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Lisa Y. Larance

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and LEO Adjunct Lecturer

Lisa Y. Larance

Lisa Young Larance, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, is a practitioner-scholar with wide-ranging clinical, community and prison-based practice experience. Her direct service includes providing individual trauma-informed therapy and co-facilitating intervention groups. Larance’s macro-social work practice is rooted in meeting organizational and community needs while serving violence-involved families. She has created and implemented innovative community-based programs providing intervention, advocacy and support for women with domestic and sexual violence survivorship histories who used force in their relationships: Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc.’s Vista Program (New Jersey) and Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County's RENEW Program (Michigan). She also co-developed and implemented Meridians for Incarcerated Women, serving women housed in Michigan Department of Corrections facilities. Larance’s consulting work includes the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Harmony House’s Nurturing Hearts Violence Prevention Program (Hong Kong, China), Baptcare and Berry Street’s +SHIFT Program (Victoria, Australia), and the United States Air Force’s Family Advocacy Program (Global). Her scholarship focuses primarily on understanding the legal, child protection and anti-violence intervention experiences of diverse women with domestic and sexual violence survivorship histories brought to formal systems attention for their use of force. Larance investigates how women’s institutional contact can both replicate intimate harm and facilitate positive change. Her work emphasizes the strategies women employ to navigate surveilling systems and their agency in healing from trauma and creating community. Larance’s work is published in Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, BMJ Open, International Social Work, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychology of Violence, and Violence Against Women. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work.


Year Degree   School
2021 PhD Social Work & Sociology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1998 MSW Research Washington University, St. Louis
1991 BA Women Studies Smith College, Northhampton
Year Description
2020 - Sp/Su Susan Lipschutz Award
2018 - Winter Joanne Yaffe Doctoral Fellowship
2018 - Winter Sociology Research Grant
2017 - Winter Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2017 - Fall Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship

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