ANITA LIGHTBURN, Ed.D., Professor
BA, Wheaton College, M.S.S, M Ed., Ed.D., Columbia University, Certificate, MLE Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Anita Lightburn, is Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She is the Director of the Beck Institute for Religion and Poverty.
Dr. Lightburn’s professional interests are in community-based clinical practice, capacity building, and evaluation research and cross national studies in children and family services. Recent work on capacity building has been in leadership development in mental health and child welfare services, and with faith communities. Program evaluations and work with community-based clinical practice has been in school-based mental health, family support, early childhood intervention and systems of care for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance.
Dr. Lightburn has a background in both program evaluation and intervention research, and is a founding member of the International Association of Outcome-based Evaluation and Research in Children and Family Services. Current research focuses on the application of complexity theory to community based program evaluation, particularly the dynamic of synergy as a mediating factor in change and a salient dynamic in human service partnership collaborations.
Teaching assignments in recent years include Clinical I & II, Methods of Group Intervention, Capacity Building in Faith Communities and School Social Work in the MSW Program; and Mental Health Services in the PhD program.
Publications focus on community-based clinical practice, synergy in community mental health, family support, theories of change for evaluation and practice in family centers, methods of outcome evaluation, studies of innovative mental health service programs, managed care, special needs adoption, and the social worker as educator.
Books & Book Chapters
Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions, (Eds.) (2006). Handbook of Community-Based Clinical Practice, New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.
Gerald Schamess and Anita Lightburn, (Eds.) (1998). Humane Managed Care? Washington, D.C.: NASW Publications
Anita Lightburn (2008). Synergy and generativity in social work practice. In A. Roberts, (Ed.) The Social Worker’s Desk Reference. Pp. 3 - 8. New York: Oxford University Press.
Anita Lightburn and Chris Warren-Adamson (2008) An integrated practice model for family centers. In A. Roberts, (Ed.) The Social Worker’s Desk Reference. New York: Oxford University Press.
Anita Lightburn (2008). Actualizing synergy in community mental health system of care through assessing leadership collaboration. Pp. 266-269. In C. Canali, T. Vecchiato, & J. Whittaker, (Eds.) Assessing the “Evidence-base” of Intervention for Vulnerable Children and Their Families. Padova: Italy. Fondazione Emanuela Zancan onlus.
Anita Lightburn and Dale Lindquist, (2007). Module on conference development to further the social justice mission of a university institute. In M.A. Brenden and S. Spandl (Eds.) Social Work for Social Justice: Resource Guide. Pp.4-10. St. Paul, Minnesota: College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas.
Anita Lightburn, (2006) A theory of change for center-based family support practice and research. In Gordon, L., Bradley, J., Aue, N., & Holman, A. (Eds.) Building on family strengths: Research and services in support of children and their families. Portland, OR: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on family Support and Children’s Mental Health.
Phebe Session and Anita Lightburn (2006). What is community-based clinical practice: Traditions and transformations. Pp. 3-18. The Handbook of Community Based Clinical Practice .New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.
Anita Lightburn and Phebe Sessions (2006) Community-based clinical practice: Recreating the culture of care. Chapter 2. In A. Lightburn and P. Sessions, The Handbook of Community Based Clinical Practice. Pp. 19-38. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.
Martha Dore and Anita Lightburn, (2006). Evaluating Community-based Clinical Practice. In A. Lightburn and P. Sessions, The Handbook of Community Based Clinical Practice. Pp. 153-174. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.
Chris Warren-Adamson and Anita Lightburn (2006). Developing a community-base model for integarted family center practice. In A. Lightburn and P. Sessions, The Handbook of Community Based Clinical Practic . Pp. 261-284. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.
Anita Lightbum and Gerald Schamess. (2002). Generativity and the Intergenerational Nature of Social Work Practice, in Albert Roberts and Gilbert Greene (Editors), The Social Worker's Desk Reference. New York: Oxford University Press. 817 -822
Anita Lightburn. (2002). Family Service Centers: Lessons from National and Local Evaluations, in A.N. Maluccio, C. Canali and T. Vecchiato (Editors). Assessing outcomes in Child and Family Service: System Issues in Cross-National Perspectives. Pp. 153-173. New York: Aldine de Gruyter
Anita Lightburn and Chris Warren-Adamson (2006) Evaluating family centers: The importance of sensitive outcomes in cross-national studies. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare. Vol 9, pp. 11-26.
Berry, M., Brandon, M., Chaskin, R., Fernandez, E., Grietens, H., Lightburn, A., McNamara, P., Mumford, R., Palacio-Quintin, E., Sanders, J., Warren-Adamson, C., & Zeira, A. (2006) Identifying sensitive outcomes of interventions in community-based centers. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare. Vol 9, pp. 2-10.
Anita Lightburn (2006) Ending Intimate Abuse, Journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior Vol..11:5, p. 546.
Anita Lightburn, Mary Olson, Phebe Sessions and Ellen Coffey, (2002). Practice Innovations in Mental Health Services to Children and Families: New Directions for Massachusetts. Smith Studies in Social Work. 72:2. 279-301.
Anita Lightburn and Rita Beck Black. (2001). The Client as Learner and the Clinician as Teacher: Working with an Educational Lens, Smith College Studies in Social Work, Vol. 72:1,15-33.
Anita Lightburn. (2001). Clinical Social Work Practice in Community-Based Systems of Care, Smith College Studies in Social Work, vol. 71: 2, 357-377.