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Leslie D. Hollingsworth

Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Leslie D. Hollingsworth

Leslie Hollingsworth retired on 5/31/2016. Her research interests have focused on circumstances surrounding the lives of vulnerable children and families across the child welfare and mental health systems and their implications for social work practice and policy. Her adoption-related research examined perspectives and experiences of members of the adoption triad - adopted individuals, adoptive parents, and birth parents. She also evaluated the effects of Africentric curricular content on students’ knowledge, values, and skills in interpersonal practice with African American families. She was licensed as a clinical social worker in Michigan and Indiana.

Research Interests/Focus

Adoption, African American families, child welfare, mental health, birth parents, adoptive parents, interpersonal practice, family therapy

Contact Information

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lholling@umich.edu

Education

Year Degree   School
1995 PhD Child Development and Family Studies Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1988 Certification Marriage/Family Therapy The Family Therapy Institute, Cincinnati, OH
1965 MSW Social Work Syracuse University, NY
1963 BA Sociology/Psychology Bennett College, Greensboro, NC
Year Description
2008 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2008, February). Taking HB&SE to the streets: Update of a case study in community planning. Presentation to the Faculty of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Boston, MA.
2008 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2008, March). Linking interpersonal practice with community planning. Presented at the Spring Open House, UM School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2008, December). Embryo donation or embryo adoption: Some ethical considerations for social workers. Presented at the University of Michigan Health Services Department of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Hollingsworth, L. D., & Bybee, D. (2008, March). Predictors of positive depression screens among medically-underserved Detroit residents. Poster presented at the Third Annual Research Conference, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Hollingsworth, L. D., Allen-Meares, P., Shanks, T., & Gant, L. M. (2008, March). Designing a developmentally-based community services network that addresses the well-being of children and families. Poster presented at the Third Annual Research Conference, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2008, March). Are adult outcomes of children of the sex presumed preferred by their parents better or worse than outcomes of those not of the preferred sex. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Michigan Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Bath, MI.
2007 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2007, September). University of Michigan School of Social Work invited student orientation workshop organizer and presenter: Ethical Issues in Health and Mental Health.
2007 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2007, November). Training workshop for facilitators and recorders of the Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhoods project: “Dreams and Strategies” innovation. Presented at the UM Detroit Center.
2007 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2007, November). Combining physical and mental health care: Depression in medically-underserved individuals in primary care clinics. Presented at Social Work Day, UM School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2007 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2007, October). Does the Hague Convention provide a model for addressing identity needs of transcultural adoptees? Presented at the Adoption Ethics & Accountability Conference, Washington, DC.
2007 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2007, October). Forging community partnerships: A depression screening project in selected Detroit primary care clinics. Presented at the University of Michigan Depression Center Pilot Innovation Grants Update Seminar, Ann Arbor, MI.
2007 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2007, October). Taking HB&SE to the streets: A case study in community planning. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA.
2006 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2006, February). Invited respondent to Anthropology Doctoral Student Angela Harrison’s paper: A kinship marketplace: The commodification of children and families on the internet.
2006 Hollingsworth, L. D., Lal, J., & Smith, A. (2006, February). Panelists, 16th Annual Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) Conference: Can the subaltern speak? The case of transracial adoption.
2006 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2006, November). Contemporary issues in social work practice with persons with serious mental illness. Presented at Social Work Day, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2006 Hollingsworth, L. (2006, February). Role-play simulations in teaching evidence-based social work practice with families. Presented at the 52nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Chicago, IL.
2005 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2005). Women of Color panel. Presented at the University of Michigan "Muses," University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2005 Kearns, W. G., Hollingsworth, L. D., Kalfoglou, A., & Stout, J. E. (2005, October). Non-medical sex selection. Presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec.
2004 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2004, February). Preconception sex selection of children: Some implications for social justice. Presented at the Black History Month Celebration.
2004 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2004, May). Mentally-ill mothers and the custody of their children: Selected results of a qualitative research project. Presented at the UM School of Social Work Spring Open House, Ann Arbor, MI.
2004 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2004, May). Implications of genetics for contemporary social work. Presented at the UM School of Social Work Field Instructors Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI.
2004 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2004, April). Implications of genetics for contemporary social work. Presented at the Public Health Symposium - Genetic Threads: The Diversity of Research and Programs Across Campus.
2003 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2003, January). Prenatal sex selection: Ethical considerations. Presented at the Bioethics Values & Society Seminar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2003 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2003, February). Unity in the black community: The case of transracial adoption. Keynote presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Black History Month Celebration, Ann Arbor.
2003 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2003, February). National African American Parent Involvement Day. Presented at Slauson Middle School, Ann Arbor, MI.
2003 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2003, January). Child removals as a source of intervention and policy planning for women with severe mental illness. Presented at the Seventh Annual Conference, Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.
2002 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2002). Transracial parenting. Presented at the Women's Resource Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
2002 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2002, June). Custody loss among women with severe mental illness. Presented at the NIMH Conference: Social Work Research: Moving Forward, Rockville, MD.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2001). Women, girls, and child welfare: The second half of the story. Keynote address presented at the Annual Founders Day Luncheon, Washtenaw County Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2001). We are family: Multi-ethnic families through adoption. Keynote address presented at the Annual Dr. Fleming A. Barbour Community Conference, Flint, MI.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2001). Loss of child custody among women with a severe mental illness: Results of a qualitative study. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research 5th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2001). The life history calendar: Uses in qualitative research on child custody loss. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research 5th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2001). A content analysis of media-recorded interviews with transracially-adopted persons. Presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Charlotte, NC.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (November, 2001). Child placement arrangements of women with severe, persistent mental illness: An ecological systems perspective. Presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations.
2001 Hollingsworth, L. D. (November, 2001). Biosocial theory, sex selection decision rules, and the new reproductive technologies: Lessons from adoption practice. Presented at the National Council on Family Relations 2002 Annual Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop.
2000 Hollingsworth, L. D. (2000, February). Medicaid availability and the relinquishment of children for adoption. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, New York, NY.
1999 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1999). Religion as a predictor of adoption seeking: Is it still relevant? Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Third Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
1999 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1999, August). The personal and political in the adoption of children. Paper presented at the 1999 Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop of the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Irvine, CA.
1998 Hollingsworth, L. D. & Rosenberg, E. (1998). Rewriting self-narratives: Therapeutic interventions in the adoption circle. Presented at The University of Michigan School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, Ann Arbor.
1998 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1998). Attachment issues of adopted infants and young children. Presented at the Post-Masters Certificate program in Work With Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families.
1998 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1998). Predicting adoption seeking among women in the U. S. Presented at the National Survey of Family Growth Research Conference, Hyattsville, MD.
1997 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1997). Using africentric theory to predict adoption among African Americans. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Chicago, IL.
1996 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1996). Sociodemographic differences between African American adopters and non-adopters: Implications for public and private agency policy. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.
1995 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1995). A meta-analytic review of studies of transracial adoption. Presented at the Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Indianapolis, IN.
1995 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1995). Measurement of family demographic and psychosocial influences on subjective well being in African American adults. Paper presented at a Roundtable Discussion, Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Portland, OR.
1995 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1995). Adoption from an africentric perspective. Paper presented at the 1995 Region V Conference on Adopting Minority Children, Ypsilanti, MI.
1994 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1994). African American families: Paradigms and paradigm shifts. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana Council on Family Relations, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
1992 Hollingsworth, L. D. (1992). Do African American mothers really "raise their daughters and love their sons? A challenge for the African American family. Paper presented and published in Proceedings of the Conference: National Black Family Summit, University of South Carolina College of Social Work, Columbia, SC.

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