work with Refugees. In T. Maschi, C. Bradley, & K. Ward (Eds.), Forensic Social work: Psychological and legal issues in diverse practice settings. (337-348). New York: Springer.
Cummings, C. & Lazzaro, L.K. (2019). Perceptions, preferences, and educational needs: Alumni voices in DSW development. Presentation at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO October 24-27.
Moore-Bembry, N. Deepak, A.K., Lazzaro, L.K. (2019). From classroom to campus: Building a culture of anti-racism reflection and action. Presentation at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO October 24-27.
Lazzaro, L.K. (2019). Field education as a new innovation: Mentoring future social work leaders. Presentation at The Network for Social Work Management’s Annual Conference, Chicago, IL May 30-31.
Moore-Bembry, N., Deepak, A.K., Lazzaro, L.K. (2018). Growing together as allies: Expanding the circle. Presentation at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL November 8-11.
Lazzaro, L.K., Deepak, A.K., Moore-Bembry, N. (2017). Growing together as allies: A path to achieving equal opportunity and justice. Presentation at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX October 19-22.
Jou, M.K., & Lazzaro, L.K. (2008). From Persecution to Legal Limbo: Seeking Asylum. Presentation at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
2019 Commencement Graduate Student Speaker, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
2004 Social Justice Student Award, Monmouth University
2020 – Present Assistant Dean
2015 – 2020 Director of Field & Professional Education
2011 – 2015 Assistant Director of Field Education
2006 – 2011 Coordinator of Field & Professional Education
Frequently Taught Classes
Recently Taught Classes
2020 Summer C
- SW-627-01 - Implications of Social Justice and Human Rights for Social Work
- SW-426-01 - Seminar in Social Work